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KPCB and Google Ventures leads $120 mln round for Slack — Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures have led a $120 million funding round for San Francisco-based messaging and search platform Slack. Other investors included Yammer founder and former PayPal COO David Sacks. According to Slack, this current capital infusion puts the company at a post-funding valuation of $1.12 billion.

peHUB First Read — Omega to buy Aviv in all-stock deal valued at $3 billion. World Bank pledges $100 million to send health workers to Ebola-hit countries. Apollo Global assets up 45.4% for year; income drops significantly. Hella raises $350 million ahead of IPO. German automotive supplier to list next month Big banks brace for penalties in probes.

SEC scrutiny of net IRR calculations spurs discussion — Earnings calls for two publicly listed private equity firms were spiced up this week by analyst questions about how the firms calculate net internal rates of return. The questions were spurred by a Reuters report earlier this week that the U.S.

Comic strip app Bitstrips scores $8 mln Series B — Toronto-based comic strip app Bitstrips has received $8 million in Series B funding, a spokesperson for the firm confirmed. The investors in this round were Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and return backer Hong Kong-based Horizons Ventures. The capital infusion will be used for personnel hiring and product development.

Sources say PitchBook is on block, CEO says ‘not for sale’ — Two private equity executives told peHUB that PitchBook Data is on the block, but the CEO of the research company said it is not for sale. The two PE executives, who asked not to be named, said that PitchBook is being shopped around, but neither had any details, such as the asking price or whether it has hired a banker.

Autodesk unveils $100 mln fund for 3D printing — Autodesk said it has formed a $100 million 3D printing fund to support startups developing hardware, software, materials and market places critical to the 3D printing ecosystem, specifically its Spark software. The Spark Investment Fund will be "stage agnostic" and consider co-investments alongside venture and other strategic investors.

Roth Capital leads $14 mln round for LiquidSpace — LiquidSpace has secured $14 million in Series C funding. Roth Capital led the round with participation from other investors that included Shasta Ventures, Black Diamond Ventures and Lucas Venture Group. Also, the company has named Chuck Drake as vice president of marketing. LiquidSpace is a real-time marketplace for professional meeting and office spaces.

Gogoro to raise $100 mln Series B — Energy firm Gogoro is currently closing a $100 million Series B round. The investors have not been named. In 2011, Gogoro raised $50 million in Series A funding. PRESS RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO, Oct.

Small fund approach brings results to NY pension: VCJ — The New York State & Local Retirement System has benefited by doing what many large pension funds don't: sticking to a smaller fund venture strategy. In the past dozen years, the public LP in large part has favored early stage funds of $100 million or so and less, and avoided big multi- and late-stage offerings from the likes of New Enterprise Associates and Technology Crossover Ventures.

Top 10 VC posts: Phreesia, Enjoy, TaskEasy and ScoreBig slam-dunk new rounds — Trending in venture capital this week: Enjoy, Phreesia, Socure, TaskEasy, and ScoreBig snag big rounds.
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