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Scale Venture Partners’ Kate Mitchell rejoins NVCA board of directors

Kate Mitchell, co-founder and partner of Scale Venture Partners, has rejoined NVCA’s board as a director. Previously, Mitchell joined the board as a director in 2007 and then later served as a chairman from 2010 to 2011. Her current term will expire in 2016. Mitchell’s appointment comes after Silver Lake Kraftwerk’Adam Grosser’s resignation from the board. 

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Venture Performance Improves

Venture funds are doing better lately — posting bigger gains on investments and returning more capital to limited partners, according to the Cambridge Associates LLC U.S. Venture Capital Index.

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VC Fundraising Slows in Q2

U.S. venture capital firms raised just under $3 billion in the second quarter, with more than half of the money going to five established VCs, according to a report from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters.

VC-Backed IPOs Show Improvement in Q2 – NVCA Report

Twenty-one venture-backed IPOs raised $2.2 billion during the second quarter, more than double the volume and dollars compared to the first quarter of this year, according to a report by the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB). Year to date, 29 VC-backed companies have gone public, raising about $2.9 billion. That compares to 29 VC-backed companies that raised $18.8 billion via initial public offerings in the first two quarters of last year.

Life Sciences Venture Capital Investing Posts Gains in Q3

Venture capital funding in the life sciences sector, which includes the biotechnology and medical device industries, gained in Q3 in terms of dollars compared to the second quarter of 2012. But the sector still trended downward for the year, according to a new PwC US report that includes data from the PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association, and Thomson Reuters.

VC Industry: Relaxed IPO Restrictions will Foster Emerging Stage Growth, Jobs

The IPO Task Force is calling upon regulators and lawmakers to clear roadblocks for smaller companies to go public, after more than a decade in which the volume of emerging stage IPOs has been stagnant compared to prior years. “It’s unrelated to economic cycles,” said Kate Mitchell, who serves as chairwoman of the organization and […]

Trending Downward: VC Fundraising Continues to Slide in 2011 Q3

Really, it isn’t any wonder. Venture capital’s fundraising scene is all of a sudden totally crappy again. And it’s not just as bad as it was during the recession’s nadir—it’s even worse. We can’t say we didn’t see it coming. A paltry $1.72 billion was raised by GPs in the third quarter of 2011, which […]

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John Backus: Dispelling Entrepreneur and VC Myths

Since my last post debunking the five alleged myths of entrepreneurs triggered more than a few comments and thoughtful reactions, I wanted to respond collectively to them. First let’s start out with venture capital performance as an asset class. Over the last ten years, it has been terrible. On an absolute basis the returns are […]

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VCs Restrict Founder Exits, But Acknowledge Secondary Markets Boost Recent Returns

Some venture capital firms are tweaking term sheets’ language to prevent entrepreneurs from making big secondary market exits before VCs can get their cut, multiple sources tell peHUB. New restrictions turning up in term sheets include requirements that founders do not sell more than 10% of their stake via secondary transaction and, separately, that founders […]

Divide Between Venture ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’ Gets Bigger

Lately, it seems that firms chasing late-stage deals are getting all of the attention from the media. Turns out the same is true of LPs. According to data released today by the NVCA, the vast majority of the venture firms aren’t getting much love from institutional investors, with just 37 funds able to raise a […]

Venture-Backed IPOs Gained Strength in Q2

(Reuters) – Venture-backed IPOs saw their strongest quarter since 2000 with offerings valued at $5.5 billion coming to the market in the second quarter of 2011, according to an exit poll by Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). (See table below.)

The number of M&As also returned to 2009 levels, with the second quarter seeing 79 venture-backed M&As, 36 of which had an aggregate deal value of $5.4 billion.

For the first half of the year, VC-backed IPOs are up significantly from

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