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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Venture funding: some deals for April

There were a few interesting business funding deals and almost deals in April. Here are a few:

HyTrust, a virtualization start-up, launched its flagship product Monday with $5 million from its backers, VentureBeat reported. Trident Capital led the round, which included participation from Epic Ventures. HyTrust’s launch partners include VMWare, Symantec, Cisco and Citrix, the publication said. The start-up aims to enable the broader adoption of virtualization software by companies, by cutting down on security risk and aiding compliance.

Teradici, a Canadian start-up that is developing chips to deliver a PC-like experience over a network, said it completed a $17 million Series C round of venture funding. The investors included the venture arm of Telus, as well as Alloy Ventures, GrowthWorks Capital, Skypoint Capital, BDC Venture Capital and Alta Berkeley Venture Partners, Teradici said in a press release.

Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, after a board-level conversation, has declined a funding offer that would value the social network firm at $4 billion, VentureBeat reported. VentureBeat, citing sources, said the company rejected the funding because it doesn’t need it.

Twitter is talking to big Internet companies about forming partnerships with them, but not looking to sell itself, a Twitter investor and board member, Fred Wilson, told the Bits blog.

Stoke, a mobile broadband start-up, has landed $15 million in a fourth round of financing, VentureBeat reported. New investor Net One Systems, Japan’s leading networking and systems integration provider, provided money as did previous investors, including Reliance Technology Ventures Limited, Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, VentureBeat said.

FreeWheel, an online video advertising broker, has nabbed $12 million in a third round of funding, VentureBeat reported. Funding for the start-up, founded by former DoubleClick executives, was provided by Foundation Capital and Battery Ventures.