VC Round Sizes Continue Upward Climb

Pitchbook has come up with a first-quarter infographic that features a few surprises. First, four funds garnered more than 50 percent of the capital raised in the first three months of this year.

The first quarter also saw the most capital invested in a single quarter in the history of venture capital. And we’ve also just seen the most IPOs in a single quarter since the fourth quarter of 2007.

In fact, according to a new report by Thomson Reuters and the NVCA, 36 venture-backed IPOs raised $3.3 billion during the first quarter of 2014, a 50 percent increase, by number of new listings, compared to the previous quarter. The first quarter also marked the fourth consecutive quarter to see 20 or more venture-backed IPOs.

Most Active VC Firms by Sector in 2013

Last week PitchBook posted an excerpt from their upcoming 2013 League Table Report which looked at 2013’s top VC investors globally (by deal count) in a selection of industries.

Not surprisingly, 500 Startups is leading a number of categories and firms from the Bay Area dominate the top of most of the lists.