Wiretap’s Wednesday wrapup: Venture capital deals in Silicon Valley

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.




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