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After Three Years, Battery Selling Gas Detection Business to Tyco for $329.5M

LBO Wire--A bet back in 2010 that heightened emphasis on industrial safety and would create investment opportunities for Battery Ventures has paid off sooner than expected for the firm.

Announcing This Year’s 50 on Fire Winners

BostInno--Congratulations to these incendiary companies and individuals.

Venture Capital: Sand Hill Road Rules the Valley

Bloomberg Businessweek--Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Calif., is synonymous with venture capital in the way Washington’s K Street is with the lobbying industry. Since Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers became the first to hang its shingle in 1972, more than 20 other VC firms have set up headquarters there. Almost every prominent Silicon Valley company has received early-stage backing from one or more VCs on Sand Hill Road.

Woz Rejoins Flash-Memory Pioneers at New Startup

Wall Street Journal--The founders of Fusion-io, one of the first companies to bring flash memory chips to the data center, have a new company called Primary Data — and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has jumped aboard.

Ad Optimization Startup Boost Media Raises $19M More

TechCrunch--Boost Media announced earlier today that it has raised $19 million in Series C funding. The company allows advertisers to find the best version of their search ad — it tests variants created by a network of freelance copywriters and designers, identifies the versions with the most clicks or highest conversion rates, then promotes them in a broader campaign.

Veradocs Will Make Cloud Files Vanish if They Fall Into the Wrong Hands

Wall Street Journal--Cloud apps like Box and Dropbox make it easy for anyone to store and share documents. But they create worries for corporate IT departments, whose job is to prevent sensitive information from being leaked. Veradocs Inc. emerged Tuesday with $14 million in funding and a way to tackle the data leakage problem without forcing customers to shut cloud apps down.

Lost Key? Copies From the Cloud

New York Times--When Greg Marsh moved to New York three years ago, he discovered that his girlfriend often lost her keys and he had to spend hundreds of dollars changing the locks on their apartment. So Mr. Marsh founded KeyMe, a service that lets customers store digital copies of their keys, order them from a computer or iPhone and have them sent to their home or office.

6 questions with the most active VC in marketing tech

Chief Marketing Technologist Blog--Why is this man smiling? Well, if your firm had invested in Omniture, ExactTarget, Marketo, BlueKai, Tealium, Sprinklr, Neolane, Optimizely, Bazaarvoice, BrightEdge, and a stack of other successful marketing technology companies, you’d be smiling too.

Stratoscale scores $32M from Intel and others to converge your hardware

Gigaom--Stratoscale, which builds software that it says will morph standard servers into converged data center appliances, now has $32 million in new Series B funding.

Nitro Gets $15 Million In Series B From Battery Ventures

TechCrunch--Cloud document editing company Nitro just got $15 million from Battery Ventures. Nitro previously raised two undisclosed rounds from Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures, bringing the total up to $21.6 million now.

Businesses remain on Apple Pay sidelines

Los Angeles Times--For years, the big question facing mobile payment systems was whether enough shoppers would use them. Turns out, they will. IPhone 6 users rushed to register more than 1 million credit cards on Apple Pay in the first 72 hours last week, making it the most widely used contactless payment system available.

5 San Francisco Companies Disrupting Entire Industries

Inc.--I don't buy hotel rooms in advance anymore. I don't drive my own car. There's just no need. Technology has disrupted those industries and more is on the way.

Weekend Read: Merge the Yankees and Red Sox (in Tech, That Is)

Wall Street Journal--What is it that makes people so quick to pit New York against Boston — in sports, politics and, lately, technology?

Battery Ventures taps software veteran for private-equity business

Reuters--Boston-based Battery Ventures said it hired software executive Russell Fleischer as a partner for its private-equity business amid a buyout environment that offers rich returns but hard-to-find deals.

HubSpot’s shares soar on first trading day

Boston Herald--Shares of Cambridge-based software company HubSpot shot up on their first day of trading yesterday, marking the third successful initial public offering for a Boston tech company in the past three weeks.

