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Is Jajah dead? Well, depends on who and what you ask

Over the weekend, news broke that Telefonica was killing Jajah. While the news created a lot of consternation, the reality is that both parties got what they needed from the $207 million deal. Investors made money and Telefonica got something else.

SEC filings note $700M raise for Sequoia global growth fund

Documents filed with the SEC on Friday indicate that Sequoia Capital has raised $700 million for its global growth fund, an existing but not yet reported fund for international investments. The firm has been expanding internationally recently as the trend among VCs is to look overseas.

Okta gets $25M more to take on cloud identity management

The enterprise IT market is undergoing a radical shift thanks to cloud computing. On-demand computing has added agility but also increased complexity, and Okta, a startup that helps track who can access what corporate assets, has raised $25 million to bring identity management into the future.

Wi-Fi networker Ruckus raises $126 million in IPO

Ruckus Wireless cleared $126 million in an IPO that valued the company at $1.2 billion, though the stock tanked when it began publicly trading Friday morning. The company, however, is now well positioned to make a big mark in the carrier Wi-Fi market.

iPad publisher Inkling expands to iPhone

In a move aimed primarily at users of its textbooks, iPad publisher Inkling is making all of its titles available for the iPhone. The company’s interactive ebook publishing platform, Habitat, now works for iPhone as well.

Quantenna gets $79M to pursue multi-gigabit Wi-Fi dreams

Does the world need 2 Gbps Wi-Fi connections? Rusnano, Bright Capital and several other venture capital firms think it does. They have invested $79 million in Quantenna Communications to build the chips that will make such multi-gigabit wireless local area networks possible.

Songkick: We can be the public company for music fans

Sequoia’s $10m round of funding for concert database Songkick puts a lot of pressure on the London startup. But CEO Ian Hogarth says he’s ready to cope with everything that’s coming — and plans to make his site the hub for music on the web.

Another $40 million for Jawbone from Kleiner Perkins, Deutsche Telekom

Jawbone, a San Francisco-based company that makes mobile lifestyle accessories such as Jambox and Up, a personal health device has raised another $40 million in new funds from Deutsche Telekom, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, private investor Yuri Milner and J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Michael Moritz: Easy to start, tough to keep a company going

It’s easier than ever to start a company, according to Sequoia Capital General Partner Michael Moritz, but there’s still the question of how companies will stand the test of time. That was one takeaway from his chat with Om Malik at GigaOM RoadMap on Thursday.

Super VC Michael Moritz headlines GigaOM RoadMap

Michael Moritz, general partner at white shoe venture firm, Sequoia Capital is going to be a headline speaker at our GigaOM RoadMap conference, on November 10 in San Francisco. Moritz, along with other tech luminaries will help us figure out how connectedness will change our future.

Sequoia hires — and kicks tires — with Talenthouse deal

Sequoia will be crowdsourcing its job application process through Talenthouse, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup that allows companies and artists to hold design contests for things like album art and logos. Sequoia isn’t an investor in Talenthouse– yet. Could this essentially be a public tire-kicking session?

Is Color’s Team Worth $41M, Even if Its Idea Isn’t?

A startup called Color has raised a whopping $41 million from a group of funds including Sequoia Capital. Is the company’s photo-sharing app worth that much? Probably not. The funding is likely just a bet that the team involved will eventually come up with something worthwhile.

Lessons From Silicon Valley VC Legend Don Valentine

With all the fuss surrounding the recent “AngelGate” meetings, it’s instructive to listen to one of the legends of the VC business — Sequoia founder Don Valentine — talk about the approach and the thinking that led to his investments in companies like Apple, Cisco, Google and Yahoo.

Jive Raises $30M From Kleiner and Sequoia for Enterprise 2.0

Jive Software has raised a $30-million round of financing from legendary Silicon Valley venture capital funds Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers and Sequoia Capital, which the company says will help it take the concepts of social media and Web 2.0 and integrate them into the enterprise.

SunRun Raises $55M in Round Led By Sequoia

SunRun, after announcing a $100 million solar fund with utility PG&E last week, has closed a $55 million Series C round led by VC heavyweights Sequoia Capital. The solar financier plans to use the funds to ramp up sales and expand its U.S. operations.

Mobile Tech Provider Sencha Raises $14 Million

Sencha, an application development platforms provider, has raised $14 million in a first round of funding led by Sequoia Capital and joined…

Stealthy Sequoia-backed C12 Energy on Dealmaking Out West

Sequoia Capital-backed carbon capture startup C12 Energy now has “several early stage CCS projects,” in the works, according to testimony from founder Kurt House, who pulled back the curtain on what he sees as keys and challenges for deployment of carbon capture tech.

Mobile App Firm Snaptu Gets Funding

Mobile app startup Snaptu has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Sequoia Capital. Snaptu’s free app lets users access a series of…

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We track fund raising activities associated as part of our coverage of a company’s lifecycle. In addition to funding announcements, we look…

Why imeem Really Sold Out

This morning news broke that MySpace, the second-largest social network that’s currently reinventing itself as a music destination, was buying imeem, a…

Tokbox Changes Its CEO, Again

[qi:090] Tokbox, a San Francisco-based start-up that offers browser-based video chat, has lost its CEO, Nick Triantos. He has been replaced by…

Did Google Issue a Bear Call?

Updated with correction: A few months ago, Sequoia Capital doused the ever-ebullient Silicon Valley with a bucket of ice cold reality when…

Sequoia Rings the Alarm Bell: Silicon Valley Is in Trouble

Silicon Valley’s smartest investor, Sequoia Capital, is telling its companies to tighten their belts. Super-angel Ron Conway is telling his portfolio of startups to batten down the hatches, cut jobs, and get ready for the worst. The credit crunch is hitting tech land like the proverbial Category 5 hurricane. Continue Reading

What's There to TokBox?

Bain Capital must be psychic. Apparently they’ve looked into the future and seen that TokBox, a San Francisco-based startup, will either grow…

Music Social Net Imeem Gets More From Sequoia

Imeem, the music-based social net, has taken an unspecified follow-on investment from Sequoia Capital, according to Tech Confidential. Detai…

Do You Have a Hard Time Staying Focused?

Editor’s Note: If you do, consider these four tips from contributor Ben Yoskovitz over at the Instigator Blog. Ben’s full post, The…

Freemasonry, Lost Art of Founder-Networking

Ever lament the fact that you don’t have that coveted Harvard/Stanford/Wharton MBA? Sure, such emblems open doors, but there are plenty of…

Found|LINKS: Mar. 15 – Mar. 22

Our weekly roundup of posts you might have missed, but shouldn’t. 1) The 1st and 2nd Gospels of Sequoia Capital. We posted…

How to Optimize the Founder's Mind

Research shows that your brain function is both broadened and improved by “interdisciplinary exercise.” What does this mean? Be eccentric. Use your…

9 VCs You're Gonna Want to Avoid

Editor’s Note: Fundraising is tough. So more and more of you bootstrap as long as you can. But once you get close…

That’s Just A Shame

Apple’s been riding high for so long, they had to be knocked-down a peg sooner or later. News from Forbes is that…

1000 posts and counting…

That was my 1000th post for It has taken nearly 14 months to post that many items. Of course it does…