Coin Dropping Into Piggy Bank

Santa Clara storage startup Nexenta Systems leads us off with the biggest deal of the day: a $24 million D round of funding led by Four Rivers Group. A gaggle of prior investors, including Sierra Ventures, TransLink Capital, Javelin Ventures and West Summit Capital, also ponied up in the new round.

(In a busy day of announcements, Nexenta named Mark Lockareff chief executive officer; former CEO Evan Powell assumes the new role of chief strategy officer.) Mark Lockareff

Elsewhere in Santa Clara, a cloud-mobile data security startup called Armor5 emerged from stealth mode Wednesday and announced $2 million in seed funding. The deep pockets: Citrix, Nexus Venture Partners and Trinity Ventures.

And, in San Francisco, Gild — the game-ification answer to developer job boards like Monster — is touting an $8 million Series A from Steve Anderson of Baseline Ventures, SAP Ventures, Globespan Capital and Mark Kvamme. (H/T to eagle-eyed reader Wendell Laidley for spotting this.)

Rounding up a few other tidbits from earlier this week:

• Photo-polling app maker Polar announced a $1.2M seed round from a collection of notably smart people including Jerry Yang, Don Dodge, Maynard Webb and John Lilly.

•  San Francisco-based Codenvy (pronounced “code envy,” not “cod envy”) scored a $9 million infusion led by Vinny Smith’s Toba Capital, which is suddenly announcing deals every time I turn around.

•  Circle CI, a San Francisco fledgling that describes its app development platform as “Heroku for testing,” landed a $1.5 million seed round from some of the people who actually started Heroku, along with Eric Ries.

•  Another San Francisco startup, GlobeIn, kicked off its beta with a $1.1 million angel round from ex-MCI Chairman Bert Roberts, AnchorFree CEO David Gorodyansky et al. The site’s an online marketplace for artisans from around the world — think Etsy for developing countries.

•   At at the other end of the financing food chain, Intersect ENT — a Menlo Park life science company that makes sinus implants – snared a $30 million Series D round from Norwest Ventures, U.S. Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins.



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.