Wiretap roundup: Dollars cascading on Silicon Valley

Groupon founder turned Silicon Valley refugee Andrew Mason gleefully tweeted Tuesday about the forecast for his former Chicago stomping grounds: “Expect wind chills between 20 and 30 below zero.” Weather watchers here in the valley are focused more on whether we’ll finally get more rain to help break our drought, but meanwhile, the shower of venture capital dollars is turning into a veritable deluge.

To wit:

• Tradeshift of San Francisco, which makes a supply-chain platform that connects half a million companies around the world, closed a $75 million Series C led by Singapore’s Scentan Ventures.

• Mountain View’s Shape Security, which emerged from stealth mode last month with a sexy new tool against malware attacks, kicked off a big week in data security by announcing a $40 million round led by Norwest Venture Partners and Promod Haque.

• Another San Francisco startup, d.light, flipped the switch on an $11 million Series C that included names like DFJ, Omidyar Network and Garage Technology Ventures. d.light develops low-cost solar power products for developing countries.

• Piazza, a Palo Alto startup launched by a Facebook refugee to build Facebook-style social networks for college classwork, announced an $8 million Series B. Khosla Ventures’ Keith Rabois joins the board, and Piazza CEO Pooja Sankar, whom I profiled a couple years back, tells me via email that Rabois “adds a TON of value, especially to a first time entrepreneur.”

• Same-day delivery startup Deliv of Palo Alto  scored $4.5 million from the four largest mall operators in the U.S.

• Palo Alto’s Workboard, which makes a mobile app to help managers keep track of worker productivity, announced a $2.75 million Series A led by Granite Ventures and Opus Capital.

• Knightscope, a startup housed in Sunnyvale’s Plug and Play Tech Center that makes autonomous, crime-fighting robots (think R2D2, not RoboCop) said it had reeled in a  $1 million-plus seed round led by Japan’s NTT DOCOMO Ventures.

Of course, all of this is mere chicken feed compared to the $350 million Dropbox has just raised, according to SEC filings turned up by Fortune. I have a note in to the company to see if they have any plans to comment or confirm, and while I’m not holding my breath, I’ll update this post as events warrant.


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