vArmour is a stealth security company that has raised $36 million in funding. Investors in this round include Menlo Ventures, Columbus Nova Technology Partners and Citi Ventures. Pravin Vazirani of Menlo Ventures and Mohsen Moazami of Columbus Nova Technology Partners are joining vArmour’s board of directors. vArmour will be using the funding to scale development and sales.
GoDaddy has acquired Mad Mimi, an e-mail marketing service that competes against MailChimp. This will enable GoDaddy to expand beyond domain name registration and website hosting. GoDaddy already offered an older e-mail marketing service called “Easy Email Marketing,” which will be replaced with Mad Mimi.
This week, FarmLink said that it raised $40 million in Series B funding led by OpenAir Equity Partners with participation from Thorndale Farm, Early Investments, Don Walsworth and John Rose. FarmLink is a company that offers online tools to help farmers improve productivity.
Thumbtack is a startup that connects customers with local services. It has raised $100 million in a new round of funding led by Google Capital with investment from previous backers Tiger Global Management, Sequoia Capital, and Javelin Venture Partners. Thumbtack has now raised $150 million in total. The funding will be used to increase its engineering team.
OnBeep is a communications startup that was launched by Jesse Robbins and Greg Albrecht. The company has raised $6.25 million in funding. OnBeep’s device is like a badge that connects to your phone through Bluetooth and focuses on real-time group communication. The device has a clip, a mic, a speaker, and a volume button.
Former Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer has stepped down from the board of directors at the company. Last year, Ballmer said that he was going to retire after a replacement was decided. The board ended up selecting Satya Nadella in February, but Ballmer kept a seat on the board. Ballmer said that he is leaving the board to focus on other activities. For example, he now owns the L.A. Clippers basketball team. He will also teach a class at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Ballmer owns more shares at Microsoft than anyone else, but he will no longer have a say in company decisions. Here is the letter that Ballmer sent to the the newly appointed CEO:
Frank Underwood, the main character of Netflix’s House of Cards played by Kevin Spacey, has prank called Hillary Clinton with an impersonation of her husband Bill. The video is in celebration of Bill Clinton’s 68th birthday. Spacey attempted to find out what Hillary is getting for her husband, but the attempt was unsuccessful.
Kids dump 5 ice buckets over my head for ALS & they nominate Notch, Johnny Depp and Tony Hawk! http://t.co/9RPWKG5BOl
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 16, 2014
Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO has accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge. His five boys were in the video: Griffin, Xavier, Damian, Saxon, and Kai. The boys had a great laugh pouring the icy cold water on his head. He accepted the challenge from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Musk passed the challenge over to Johnny Depp, Tony Hawk, and Minecraft creator Notch.