VCs launch into new space: VCJ

Welcome to the era of “New Space,” where a small, but growing number of emerging hardware companies – many venture backed – are starting to take over the reins of space exploration as Washington, D.C., and other government agencies worldwide, shift the financial burden to private enterprise, affiliate magazine Venture Capital Journal reports.

On Deck Raises $17M From Google Ventures, Peter Thiel, Industry Ventures

On Deck said it raised $17 million as an expansion of its Series D financing in a deal led by Google Ventures and joined by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Industry Ventures. The Series D now totals $59 million, with $42 million having closed in February. The first tranche of Series D financing was led by Institutional Venture Partners and joined by RRE Ventures, SAP Ventures and First Round Capital.

Harvest Power Raises Additional $15 Million in Series C Financing

Four-year-old Harvest Power, a Waltham, Mass.-based company that produces renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers raised, has raised a $15 million extension to its $110 million Series C financing. The newest funds come for Tur Partners and Industry Ventures. True North Venture Partners led the initial round, alongside existing investors that include Kleiner Perkins […]

LifeLock Closes Acquisition And $100M Round From Kleiner, IVP, Bessemer, Others

LifeLock, Inc. said it completed its acquisition of ID Analytics and raised more than $100 million in preferred equity to pay for the deal. The list of participating investors reads like a who’s who of the venture business. Included were Bessemer Venture Partners, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Symantec Corporation, River […]

Slideshow: Top 10 Largest VC Fundraisings for Q2

It’s like a jungle sometimes,
It makes me wonder
How I keep from going under.
–Grandmaster Flash

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.

Industry Ventures Closes $400M Secondary Fund

Industry Ventures has closed Industry Ventures Fund VI, a $400 million secondary fund focused on providing liquidity alternatives for venture capital and technology growth equity investments. The firm also announced that it has recently closed a $155 million special opportunities fund. Industry Ventures is based in San Francisco, with offices in Washington D.C. The firm was founded in 2000. Capstone Partners acted as placement agent for Fund VI.

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