Top LPs Expect VC Fundraising to Remain Difficult

“High-quality [VC] firms will find it easy to raise funds but lesser-quality funds will struggle mightily,” says Brian Rodde of Makena Capital Management, which manages and invests capital for endowments, foundations and family offices.

Slideshow: Top 10 VC Funds for What’s Shaping Up as a Weak Q3

The VC fundraising environment is looking weak, with just a smattering of announcements and regulatory filings over the past two months. Official Q3 stats won’t be released until October, but it’s not looking good from an anecdotal standpoint. Trolling through the peHUB archive, I turned up just five stories about various U.S.-based VC funds getting […]

Top 10 Hub Posts this Week Focus on VC Fundraising, Quattrone’s Qatalyst Partners and Worries About Rising Startup Valuations

Time to catch up what your peers found most interesting on peHUB this week. Here are the top 10 posts that garnered the most pageviews from regular readers from July 11 to July 15. Hot topics include the top 10 VC fundraisers for Q2, the sizzling year for Frank Quattrone’s Qatalyst Partners, New Jersey’s top-performing funds, Greycroft’s newest partner and worries about rising startup valuations.

1. Slideshow: Top 10 Largest VC Fundraisings for Q2, by Lawrence Aragon, peHUB
2. Slideshow: Quattrone Is Back with a Vengeance; His Qatalyst Partners Has Advised PopCap, GoDaddy and 11 Others this Year, by Luisa Beltran, peHUB
3. Slideshow: New Jersey’s Top-Performing Funds, by David Toll, peHUB
4. Slideshow: Most Active VC Firms to Date in 2011(subscribers only), by Alastair Goldfisher, peHUB
5. Greycroft Partners Adds a New VC: Ellie Wheeler, by Connie Loizos, peHUB
6. What is the Sound of a Bubble About to Pop?, by Scott Maxwell, OpenView Venture Partners
7. Analysis: Doubt Creeps into Tech Valuations at Sun Valley, by Sarah McBride and Yinka Adegoke, Reuters
8. Shamrock Capital Raises $400 Mln With Third Fund, by peHUB staff
9. Analysis: Young Startups Demand Steeper Prices from VCs, by Sarah McBride, Reuters
10. Divide Between Venture ‘Haves’ and ‘Have-Nots’ Gets Bigger, by Connie Loizos, peHUB

Poll Results: Near 34% Think VC Fundraising Will Continue To Suck

The results of our most recent survey produced some varied results.

Yesterday, we asked you if VC fundraising will continue to suck for the rest of the year. We posed this question after data for the first half of 2011 revealed some disappointing numbers.

According to the NVCA, 76 funds raised $10.2 billion from January to June. This compares to 90 funds that collected roughly $6.1 billion during the same time period of 2010. While more dollars were raised, the number of funds out looking for money dropped by 15%. This marked the lowest number of funds garnering commitments since the first half of 1995, according to the NVCA.

Question of the Week: Will VC Fundraising Continue to Suck?

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Earlier this week, my co-worker Connie Loizos wrote about how VCs aren’t getting much love from institutional investors. In second quarter, 37 U.S.-based funds raised about $2.7 billion, according to the National Venture Capital Association and and Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB). That compared to 48 funds that collected about $2.1 billion for the same time period in 2010.

Worse, just 76 U.S.-based VC funds were raised in the first half of this year, marking the lowest number of funds garnering commitments since the first half of 1995, according to the NVCA.

Top 10 peHUB Posts this Week Highlight Fundraising, Monster VC Rounds and Troubled American Apparel

Want to catch up on what your colleagues found most interesting on peHUB this week? Here are the blog posts written by our staff this week that garnered the most pageviews from our regular readers from April 4 to April 8.

Post No. 1: Slideshow: Top 10 Largest VC Funds Raised in Q1

Post No. 2: Slideshow: Monster VC Rounds Grow Bigger and Bigger

Post No. 3: Carlyle v. Blackstone: A Contrast In Confidence

Post No. 4: You Sold Your Company! Too Bad It May Take Another 8 Months to Close

Post No. 5: Another Ray of Sunshine for VC Fundraising: Ex-USVP Partner Raises $35M for New Fund

Post No. 6: In Bizarre Twist, LPs Praise Venture Asset Class, See Strong Future

Post No. 7: Exclusive: Embattled American Apparel Is Exploring a Sale

Post No. 8: ARAMARK-able Dividend for PE Investors

Post No. 9: Exclusive: King Bolts Irving Place to Start Culpeper Capital

Post No. 10: Midas List is Back; So is Status for Industry Big Names

Question of the Week: Is the VC Fundraising Market Back?

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Venture capital fundraising revived in the first quarter.

A total of 38 U.S.-based VC funds raised more than $6.6 billion in Q1, up from 35 funds that raised just under $3 billion in the prior quarter, according to preliminary data from Thomson Reuters. The $6.6 billion is the largest amount raised by VCs since Q3 2008.

Another Ray of Sunshine for VC Fundraising: Ex-USVP Partner Raises $35M for New Fund

After 12 years at Sequoia Capital and U.S. Venture Partners, Tim Connors hung his own name on the door Monday as managing partner of a $35 million micro VC fund called PivotNorth Capital.

The fund took Connors two quarters and “25,000 miles of planes, trains, and automobiles” to raise, Connors wrote in a blog post.

Connors told peHUB in an interview that the micro model reminds him of the venture business 20 or so years ago, when the Sequoias and KPs were smaller shops with fewer partners and staff.

“I’m kind of going back to the tried and true business model,” he said. “There’s more than one way to be successful” in venture.

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