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Capital Gains: Carl Icahn Invests in Lyft, DocuSign's Big Round and More

Also, a new women-led VC firm launched this week.

Todd Bernard

This week in funding, activist investor Carl Icahn took a $100 million stake in Lyft, a venture capital firm led by two women raised $150 million for its new fund and bunches more. Here’s the rest of the froth:

  • DocuSign, which lets users sign documents digitally, raised $233 million in Series F funding led by Brookside Capital, with participation from at least a half-dozen other investors. The round sets the value of the company at $3 billion.
  • Hedge fund manager Carl Icahn dumped $100 million into the Uber ride-hailing rival Lyft, two-thirds of the $150 million in funding the company raised this week (the rest came from undisclosed investors).
  • Aspect Ventures launched this week, armed with $150 million in funding to make $3 million to $5 million Series A investments in new startups. It’s also worth mentioning that Aspect is the largest women-led VC, whose two founders have a track record of success at other big-name firms.
  • According to filings made public this week, Twitter paid a total of $86 million last year for its acquisitions of the new media talent agency Niche and the video-streaming service Periscope.
  • Instart Logic, which focuses on optimizing content delivery (how quickly and well stuff arrives on your screen), raised $43 million in a round with investment from Four Rivers Group, Hermes Growth Partners, Greylock Partner, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins and Tenaya Capital (Forbes).
  • The cloud marketing software company Percolate raised $40 million in Series C funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from investors Sequoia Capital, GGV Capital, First Round Capital and Lerer Hippeau Ventures (Forbes).
  • Enterprise archive software company Actiance raised $28 million in a funding round with investment from Golub Capital, Credit Suisse NEXT Investors, JK&B Capital, Scale Venture Partners and Sutter Hill Ventures. The new round gives the company $43.6 million in total funding (Silicon Valley Business Journal).
  • Gametime, an app that sells last-minute tickets for sporting events, raised $13 million in a new Series A round led by Accel Partners (Fortune).
  • Toronto-based enterprise software maker Wave Accounting raised $10 million in a Series C round featuring investment from CRV, Social+Capital Partnership and OMERS Ventures (Cantech Letter).
  • The Estonian-American CRM software company Pipedrive raised $9 million in funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Paua Ventures, Rembrandt Venture Partners and AngelPad (VentureBeat).

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