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Tiger Global raises $1.5B venture fund

Tiger Global has raised a new $1.5 billion venture capital fund, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The New York-based fund, Tiger Global Private Investment Partners VIII, is slightly smaller than its predecessor.

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Venture firms raised $8.87 bln in Q1

The venture industry saw a big boost in fundraising in the first quarter as the reinvigorated IPO market and an increase in distributions to LPs lifted investor spirits.

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Column Group raises $176M for second fund

The Column Group has raised $175.85 million for its second fund, the Column Group II, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing says the firm hopes to raise an additional $74.15 million toward a fund target of $250 million.

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Distributions from Union Square and Spark spiked last year: VCJ

Distributions from Union Square Ventures’ debut 2004 fund and Spark Capital’s initial 2005 fund spiked last year, perhaps not surprisingly, according to a recent Washington State Investment Board portfolio report, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal says.

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Venture’s social media superstars: VCJ

Which venture capitalists have the most followers on Twitter, the highest Klout scores, more tweets than anyone else? Refinements in both the sites and how we use social media are increasingly turning it into a targeted marketing tool for communicating with entrepreneurs, building relationships, creating personal brands and improving portfolio company visibility.

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Andreessen Horowitz raises $1.5B fourth fund

Andreessen Horowitz announced the closing of a $1.5 billion fourth fund that will mix growth and early stage investing. In a blog post, Managing Partner Scott Kupor said Andreessen Horowitz Fund IV will capitalize on the growth of the mobile Internet and the decline in startup creation cost to back young companies. Industry sources said the fund will be evenly divided between growth and venture investing. The firm now has $4.2 billion under management.

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