Making Event Data The Language Of Business Intelligence, Interana Emerges From Stealth

TechCrunch--Interana, the stealthy startup founded by a who’s-who of programmers behind the new architecture of today’s brightest tech businesses, is taking the covers off its technology to turn event data into the lingua franca of business intelligence.

Battery Ventures buys 142 year-old testing equipment maker

Fortune--Battery Ventures is best-known for backing early-stage tech startups, but the bi-coastal firm also has a vibrant buyout practice that focuses on more established companies. But perhaps none quite so mature as James Heal, a 142 year-old UK company that designs and manufactures test instrumentation and test equipment for the textile and garment industry.

In Silicon Valley, Awe, Dread and Hope for Alibaba

Wall Street Journal--Silicon Valley, the center of the U.S. tech industry, watched the Alibaba IPO with a mix of anticipation, awe and dread.

Fastly Raises $40M to Make the Web Go Woosh

Forbes--Speed. When it comes to the Internet, we have an insatiable desire for it. The number of people who claim that they're happy with the speed of their Internet and don't want faster pipes is pretty much zero.    

What bubble? Legacy tech gets shut out

CNBC.com--Lost in all the chatter about the inflating tech bubble is an important detail: Most of technology's most notable names aren't participating. For the incumbents selling into the enterprise, the picture is downright bleak.    

Israeli Cyber Startup LightCyber in $10 Million Funding Round

Wall Street Journal--Light Cyber Ltd., an Israeli based cyber-security start-up, has raised $10 million in a new funding round led by Battery Ventures.

No One Tweets Like the Japanese, and That Was a Huge Problem for Twitter

Wired--Twitter engineer Mazdak Hashemi says the Japanese tweet like no one else on earth.

Inter-City Travel App GoEuro Raises $27 Million Funding Round

Wall Street Journal--GoEuro Corp., a Berlin-based online travel start-up, has closed a $27 million investment round. GoEuro’s platform lets users plan and compare travel routes between European cities by bus, train, or plane. Each option comes with trip details and costs, including transit times to and from airports.

For Billion-Dollar Companies, Venture Deals Outstrip Going Public

Wall Street Journal--Venture investors and the public markets are increasingly out of sync.  

GuardiCore Raises $11M to Protect Data Centers from Within

VentureBeat--We all know that blocking attacks from accessing data centers is not effective. Just think of the snooping government agencies have been able to do. Now companies have to acknowledge that activity and find better ways to deal with threats.    

Germ-Zapping Robot on ‘Power Lunch’

CNBC--Xenex Disinfection Services hopes to fight the war against Ebola. Its CEO Morris Miller shares a demonstration of the company's disinfection robot Sara, which he claims can destroy a deadly virus in 5-10 minutes.

Boston’s Battery Ventures Promotes Three Investors

Boston Business Journal--Boston-based venture capital firm Battery Ventures has announced three new promotions. Principals Alex Benik and Brian Lieber are now partners at the firm, and Morad Elhafed, formerly vice president for the venture firm, is now a princpal.    

Meet The Bay Area’s Top Female Venture Capitalists

7x7--According to a Fortune Magazine analysis from February 2014, just 4 percent of senior partners at venture capital firms are women; and only 12 percent of women, based on a study led by The National Venture Capital Association, are generally employed in the tech business. The Bay Area is still one of the most dynamic tech ecosystems where people are looking for more diversity: the quantity of VC firms that is starting to include women on their staff is increasing.

AppDynamics Nabs $120M to Join $1 Billion Club

Bloomberg BusinessWeek--AppDynamics, a startup that develops software for companies to monitor applications, has become the newest member of the $1 billion-plus valuation club.

Hexagon Acquires Vero Software

MarketWatch--Hexagon AB (sto:HEXAB), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies, announced today the acquisition of Vero Software, a world leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software.