New VC Funds Median Size Tops $200 million in 2006

The median size of U.S. venture funds raised in 2006 exceeded $200 million for the second year in a row, according to industry tracker Dow Jones VentureOne, reports AP. The 2006 median was $200.6 million, following a record $205.5 in 2005. It hit a low of $75M in 2002. 

Other Highlights:

 . A record 16% of the funds raised last year were $500 million or more, the highest percentage on record.
 
. Only 34% of funds closed in 2006 were less than $100 million, the smallest percentage on record.
 
. During the bubble, the median fund size never climbed much beyond $100 million. 
 
. The largest fund closed in 2006 was the $2.56 billion Oak Investment Partners XII.
 
. U.S.-based venture capital funds that closed in 2006 raised $24.3 billion, slightly less than the $25 billion in 2005. 
 
. A total of 95 funds closed last year, compared to 124 in 2005.
 
. Venture capital fundraising peaked in 2000 when 489 funds raised $83.2 billion. 
 
. By 2003 the VC fundraising had dropped to $9.9 billion, a year when only 77 funds closed.

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