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PE Fundraising Continues Brisk Pace Set in 2013

Private equity fundraising continued the brisk pace set throughout 2013, as 74 funds closed on $39 billion in commitments in 1Q 2014, data from PitchBook’s upcoming 2Q 2014 U.S. PE Breakdown show. To find out what fundraising trends emerged in the first quarter, click on for a preview of PitchBook’s PE Breakdown Report.

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Bay Area Reverses Decline in VC Investment in 1Q 2014

The San Francisco Bay Area reversed a three-quarter decline in venture capital financings, as VC firms poured $5.0 billion across 321 deals in 1Q 2014, both increases over 4Q 2013’s figures, early quarter-end PitchBook data show. To read more about the Bay Area and other regions, as well as view quarter-end datagraphics, click on.

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Global Deal Flow, Exits, Fundraising All Down in 1Q 2014

Early quarter-end data from PitchBook show declines in global PE deal activity, exits and fundraising for the first quarter of 2014. After closing 992 deals worth $209.3 billion in 4Q 2012, PE firms completed just 850 worth $152.5 billion in 1Q 2014. For more quarter-end PE data and a datagraphic detailing it all, click and read on.

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What Does Facebook See That We Don’t?

Facebook just won’t stop, but where is it going? The company announced late Tuesday its agreement to acquire virtual reality headset maker Oculus VR for a tidy $2 billion. The acquisition, not to mention the price tag, has left quite a few people scratching their heads. Oculus’ investors are probably nodding their heads, though, and for good reason. For a detailed look at the returns for Oculus’ Series A and B investors, click on.