VCs prioritized entertainment and convenience this week, pouring millions into GIFs, beauty salons, and gourmet food for a total of $978 million invested across 134 venture rounds.

Andreessen Horowitz took first place in amount of capital committed in the past 7 days, investing $50 million in BuzzFeed and participating in a $150 million Series F round for mobile security company Lookout.

Accel Partners came in at a close second. Also a participant in the Lookout round, Accel backed online task marketplace Fiverr in a $30 million Series C round that will fund Fiverr’s pursuit to become the next eBay for services.

The week’s most active venture investors include New Enterprise Associates, Venrock, and Dave Morin’s Slow Ventures.

Slow Ventures’ investments include online parenting community Parenthoods and New York-based weeknight dinner recipe and ingredient delivery service Plated. Throw in NEA’s seed round for New York-based Beautified, a startup that lets users book same-day appointments at local spas and salons, and it looks like busy New York parents are in luck.

Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Seattle, Techstars Seattle, and Cincinnati’s UpTech Accelerator all announced new accelerator batches this week.

Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Seattle’s home automation-focused accelerator program is a product of Microsoft Ventures‘ partnership with American Family Insurance and is set to kick off this fall. The class of 10 startups, announced on Wednesday, includes real-time home energy understanding platform Chai Energy, portable smart-security system Novi, and accidental fire prevention device Wallflowr.

Techstars Seattle’s Fall 2014 class includes 10 startups, chosen from over 600 applicants, that range from luxury jewelry marketplace TrueFacet to customer service startup StreamLine.

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  • Originally published August 15, 2014, updated April 26, 2023