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Three GPs from Ascent Venture Partners are raising their debut fund, targeting $125 million for early-stage growth investments in a new shop called Pulse Ventures, a person with knowledge of the firm told VCJ parent Buyouts Insider. Geoff Oblak, Matt Fates and Luke Burns have all been longtime GPs at Ascent, based in Boston. They have […]
Altos Ventures is working on a process to pay back limited partners in one of the strongest performing venture funds of the past decade. Altos, formed in 1996, is working with Lazard on a process to pull assets out of its fourth fund and move them into a new fund, known in the industry as […]
Owl Rock Capital Partners, which recently led the financing for Vista Equity’s acquisition of Mindbody, has opened a Silicon Valley office as it works to deploy its debut tech-lending fund, sources told VCJ parent Buyouts Insider. The Menlo Park office, which sources said opened around the start of the year, will help position the firm […]
New Enterprise Associates is nearing a close for a process to spin out startup investments from older funds into a new pool managed by one of its executives. The process is one of several run by high-profile investment managers using the secondary market to provide liquidity to investors in older funds and sort out long-held […]
As Butterfly Equity, a food-focused PE firm, closes in on its debut fund, one of the firm’s operating partners is also in the lead to buy the fresh-foods business of Campbell Soup Co. Butterfly has raised at least $174 million, and likely much more, for its first fund, called Butterfly II. The pool has a […]
Goldman Sachs has emerged as the lead buyer in an innovative secondary deal, being run by New Enterprise Associates, that is among the largest-ever such transactions in the venture capital world, three sources told VCJ affiliate publication Buyouts. The transaction is one of a group of deals involving high-profile GPs finding ways to deliver liquidity […]
Bessemer Venture Partners is targeting $1.6 billion for its 10th venture fund that invests in across stages, from seed to growth rounds, according to a person with knowledge of the firm. Bessemer filed a Form D fundraising document with the SEC earlier this month. The document did not state a target for Bessemer Venture Partners […]
Two members of the private-markets team at DuPont Capital Management, Kevin Campbell and Eric Wilcomes, have left the group, a DuPont spokesman confirmed for VCJ’s affiliate publication Buyouts. Campbell was managing director of the private-markets team for the company’s private pension fund. Wilcomes was a portfolio manager on the team. Why they left or whether anyone […]
Ian Chiu, a longtime executive at Warburg Pincus, left the firm and joined Owl Ventures to focus on education-technology investments. Chiu joined Owl Ventures as a managing director this month, according to his LinkedIn profile. He did not respond to a LinkedIn request for comment. A spokeswoman for Owl Ventures also did not respond to […]
Three big-name executives are in market raising their debut fund to invest in financial-technology entrepreneurs, sources said. Communitas Capital Partners Fund I is targeting $50 million, sources said. Fund I has raised at least $14.9 million, according to a Form D fundraising document filed in January. Communitas was formed in 2017 by Doug Atkin, Tom Glocer and Duncan Niederauer. Atkin […]

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