Wiretap: Thursday’s funding roundup

Lots of activity today in Silicon Valley:

• NationBuilder announced an $8M investment from Omidyar Network and Andreessen Horowitz. Aside from the fact that Pierre Omidyar and Marc Andreessen were two of the seminal figures in Web 1.0, there are some interesting threads here. NationBuilder was co-founded by Joe Green, Joe Green, founder of Causes.com and NationBuilderwho was there at the birth of Facebook, co-founded Causes with Sean Parker and now runs Fwd.US, the controversial lobbying organization launched by his Harvard roommate, Mark Zuckerberg. And, when he stepped down from NationBuilder in February, it was to briefly become an entrepreneur-in-residence at … Andreessen Horowitz!

Jim Gilliam, who launched NationBuilder and serves as its CEO, tells me the new cash infusion will help the company ramp up its engineering and sales teams and add features community organizers have been clamoring for.

• Speaking of Facebook: San Jose-based cloud-storage maker Panzura said it’s closed a $25 million Series D led by Meritech Capital Partners. Meritech made a boatload last year off its early bet on Facebook; Paul Madera, who led that investment, joins Panzura’s board. Prior investors, including Matrix Partners and Khosla Ventures, ponied up for the new round too.

• Mirantis, a Mountain View company that helps clients deploy and run OpenStack clouds, announced $10 million in funding from Ericsson, Red Hat, and SAP Ventures. The deal essentially doubles the size of the company’s Series A, which was first announced in December.

• And on the other end of the spectrum, a new consumer startup launched with $1.7 million from Canaan Partners.

Cuyana co-founders examining rolls of fabric

Cuyana co-founders do a little shopping in Turkey

San Francisco-based online fashion retailer Cuyana touts something it calls the “Lean Closet Movement,” which means that each time a woman orders clothing or accessories from the site, the company will ship her a bag to donate unwanted clothes to charity. Kind of a clever shtick.


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