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6 February 2013

Pinterest looks for valuation boost in new fundraising round

Scrapbook website Pinterest is reportedly stepping up its efforts to convert its booming web traffic into cash.

6 February 2013

Lightspeed adds Tim Danford as new venture partner

Lightspeed Venture Partners has named former Storm Ventures managing director Tim Danford as a venture partner.

6 February 2013

Madrona Venture Group unveils ex-Microsoft exec as new venture partner

Venture capital firm Madrona Venture Group has hired former Microsoft executive Ted Kummert as a venture partner.

6 February 2013

Samsung expands start-up focus with new Silicon Valley seed fund

growth-seedling_sq South Korean electronics giant Samsung has launched a Silicon Valley seed-fund that will secure it a closer alignment to early-stage start-ups, working alongside its established corporate venturing arm.

6 February 2013

Ingenious launches two live events-focused fundraisings

music-festival5_sq Ingenious, the London-based media and entertainment-focused investment and advisory firm, has launched two fundraising initiatives aimed at investing up to £30m in the live events market.

6 February 2013

Albion Ventures invests £2m in healthcare SaaS company MyMeds&Me

UK venture capital investor Albion Ventures has invested up to £2m in healthcare software company MyMeds&Me.

6 February 2013

Russia’s IMI.VC backs mobile gaming company Game Insight

Social and mobile gaming company Game Insight has reportedly raised $25m in venture capital in a deal which values the Russia-based company at around $550m.

6 February 2013

VantagePoint pulls billion-dollar VC fund after LPs fail to bite

VantagePoint Capital Partners, one of the biggest names in cleantech venture capital investment, has reportedly pulled its latest fund due to a lack of LP appetite.

6 February 2013

IFC agrees up to $2.3m investment in Avanse Financial Services

college-education-graduat IFC, the private sector investment arm of the World Bank, is planning to pay up to INR125m ($2.35m) for a 20 per cent stake in India’s Avanse Financial Services.

6 February 2013

IFC backs Egyptian electronic payments provider Fawry

Global development institution IFC is to invest $6m in investing in Egyptian electronic payments provider Fawry in an effort to extend financial services and encourage economic development across the country.

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