ARCH raising $250 mln for new venture fund

ARCH Venture Partners is raising an eighth venture fund with a smaller target of $250 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing for ARCH Venture Fund VIII lists six managing directors: Keith Crandell, Robert Nelsen, Clinton Bybee, Mark McDonnell, Kristina Burow and Paul Thurk. Managing Director Steven Gillis is not listed.

Artiman to raise new fund

Artiman Ventures has begun raising a new fund, Artiman Ventures 2014, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing does not state a target for the new fund, which is being packaged with, Artiman Ventures Select 2014.

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Today, First Read would like you to know that Yahoo wants to become Apple’s default search engine, Yahoo’s former COO left after only 15 months with a severance package worth $58 mln, a Tokyo court rejected bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy plan and a new browser for the dark web that makes it easier to find illegal stuff.

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General Atlantic provides $40 mln growth funding to Squarespace

General Atlantic has provided $40 million for a Series B funding round in Squarespace, an all-in-one website publishing and e-commerce platform. Anton Levy, managing director and head of Internet & Technology at General Atlantic, will join the company’s board of directors. Squarespace raised $38.5 million from investors led by Index Ventures and Accel Partners in 2010.

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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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First Read is pleased to bring you news that Marissa Mayer is facing her toughest test yet at Yahoo, U.S. Airways committed the social media gaffe of the year and the Silicon Valley-backed startup that wants to fix a broken political system.

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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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As we move into a Masters weekend, First Read has news about top performing private equity shop Vista Equity, the potential beginning of a stock market crash and J.P. Morgan’s Blythe Masters is under investigation by federal regulators.

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