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The state of U.S. venture capital fundraising

In anticipation of our upcoming Fundraising & Capital Overhang Report, we take a look at U.S. venture capital fundraising activity throughout the first half of the year, comparing it to yearly breakdowns of median and average fund sizes, average time between funds, and more. Through 1H 2015, a total of $20 billion was collected by…

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Breaking down $84B of 2Q U.S. middle market deals

Though not quite as monumental as 2014 numbers, the U.S. PE middle market remains popular among investors, even as overall activity has softened. Our recently published 3Q 2015 U.S. Private Equity Middle Market Report analyzes recent trends across buyout activity in the $25 million to $1 billion range, including deal flow, investments, exits and fundraising…

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U.S. PE firms venturing more and more to VC

American buyout shops have increasingly been investing in VC rounds, according to PitchBook data. Since the beginning of 2009, 584 U.S.-based PE firms have participated in at least one venture investment, with 28 involved in at least 10 financings. And these investments haven’t simply involved smaller crossover-type firms, either. In the past six months, KKR has…

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Key M&A trends from 1H 2015

Though M&A activity slowed in 2Q, the boom we are seeing from the industry remains in full swing. Powered by the PitchBook Platform, our 3Q 2015 M&A Report offers data-driven analysis on quarterly and yearly deal flow, investment trends for strategic and private equity buyers, and sector breakdowns of M&A activity. The video above explores…

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The top buyers of VC-backed IT companies since 2010

For many startup founders (and their investors), taking their company through a successful IPO is something they dream about. Not only does it give shareholders a chance to cash in on some of the value the company has created, but it’s also a sign to the entrepreneur that they have built something truly great. That…

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The emergence of the “private IPO”

The venture industry has been debating about the “private IPO” trend in recent quarters, as growth rounds have largely replaced traditional IPOs as the preferred financing route for mature startups. The two graphs below are similar to a recent analysis done by Andreesson Horowitz, and compare IPO activity with “private IPO” rounds of at least $40 million…

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VC Snapshot: July

Deals July saw 634 VC deals completed globally, worth a combined $13.2 billion—the highest capital invested total in any month this year. Five different companies raised rounds at $10 billion+ post-money valuations, including Uber ($52B), Palantir Technologies ($20.5B) and WeWork ($10.2B). A number of other companies landed massive deals during the month: fantasy sports rivals…

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Marketing tech: $1.6B of VC in 2015; $4.3B in M&A [Datagraphic]

Every product is a potential story. People crave narrative, a driving sense of overall purpose behind anything and everything—in marketing’s case, connecting the right message to the right person. And for marketing technology, it’s refining the tools that create and deliver those messages, facilitating narrative creation and customer interaction. Twilio, Buddy Media, Sprinklr—they all aim…