It’s already been a busy week for Silicon Valley startups and tech investors, with Vinod Khosla, Vinny Smith and Bill Gates among those pumping millions into companies with names like Varentec, Dataguise and Quantopian. And things aren’t slowing down Thursday. To wit:
• Jemstep, a Los Altos startup that offers online investment advice, announced an investment of its own: $4.5 million in a follow-on to last year’s Series A funding. The funders in that previous round weren’t identified, but the company says they all re-upped for the new round — as did new investor Caleo Capital, a wealth advisory firm in South Africa.
• Elsewhere in the sprawling metropolis known as Los Altos, a cloud app analytics startup called Netskope — and that’s not a typo — came out of stealth mode. The company also said it had scored a hefty $21 million war chest from Lightspeed Venture Partners and The Social+Capital Partnership, which has been very busy lately if my inbox is any indication. As for Netskope, one is tempted to ask if these are the same people behind iBay, Giigle and Yeehaw!
• OneLogin of San Francisco, which helps companies like Dropbox, Pinterest, Uber and Netflix manage employee access to the cloud and to on-premise apps, announced a $13 million Series B from Charles River Ventures and … The Social+Capital Partnership! See what I mean?
• And finally, Koality – a just-launched startup that offers a cloud-based software testing platform – announced a $1.8 million seed round led by Peter Thiel and his friends at FF Angel,along with Index Ventures and Maynard Webb‘s Webb Investment Network.
Of course, more news is likely to break before the sun goes down, so stay tuned to my Twitter feed.
Tags: bill gates, Charles River Ventures, Founders Fund, Jemstep, khosla ventures, Koality, Maynard Webb, Netskope, OneLogin, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Social + Capital Partnership, venture capital