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A few tidbits as you’re sinking into your third (or fourth) cup of post-weekend coffee:

• Berkeley-based LightSail Energy, which makes energy storage technology, announced a $37.3 million Series D round led by Peter Thiel.  Khosla Ventures and some guy named Bill Gates also were involved in the funding. LightSail says it can boost the adoption of wind and solar power by making it easier to store megawatts of power and get them to the grid when needed. Oh, and the company’s co-founder is a 25-year-old who began her Ph.D. at Princeton at age 17.

• Across the Bay, San Francisco’s Kenshoo, which sells marketing software, landed $12 million in late-stage funding led by Tenaya Capital. Also in on the action is Sequoia Capital. Kenshoo (gesundheit!) says it plans to use the dough for “opportunistic product innovation,” which sounds exciting.

LightSail co-founder Danielle Fong

LightSail co-founder Danielle Fong

• And, although this isn’t a Silicon Valley company, Boston’s HubSpot, another online marketing play, scored a $35 million mezzanine round led by Brad Gerstner‘s Altimeter Capital. Last year, HubSpot pocketed $32 million in a round led by Sequoia, Google Ventures and Salesforce.com. At the time, I called that a blue-chip dream team.

Peter Delevett Peter Delevett (184 Posts)

Peter Delevett covers startups and venture capital for the San Jose Mercury News. He's been a journalist in Silicon Valley since the dot-com daze.