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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Midwest venture tries to up its game: VCJ

Midwest venture investing has been on an upswing over the past few years. A lot of this has to do with activity in Illinois, where the Chicago startup ecosystem has grown, affiliate publication Venture Capital Journal reports. But other states are trying to pull their own weight.

Venture backed IPOs post best year since 2007

Venture backed IPOs had a banner year in 2013 with 82 offerings completed, the most since 2007, according to a report from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters, publisher of peHUB.

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Corporate takeover

With corporate venture investing now approaching levels not seen since the dot-com boom, a key question remains: “Is it different this time?”

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