Leader Ventures, a Menlo Park venture capital firm firm launched by a trio of Dominion Capital Management managing directors, has begun investing its new $300 million venture debt fund in companies including travel search engine SideStep Inc. and life sciences company XDx Inc. Read the full story at VentureWire (sub required).

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