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Lightspeed VC Caldbeck: Why Airbnb works, why Uber faces disruption

07.08.2013 - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Lightspeed Venture Partner Justin Caldbeck is excited about the wave of startups that are finding ways to put people with assets – cars, homes or even spare time – together with people who need them.

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Investors, including some of the world’s biggest technology companies, are buying into the start-ups behind SDN, a technology that allows users to substitute some of the most complex hardware functions in server switches with software.

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Insightera has raised $6.5 million to help marketers achieve this goal. The startup provides a business-to-business marketing platform that personalizes content in real time. It collects data on a visitor’s industry, location, and digital behavior, and automatically presents targeted, customized content.

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A quickly growing app, Whisper, launched May 2012 and offers an anonymous way for people to express secrets or other thoughts, which can be serious or funny. Los Angeles-based Whisper, even more than Snapchat (the ultra-hot app that just raised $60 million), is the anti-Facebook.

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Snapchat Closes $60 Million Round

06.24.2013 - AllthingsD

Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging service that has grown extremely popular over the past year, has closed its $60 million dollar Series B round of venture funding, the company announced on Monday morning.

The round, which valued the company at $800 million pre-money, was led by Institutional Venture Partners, with participation from General Catalyst Partners and SV Angel, and continued pro-rata participation from Benchmark Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners. With the new round, the company has raised around $75 million to date.

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Personetics, a leading provider of predictive customer engagement solutions for the banking industry, today announced that it has completed its series B funding of $11.5 million. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the second round of funding joined by Personetics’ existing investors Sequoia Capital and Carmel Ventures. This investment will be used to drive sales and scale operations to meet the growing demand for predictive solutions that transform the digital experience for banking customers. Following the series B funding, Yoni Cheifetz, partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, will join the Personetics board.

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Kenandy, Inc., the leader in SaaS-based ERP solutions for the global enterprise, today announces that it has closed $33 million in Series B financing. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with existing Series A investors — Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, salesforce.com, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati — also participating.

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Kenandy has raised $33 million in Series B funding to try to dominate the enterprise resource planning market.

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Salesforce is on a bit of an acquisition spree this week. After purchasing marketing software company ExactTarget for $2.5 billion, the sales SaaS giant has announced the purchase of EdgeSpring, an enterprise business intelligence and analytics startup.

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Bloomberg TV Interview with Jeremy Liew

05.31.2013 - Bloomberg TV

Lightspeed Venture Partners Partner Jeremy Liew discusses Bonobos Co-Founder and CEO Andy Dunn’s harsh letter to venture capitalists with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”

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