It’s that time of year in Silicon Valley: launches, demo days, and a consistent stream of startups getting funded.

This week, our reporters covered the coming out party for Y Combinator’s startups, and the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. Investors attended both events in their droves, and were ready to open their check books. 

In short, our deals team will have their hands full in the coming months. But we’re just at the beginning of a funding cycle. Today, we saw some scattered investments in the $4-10 million range:

Clean tech startup Choose Energy grabs $4M from Kleiner Perkins

Today Choose Energy announced it’s closed a new $4 million round of funding to help advance its web service that enables consumers to compare prices for all the retail electricity plans available in the area, educate on each type of energy, and enroll them into a plan. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

Rev raises $4.5M for freelance marketplace from founders of similar service, a online marketplace to find freelancer work, launched today with $4.5 million in a 2012 funding round from oDesk creator Venky Ganesan and others. Read the full story on VentureBeat. 

Language learning startup Babbel will try to translate $10M into global growth

Language learning startup Babbel has raised $10 million in its second round of funding with a goal to grow globally and help more people speak new languages. Founded in 2008, Babbel wants to make learning a new language as fun as a game. It claims to offer more than 6,500 learning hours to help people become fluent in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and eight other languages. Read the full story on VentureBeat.

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