Investors: Granite Ventures and Keynote Ventures.
Details: Provides online service for customizing and creating character animation.
Santa Monica, Calif.
Investors: Angeleno Group and individual investors Miles Rubin (company founder), Mac Heller (co-chair of the company), Kevin Czinger (president and CEO of the company), Hank Paulsen (former U.S. Treasury Secretary), John Bryson (ex-Edison International CEO), Mack McLarty (former chief of staff for President Clinton) and Thomas Steyer (founder of Farallon Capital Management).
Details: Makes electric cars and battery systems. The company plans to develop an electric car to be introduced next year.
Applied Process Technology
Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Investors: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Details: Develops water-remediation technology. In August 2007, the company raised a little more than $1M of a targeted $8M round, according to a regulatory document. That document lists Kinetics Systems Inc., Rawson Investment and SEACOR Capital Corp. as beneficial owners of the company.
Blue Spark Technologies Inc.
Investors: Early Stage Partners and SunBridge Partners.
Details: Makes thin, flexible, green-printed industrial batteries. The funding is a first close on the Series B, which is targeted at $5M, according to a regulatory filing.
Burnaby, British Columbia
Investors: GrowthWorks Capital, Braemar Energy, Chrysalix Energy Ventures, The Entrepreneurs Fund and The Sustainable Development Canadian Technology Fund.
Details: Develops technology to generate fusion energy. The Sustainable Development Canadian Technology Fund contributed $13M to the early stage round, contingent on General Fusion’s ability to meet key milestones.
Joule Biotechnologies Inc.
Investors: Flagship Ventures.
Details: The company, which came out of stealth last week, said that its technology can use sunlight to directly convert carbon dioxide into a proprietary liquid energy.
Investors: Rogers Corp. (led), Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Rho Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures, OPG Ventures and Firelake Capital.
Details: Develops flexible lithium polymer batteries. The company plans to add another $1.1M within the next several weeks.
Investors: Warburg Pincus (led), Apex Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, HIG Ventures and Advanced Equities.
Details: Develops silicon photovoltaic cells. The company had previously raised $55M in funding.
Investors: Accel Partners (led), Foundation Capital.
Details: Provides residential solar electricity. The company previously raised $12M from Foundation and individual investors Parker Weil (managing director of Merrill Lynch) and Greg Avis (managing director of Summit Partners).
Investors: Index Ventures (led), Charles River Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Details: Provides consulting services to help reduce patent litigation. The company has now raised tow rounds of undisclosed funding. Giuseppe Zocco, partner and co-founder of Index, has joined the board.
Investors: Bain Capital Ventures (led), New York City Investment Fund, Espirito Santo Ventures, Village Ventures and High Peaks Venture Partners.
Details: Provides prepaid card processing technology. The company has now raised more than $25M in funding since 2007. Paul Zurlo, a partner with Bain Capital Ventures, has joined the board.
Redwood City, Calif.
Investors: U.S. Venture Partners and CMEA Capital.
Details: The stealth company is developing a search engine. The company previously raised about $6M.
Investors: Triangle Peak Partners (co-led), Adams Capital Management (co-led), HarperCollins Publishers, The New York Times Co. and Noro-Moseley Partners.
Details: Provides an online warehouse and distribution platform for book and newspaper publishers.
Extreme Reach Inc.
Investors: Village Ventures, Greycroft Partners and Long River Ventures.
Details: Provides a video advertising management platform. The company had previously raised $3.1M in funding.
Investors: Eagle Ventures (led), Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse and the Slater Technology Fund.
Details: Develops snake robot technologies for use in surgical and interventional applications.
Investors: CHL Medical Partners (led), Noro-Moseley Partners and Excel Venture Management.
Details: Provides sleep diagnostic services and equipment. Jeffrey Collinson of CHL, Michael Elliott of NMP, and Juan Enriquez of Excel have joined the board. Caleb Winder of Excel will serve as a board observer.
Investors: Praefinium Group and Trevi Health Ventures.
Details: Develops non-fusion spinal implant solutions. The company also secured $15M in venture debt from Fifth Third Bank. The company has now raised nearly $60M in several rounds of funding since 2005.
iControl Networks Inc.
Palo Alto, Calif.
Investors: ADT Security Services, Cisco Systems, Comcast Interactive Capital, GE Security, Charles River Ventures, Intel Capital and the Kleiner Perkins iFund.
Details: Provides a broadband home entertainment management solutions. The company has now raised $43.5M since 2006.
Akebia Therapeutics Inc.
Investors: Novartis Bioventures (co-led), Venture Investors (co-led), Triathlon Medical Ventures, Kearny Venture Partners, Athenian Venture Partners and Sigvion Capital.
Details: Develops small-molecule drugs to treat anemia and vascular disorders. The funding brings the total to $25M.
Investors: Alta Partners, Cardinal Partners and Polaris Ventures.
Details: Develops drugs to treat a wide variety of diseases, including inflammation, autoimmune, hematopoietic and metabolic disorders. The company has now raised about $24M in funding.
Avila Therapeutics Inc.
Investors: The Novartis Option Fund (led), Abingworth Management, Advent Venture Partners, Atlas Venture and Polaris Venture Partners.
Details: Develops small molecule drugs. The company has now raised more than $55M since 2007. In related news, Avila has signed an option agreement with Novartis that could be worth $200M.
Cerulean Pharma Inc.
Investors: Polaris Venture Partners, Venrock, Lux Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners.
Details: Develops nanoparticle-based drugs. The company had previously raised about $20M and recently signed a licensing with a subsidiary of Arrowhead Research Corp.
Investors: Sequoia Capital and VantagePoint Venture Partners.
Details: Provides tunable solutions and parallel array devices. The company has now raised about $100M in total VC funding since its 2000 formation from Sequoia, VantagePoint, Lighthouse Capital Partners, Menlo Ventures and Thomas Weisel Venture Partners.
Astoria Software Inc.
Investors: Goldman Sachs, Prism VentureWorks, Blueprint Ventures and Ticonderoga Capital.
Details: Provides enterprise software solutions.
Mountain View, Calif.
Investors: Polaris Venture Partners (led) and Maples Investments.
Details: Provides on-demand file server software solutions. The company had raised seed funding from Maples Investments.
Salt Lake City
Investors: In-Q-Tel, Canopy Ventures and Flywheel Ventures.
Details: Provides language translation tools.
Amount/Round: NA/venture debt
Investors: MMV Financial.
Details: Provides online video and Web conferencing solutions.
Bubble Motion Inc.
Mountain View, Calif.
Investors: Palomar Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Comcast Interactive Capital.
Details: Develops voice messaging applications for mobile operators. Al Snyder, CEO of Aepona, and Amanda Reed of Palomar Ventures, have joined the board.
Investors: Khosla Ventures (led), Sequoia Capital.
Details: Develops metamaterial air interface solutions for wireless communications. Pierre Lamond, general partner at Khosla Ventures, was previously with Sequoia Capital.