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Kidaptive, an education-gaming startup and one of the first five companies to go through the Zynga-New Schools accelerator Co.Lab, announced today that it has raised a $10.1 million Series B. Formation 8 led the round, backed up by Menlo Ventures and Stanford University’s StartX accelerator. Kidaptive’s first app, Leo’s Pad, uses interactive stories to test kids’ educational development, giving parents data about that growth to help keep them on track. The new funding will finance 25 animated episodes for Leo’s Pad.
Nils Puhlmann, former Zynga chief security officer, is joining security solutions provider Endgame — best name ever — as CTO. The Arlington, Va.-based Endgame is backed by venture investors, including Kleiner Perkins and Bessemer Venture Partners, with about $54 million in funding. Before departing in 2012, Puhlmann was at Zynga for several years managing all security issues for the online gaming company.