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Nutanix today announced that it has closed its $101 million Series D financing co-led by Riverwood Capital and SAP Ventures. Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital and Greenspring Associates also participated in the round as new investors, joining existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and Battery Ventures in the largest single financing round in the history of the converged infrastructure market.

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MapR Technologies announced the appointment of Dan Atler as Chief Financial Officer. Atler brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience in public markets, mergers and acquisitions, and multinational operations, including managing three companies through successful IPOs.

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New approaches to security and customer interaction technology dominate BTN editors' picks for this year's Top 10 FinTech Companies to Watch.

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Honest has succeeded in leveraging four of the key trends of this ecommerce 2.0 era: brand-first, celebrity, subscriptions, and brick-and-mortar distribution. From the minute it launched, Honest, through its branding, made it clear this was a company that consumers were meant to trust. I don’t know what Lee paid for the domain Honest.com or how the trademarks were still available, but whatever the cost it was money well spent.

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Nutanix is transforming the datacenter as we know it and is empowering its customers to handle virtualized environments, Big Data and ever-growing mobile workforces. Traditional datacenter architectures employ discrete tiers of compute (servers) and storage, which are connected by a dedicated network—typically a storage-area network (SAN).

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DataStax, the company that powers the online applications that transform business, today announced that Silicon Valley veteran Dennis Wolf will join the company as chief financial officer, where he will oversee all of the company's financial and operational functions. Wolf arrives at a time when privately held DataStax is experiencing more than 150 percent growth year-over-year, rapid international expansion, and a continuing momentum of enterprises migrating from relational database management systems (RDBMS) such as Oracle to DataStax's Apache Cassandra(TM) -- based NoSQL solution.

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Outbrain, the leading content discovery platform, announced that it has closed a new round of funding of $35 million, bringing its total financing to $99 million. HarbourVest led the round with participation from Outbrain's existing investors Carmel Ventures, Index Ventures, Gemini Israel Ventures, GlenRock Israel, Rhodium, and Lightspeed Venture Partners, as well as a new participant, Vintage Partners. The company will use the new funding to continue its innovations in content discovery and expand its global business, which currently spans 13 offices.

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Start-ups based in San Francisco Bay area are offering novel perks—massages, body analytics, subsidized rents, trips to Tahoe and even helicopter rides—in hopes they will beat competitors to top talent.

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Jay Chaudhry Can’t Lose

08.12.2013 - NBC - Press:Here

Chaudhry’s first company turned dozens of employees into millionaires. His latest company – Zscaler- is worth a cool billion.

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‘Sharing economy’ moves mainstream

08.07.2013 - San Jose Mercury News

What's often known as the "sharing economy" -- represented by startups like Airbnb, Sidecar and TaskRabbit that match buyers with goods and services ranging from rooms to rides to running errands -- has long operated on the margins of legitimacy.

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