It is not that long ago that industry observers were saying the venture capital business model is dead but a few months of remarkable IPO activity and some big deals by Facebook, Google, and co has put VC back onto the LP radar, which means that fundraising is getting easier. Several large VC funds were raised in recent months. Eight VC firms raised more than 7.3 billion in the past quarter. Just who raised the most was reported in Huffington Post.
The answer is Technology Crossover Ventures, Founders Fund, and Andreesen Horowitz, to name a few. (See the full list in the above graphic). The Accel brand has not lost its appeal in this new cycle. It raised two giant VC funds, and another established firm, DFJ, also raised two funds. The list has a relative newcomer on it, Raine Partners which was raising its second fund in the first quarter. Compare that to Lightspeed, which closed its tenth fund this year. It is also worth noting California is the location of all of the top 10 fundraisings.