Venture Investing Sees A Weak 4Q, But 2011 Rebounds Smartly From 2010; Seed Funding Tumbles In Quarter: Slideshow

Venture investing fell in the fourth quarter to its slowest pace of the year, but capital commitments were enough to lift 2011 well above lethargic 2010. Fourth-quarter deal making was particularly strong in cleantech and among biotechnology startups, but software, Internet, medical devices and IT services investing fell. Early-stage investing hit a high for the […]

Tracy Lefteroff’s Cautious Outlook For Venture Investing And Fundraising

It is hard not to be gloomy with the broad challenges facing investing and venture investing in particular. The European sovereign debt crisis is like a flu that won’t go away. Domestic economic growth may be picking up, but it remains uninspiring, especially with another European recession on the horizon. Finally, unemployment is intractably high, […]

Q3 VC Deals Surge in NY, Texas and Northwest, But Falter in New England, LA and Midwest (slideshow)

Venture capitalists in general wrote fewer checks in the third quarter, but investment enthusiasm varied widely from region to region. New York, Texas and the Pacific Northwest logged strong performances, despite an overall 12% decline in dollars going to startups nationwide, according to a peHUB analysis of MoneyTree Report data. New England, the Midwest, the […]

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Venture Investing Retreats in Q3, But Booming Software Deals Counter Trend

After advancing for three quarters, venture investing retreated in the third quarter, likely shaken by global financial volatility but also a reflection of a shift to a faster, more capital efficient way to make money. Quarterly investments totaled $6.95 billion with 876 deals receiving funding, according to the MoneyTree Report issued by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the […]

Life Sciences Venture Investing Represents 7th Best Quarter On Record, But All Is Not Blue Skies

Several weeks ago we reported that life sciences investing rose 37% from the first to the second quarters. Here are some additional details, courtesy of PricewaterhouseCoopers: First, with venture capitalists earmarking $2.1 billion for 206 companies, the quarter was the seventh best on record since the MoneyTree Report began collecting data in 1995. The MoneyTree […]

Slideshow: Top 10 Sectors Backed by VCs in Q2; the Internet Isn’t the Only Game in Town

We reported last week that Internet investing helped drive second-quarter venture deal volume, but biotech, medical devices and software startups were strong money magnets as well. So were companies in IT services and entertainment, according to data from the MoneyTree Report, which is produced by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data […]

Slideshow: Top Second Quarter Venture Deals Show Internet, Health Care And Late Stage Focus

Venture capitalists picked up the pace with their second quarter investments, pouring money into Internet and life sciences startups. The quarter’s largest deals reflect this binary focus, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters, publisher of this blog. Six have to do with the Internet or IT. […]

Internet Enthusiasm Pushes Venture Investing to a Three-Year High

Venture capital investments rose to a three-year high in the second quarter, as GPs angled to capitalize on public market enthusiasm for companies such as LinkedIn, according to the MoneyTree Report. Internet-related investments attracted almost a third of total dollars invested in the quarter and represented the most money put in the sector since the […]

Silicon Valley Remains King Of Venture As New York Gains On New England

Silicon Valley is tops–no doubt about it. But back East, there’s a fight shaping up for the country’s second-best VC city. However, a close examination of first quarter data show Silicon Valley regained ground as the center of the venture business while New York continued to give New England a run for its money. The […]

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