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Investment firm with Omaha ties contributes to Yammer’s $85m round

San Francisco March 1, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Wednesday morning, we broke news that Omaha startup closed a $5.4m Series A round led by Capricorn Investment Group, an investment arm of eBay founding president Jeff Skoll and other entities. Capricorn's co-founder and chief information officer is Stephen George, a native Nebraskan who recently relocated to Omaha.

Wednesday afternoon, Capricorn appeared in the news again, as it was one of four new investors that participated in the $85 million financing round of Yammer, a San Francisco-based provider of enterprise social networks.

In the coming months, you can expect to hear more about Capricorn on Silicon Prairie News, as George (left) has plans to open a Capricorn office in Omaha in 2012. The firm currently has offices in Palo Alto, Calif. and New York.

"One thing that is clear to me, we're just fortunate that Stephen happens to be in Omaha," CEO Julie Mahloch said in an interview on Monday.

Check out a roundup of coverage of Yammer's $85 million round on Techmeme: "Leena Rao / TechCrunch: Enterprise Social Networking Platform Yammer Raises $85M From DFJ Growth, Khosla, And Others". For a quote from George on Yammer, see the company's press release.

For more on and Capricorn Investment Group, see our post: "Social beauty store closes $5.4m Series A led by Capricorn".

Credit: Photo of Stephen George from

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