Top stories in today’s VentureWire:
The founder of Eved discovered the meeting and event industry after helping her husband, a band leader, organize events, and she realized the market was huge and completely manual. Now the online marketplace has raised $9.5 million in Series B funding, taking its total to $12.3 million. The round was led by New World Ventures and MK Capital and includes current investor Merrick Ventures.
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Randy Haykin has started a new organization, the Gratitude Network, to invest in start-ups that are making a positive impact on society, especially in education. Haykin and his partners are raising a $25 million non-profit endowment that will invest in social ventures, and a $50 million conventional venture capital fund.
Also in today’s VentureWire: General Catalyst Partners has closed on $500 million for its sixth venture fund, according to a regulatory filing…Accelerys said it has paid $35 million to acquire VelQuest, a compliance software maker that was first funded by investors in 2000…and Fisker Automotive Holdings said that most customer- and dealer-held cars were outfitted with new battery packs after the recent recall due to a malfunction in its batteries.