Here are the day’s funding stories:
The flash-storage mob has returned. Investors have dropped $225 million into Pure Storage, a company that sells fast-acting flash-storage boxes for data centers. And now Pure carries a pre-money valuation in excess of $3 billion, the company said in a release it issued tonight.
Read more on VentureBeat: Pure Storage puts away $225M to deliver data super-fast
Merus Capital closes $50M
Via email: “Merus Capital today announced that it has closed over $50 million in new commitments across two new funds, Merus Capital II and Merus Capital Opportunity Fund. … Merus focuses on what it calls iEnterprise companies. These are startups building hybrid platforms — enterprise-class software coupled with a consumer grade user experience. Through this hybrid approach, these businesses can scale from the consumer all the way to the enterprise.”
Health tech startup Guardant Health has raised a fresh $30 million round of funding. The startup is focused on developing a non-invasive cancer screening tool called Guardant 360 that uses blood samples instead of tissue, as VentureBeat previously reported. The screening tool was built to help patients avoid getting risky biopsies, which can cost around $10,000 for someone without health insurance.
Read more on VentureBeat: Guardant Health raises $30M for its revolutionary cancer detection tech
CorvisaCloud gets $30M
Via email: “Cloud-based communications provider, CorvisaCloud today announced that it has secured $30 million in funding from parent company Novation Companies, Inc. The additional capital will be devoted to expanding CorvisaCloud’s sales, marketing and operational development efforts and potential acquisitions. The funds will also be used to accelerate product development and customer acquisition of CorvisaCloud’s CorvisaOne contact center software products and platform.”
Ramona Pierson may be one of the closest things to Wonderwoman we have around. She was not only a math prodigy who joined the Marine Corps and wrote algorithms to find Russia’s nuclear silos and guide F-18 fighter missions, but she also survived a coma, built a analytics-based learning platform, and raised $5 million in seed funding.And now she’s just raised a new $16 million for her company, Declara. This is Declara’s first round of instiutional funding, and GSV Capital led the round, with additional participation from Data Collective, Founders Fund, and Catamount Ventures. The company will use the new funding to scale operations globally and build out its team. GSV Asset Management co-managing partner Mark Flynn will also join the company’s board.
Read more on VentureBeat: Declara’s social enterprise network is making teams smarter — and now it’s $16M richer
McAfee and Symantec have had their day. Now a startup called Sentinel Labs wants a shot at the antivirus market. Sentinel started last year, picked up some seed funding, and quietly released software to protect individual devices against advanced threats. Then, customers told Sentinel what they wanted next was new antivirus software for all their devices, co-founder and chief executive Tomer Weingarten said in an interview with VentureBeat.
Read more on VentureBeat: The next wave of anitvirus software will cover all your devices — even at work
HackSurfer co-founder and chief architect Jason Polancich loves rock and roll, wears long hair and goatee, and is 20-year NSA veteran. He did stints in military intelligence as a Russian and Arabic translator. He spent much of his time at NSA helping develop software and data systems. His company has 20 employees spread around the globe, with about half coming from NSA and sister intelligence agencies and the rest from the private IT sector. It’s not so surprising, then, that HackSurfer also focuses on cybersecurity.
Read more on VentureBeat: HackSurfer raises $3.5M so it can protect your cloud better
Codasip secures $2.8M
Via email: “Application specific processor design tool and IP provider Codasip, today announced that it has closed its first round of public funding totaling $2.8 million. This new investment will be used to further develop Codasip’s unique technology that enables ASIP’s to be programed using the same standard flows as existing processors. This innovation is key to eliminating the traditional complexity associated with ASIP designs and transition ASIP usage from a niche into mainstream design.”
WorkForce takes an undisclosed sum
Via email: “WorkForce Software, a leading provider of workforce management solutions, today announced that New York-based Insight Venture Partners has assumed a majority equity position in the company. The investment will accelerate WorkForce Software’s global expansion, including scaling operations to support the Company’s rapidly growing client base.”
Talixo takes an undisclosed sum
Via TechCrunch: “The Berlin-based startup, which was founded in 2012 and launched a pilot service in the city last summer, has closed what it describes as a 5x oversubscribed round. … Investors in Talixo’s new round are the Investment Bank of Berlin; Matthew Witt, former COO of booking.com; and an unnamed private investor.”