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Lightspeed Venture Partners reels in $950M for new fund

Lightspeed Venture Partners has raised a big new $950 million fund. The venture firm has previously been interested in making early-stage and expansion-stage investments. Lightspeed portfolio companies include IPO candidate and application-performance management player AppDynamics, Hadoop distribution vendor MapR, and business-intelligence startup ThoughtSpot. GrubHub and Snapchat are also Lightspeed companies. Read more on VentureBeat.

Actifio brings in $100M to take on data storage giants

Actifio, a company that dreamed up a way to pare down the number of copies of a given piece of data while ensuring it will be available whenever companies need it, has raised $100 million in new funding. The company competes with storage titan EMC, as well as CommVault and Symantec. Read more on VentureBeat.

Demandbase snags $15M to conquer the virtual ad space

Demandbase, a business-to-business startup targeting the Internet’s corporate ad space, snared a $15 million fifth round of funding Monday. The Demandbase software allows companies to strategically target large and mid-size companies with real-time marketing campaigns. Read more on VentureBeat.

Hired scoops up a big $15M to help you … get hired

Hired, a marketplace for tech workers (developers, designers, data scientists, and product managers), just brought in $15 million to bring job seekers and employers onto one big, hopefully well-functioning, marketplace. Sierra Ventures and Crosslink led the round, with additional participation from SoftTech and Sherpa Ventures. The company requires employers to disclose upfront all details regarding a job’s salary, bonus, benefits, and so on, streamlining the traditional process in which companies usually know more than the job candidate. Read more on VentureBeat.

Amplidata packs in lots of data and $11M in funding, too

Amplidata, a company that puts itself in the software-defined storage category, announced today $11 million in new funding. The money will go toward pushing the company’s software and hardware for storing and managing lots of data. Intel Capital led the round, while Endeavor Vision, Hummingbird Ventures, Quantum, and Swisscom Ventures also participated. Read more on Digital Journal.

Wellspring Worldwide raises $3.5M to help companies manage knowledge, streamline innovation

Managing company knowledge assets just got a little richer. Wellspring Worldwide just filed a Form D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for $3.5 million in funding. This comes less than two months after the startup announced it had raised $5 million from MK Capital, although it’s unclear as to whether this document is part of that same round or a new investment. Today’s filing lists two investors and for a smaller sum. The Chicago-based company provides cloud-based software products that enable companies to collect, manage, analyze, and optimize their research and development efforts, clinical trials, intellectual property, and much more. Its website lists high-profile customers, such as Johnson & Johnson, Northwestern University, and FairfieldNodal, among others.

Virtual View raises $500K to serve up virtual-reality views of real estate

U.K. startup Virtual View has raised $500,000 to make those luxurious condo apartment pictures jump off the pages of real estate glossies. Headed by estate agent Domenic Versace, the startup has already partnered up with multiple U.K. real estate agencies like Jackson Stops and Staff, Harrods, and Fine & Country. Virtual View plans to use the money to expand the team of augmented reality experts, 3D artists, and app developers working out of its London offices. The funds come from unnamed individuals with a “finance and professional services background,” according to estate agent Domenic Versace. Read more on VentureBeat.

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