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Capital Gains: LinkedIn Goes to School, Domo Gets to $2 Billion and More

Another week, another unicorn.

Todd Bernard

LinkedIn made its first-ever billion-dollar acquisition, Josh James’ new company came out of stealth with a $2 billion valuation and more funding news from Silicon Valley:

  • The online education startup was acquired by LinkedIn for roughly $1.5 billion. The goal is to help LinkedIn expand its efforts to attract users who are looking for jobs.
  • Domo, the secretive business software company led by Omniture co-founder Josh James, landed a $200 million Series D investment led by BlackRock that sets the firm’s value at $2 billion. Capital Group, Glynn Capital and GGV Capital all participated in the round, which more than doubled the company’s February 2014 valuation of $825 million.
  • The marijuana-focused private equity firm Privateer Holdings just closed a $75 million funding round, including a multimillion-dollar investment from Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund. Privateer’s properties include Tilray, Leafly and the Bob Marley-branded cannabis grower Marley Natural (Fortune).
  • The online tickets retailer SeatGeek raised $62 million in a Series C funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures. The company last raised $55 million in August 2014 (Wall Street Journal).
  • Cloud software maker CliQr raised $20 million in a Series C round, featuring participation from Polaris Partners, Foundation Capital, Google Ventures and TransLink Capital (Forbes).
  • RedSeal, the network security firm led by ex-National Venture Capital Association president Ray Rothrock, raised $17 million in funding. New investors Tyco, Math Venture Partners, Pallasite Ventures and DRW bring the company’s total funding to $75 million (Silicon Valley Business Journal).
  • The cloud security company Palerra raised $17 million in Series B funding. The investors include August Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, Wing Venture Capital and Engineering Capital (eWeek).
  • The mobile video company Joya raised $5 million in Series A funding from Battery Ventures and Altos Ventures. Two apps Joya developed, FlipLip and Cleo, are among the 40 initial apps on the Facebook Messenger platform (VatorNews).
  • The Israeli-American sales and marketing technology company Folloze raised a $3.3 million early-stage funding round led by NEA, Cervin Ventures and TriplePoint Ventures (Globes).

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