Venture funds rake in $5.6 bln for fourth quarter 2014 – Thomson Reuters/NVCA

According to a report issued by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association, U.S. venture firms raised $5.6 billion from 75 funds during the fourth quarter of 2014. This figure marked an increase of 14 percent versus the number of funds raised during the the third quarter of 2014. Yet it was a nine percent decrease by dollar commitments. However, for the entire year of 2014, venture firms racked up $29.8 billion from 254 funds, a 69 percent increase by dollar commitments as opposed to 2013. This was the strongest annual period for fundraising dollars since 2007. To read the release about the report, visit here.

 

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VC-backed IPOs racked up $4.4 bln in Q4 ’14 – Thomson Reuters/NVCA

According to a report issued by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association, 27 venture-backed IPOs raised $4.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2014. This figure marks an 18 percent increase from the third quarter of ’14 as well as a 68 percent increase, in terms of dollars, versus the previous quarter.

NVCA appoints VP federal policy

The National Venture Capital Association has appointed Justin Field as vice president of federal policy. Field comes to NVCA from the office of United States Senator Robert Menendez, where he was a legislative assistant responsible for tax issues and the senator’s work on the senate finance committee.

U.S. venture firms raise $7.4 bln from 78 funds in Q2 ’14

According to Thomson Reuters and the NVCA, U.S. venture firms raised $7.4 billion from 78 funds during the second quarter of 2014. The number of funds represents a 42 percent increase from the same period in 2013 as well as a 24 percent increase from the first quarter of 2014. Also, the number of funds that raised capital during the second quarter of 2014 hit a seven-year high since the fourth quarter of 2007 when 83 funds raised capital for venture investing.

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Venture capital fund performance continues to make gains

Venture capital fund performance continued to make gains across most time horizons as of December 31, 2013, according to the National Venture Capital Association’s performance benchmark, the Cambridge Associates LLC U.S Venture Capital Index®. The quarterly, 1-, 3-, 5- and 10-year horizons all showed higher returns with the 15-year horizon down from the previous quarter and the 20-year horizon unchanged.

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NVCA honors Heesen with lifetime achievement at VentureScape

Mark Heesen, former president of the National Venture Capital Association, was honored at the group’s annual meeting in San Francisco with its Lifetime Achievement Award. At the group’s VentureScape conference, Heesen was praised for his commitment to transparency and for helping to establish the NVCA as the definitive source for data, commentary and insight about the venture community. Heesen was with the NVCA for more than 20 years, including 14 years as its president. He announced last year his retirement from the nation’s top lobbyist organization for the venture industry.

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