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Capital Gains: Box Schedules an IPO and Peter Thiel Funds a Weed Startup

Plus, Glassdoor scored about $70 million.

Vjeran Pavic

A bunch of money changed hands in Silicon Valley this week. Here’s what went down:

  • The cloud storage and enterprise technology company Box set its IPO date for January 22, with plans to sell 12.5 million shares at $13. Box is looking to raise as much as $187 million, giving it a valuation of $1.5 billion.
  • Chinese company Bitauto disclosed that fellow Chinese e-commerce giants and Tencent would be investing $1.55 billion in the automotive information firm.
  • Privateer and the Peter Thiel-led Founders Fund announced they would be forking over $75 million worth of green to the cannabis tech startup Leafly in a Series B round.
  • The job search and review site Glassdoor raised $70 million in a round led by Tiger Global and Google Capital. The company has raised roughly $160 million to date, and has 27 million global users (Mashable).
  • Rethink Robotics, a company that develops robot technology for research and industrial purposes, raised $26.6 million in a Series D funding round led by GE Ventures. This round brings the company’s total funding to over $100 million since 2008 (CNBC).
  • The Boston-based health tech startup Par8o (pronounced “par-ate-oh”) announced it had scooped up $10.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Atlas Venture, Founder Collective and others (Xconomy).
  • VHX, a startup that helps media companies sell video content, is raising a $5 million round led by Comcast Ventures. In August 2013, the company raised $3 million in a round led by Union Square Ventures.
  • Facebook announced it acquired the smart voice technology startup for an undisclosed sum. Last October, raised $3 million in a funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz.

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