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Privacy Startup Personal Raises $4.5M

The startup Personal, which makes a digital vault for safe storage of personal information, has raised $4.5 million in a round led by Bill Miller of investment manager Legg Mason, bringing it to $20 million raised in total. Washington, D.C.-based Personal recently switched from a free consumer service to a paid service that larger enterprises offer to consumers, but it hasn’t announced any partners yet. Personal also disclosed that Esther Dyson and Jonathan Miller are on its board.

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Mango Health App That Games Taking Meds Launches With Target Partnership

San Francisco-based Mango Health — a new mobile app aimed at allowing people to manage their personal health by tracking medications and nutritional supplements they take — is launching after a 16-week pilot program and a strategic deal with retail giant Target. The app rewards users with gift cards or allows them to make charitable donations for correctly following their medical regimens by using game design principles. Consumers can also check for interactions between medications, supplements and foods, and get dosage reminders. Mango has raised $3.1 million in seed funding from venture firms First Round Capital, Floodgate and Baseline Ventures, as well as angel investors Mark Pincus and Keith Rabois.

Sherpa, a New “Predictive” Personal Assistant App, Stays One Step Ahead of You

Can Sherpa stand out from the personal assistant app pack?
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To VC or Not to VC: Former Square COO Rabois Leaning Toward Khosla Ventures Job

A Silicon Valley choice.
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Special Projects Head Shakil Khan Moves on From Path

Two roads diverged in a digital wood …
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TaskRabbit Hires Google’s Brown-Philpot in a Renewed Management Expansion (Video)

Can a seasoned Silicon Valley exec deliver for the marketplace for personal projects and services?
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Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe on One Million-DNA March and More (Video)

Can the personal genome company get people to keep spitting for their health?
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Max Levchin Says Marissa Mayer’s “Very Ballsy Move” to CEO of Yahoo Was the Reason He Finally Took Board Seat

I now remember why I really like that Max Levchin: He blogs!
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