The week in funding: New rounds for Kaminario, EarlySense, VMTurbo, and Altiostar

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There was a lot happening this week, and some news may have slipped under the radar. Here are some of the bigger stories in funding from local companies.  

Kaminario adds $15 million in new funding

On Thursday, Newton-based Kaminario, an enterprise focused flash-storage company, announced that it has added $15 million to the $53 million in funding it announced in December, bringing its total amount of investment money raised to $143 million.

The investors in the entire $68 million Series E round include Silicon Valley Bank, Lazarus Hedge Fund, and an unnamed public company, as well as prior investors Sequoia Capital, Pitango, Globespan, Tenaya and Mitsui.

Kaminario, which was founded by former EMC executive Dani Golan, also has offices in Silicon Valley and Yoqneam, Israel.

EarlySense gets $20 million in funding from Samsung

EarlySense, an Israel-founded company that has its US headquarters in Boston, received $20 million in new funding this week.

The company makes a healthcare sensor that can be placed under a bed and can monitor heart and respiratory rate, movement, and sleep to be used by patients who need to be observed after leaving the hospital.

Samsung Ventures led the investment with $10 million, and previous investors Pitango Venture Capital, Welch Allyn, JK&B, Proseed, and Noaber all took part as well.

Samsung Electronics president and chief executive BK Yoon included EarlySense in his keynote address at CES this year, which can be watched below:

VMTurbo announces $50 million in new funding

VMTurbo, a Boston-based cloud and virtualization management company, announced on Tuesday that it has raised a $50 million Series D round of funding. The new investment was led by ICONIQ Capital, and joined by Bain Capital, Globespan Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners, and a number of strategic investors.

The buzz surrounding the news has to do with ICONIQ Capital, which is a San Francisco firm, described by Forbes as “an exclusive members-only Silicon Valley billionaires club,” with ties to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, and Sheryl Sandberg, as well as Twitter/Square’s Jack Dorsey, and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman.

Altiostar’s $50 million

According to multiple sources, Tewksbury-based Altiostar Networks, a company making telecommunications hardware for cell towers, added $50 million of its own this week.

The company, which received $50 million from Cisco in 2013, just came out of stealth in the fall of 2013.

Dennis Keohane was a Senior Staff Writer for BetaBoston.
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