It’s like a jungle sometimes,
It makes me wonder
How I keep from going under.
Raising a venture fund is proving to be increasingly difficult. As my colleague Connie Loizos reported on Monday a paltry 37 VC funds were raised in the second quarter. That was the smallest quarterly number in 16 years.
But, as evidenced by funds raised in Q2, you can still raise capital if you can show LPs a track record of returns or offer a differentiated strategy. Of the 10 funds that raised the most capital in the second quarter, four are focused on China and India, markets that have produced big exits in the past couple of years; three are follow-on vehicles for successful funds; one is a new fund raised by VCs with solid track records; one targets the booming market for Android-based applications; and one buys distressed VC portfolios on the secondary market, where there are still plenty of deals to be had.