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Venture-backed companies in US Account for 17% of GDP and 10 million Jobs: Study

U.S. companies that received venture capital from 1970-2005 accounted for 10 million jobs and $2.1 trillion in revenues in 2005, according to a study conducted by Global Insight for the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This represents 9% of the total private sector work force and 16.6% of total U.S. GDP. Venture investment itself represents just 0.2% of U.S. GDP.  

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Private Equity Bonus Scorecard 2006: Dealmaker

Private-equity funds continued to increase their dominant position on both ends of the domestic markets; they accounted for roughly one-fourth of M&A activity and sponsored more than 40% of all IPOs, with the time between purchase and sale often shrinking to mere months, reports Dealmaker magazine. 

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Pre-money Valuation of VC-backed Startups Reaches $18.5 million in 2006, Highest Since 2000

The median pre-money valuation of U.S. venture-backed companies reached $18.5 million in 2006, compared to $15 million in 2005, according to VentureOne data. This is the highest median valuation since the peak of $25.1 million in 2000. 

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Silver Lake Set to Raise $10 Billion for Biggest Technology Fund

Silver Lake Partners plans to raise $10 billion for the biggest technology buyout fund, setting the stage for $20 billion plus leveraged buyouts in tech sector, reports Bloomberg. Silver Lake firm's previous two investment pools raised a combined $5.9 billion.

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Carlyle Sees $300 billion Assets Under Management by 2012

Carlyle, the private equity powerhouse with 48 funds and owning 200 companies around the world, is the topic of cover story in the latest BusinessWeek magazine. The article highlights how the once-secretive PE firm is remaking its image and changing the buyout game. Here are some key numbers and facts on Carlyle:

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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. 

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Buyout Funds 1 Year Performance Fell to 23.6%; VC Funds Return 10.8%

Private equity performance was extremely steady with both buyout and venture capital asset classes continued to outperform both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ markets in the long term, according to Thomson Financial and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). 

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PE Global Fundraising: $500 billion in 2007?

2006 was a record year for private equity in both fundraising and investments. 684 PE funds raised a record $432 billion worldwide in 2006, lead by Buyout and Real Estate funds with $213 billion and $63 billion respectively. 

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U.S. Venture Capital Investing Hits $25.5 Billion in 2006; Internet Gets 16%

Venture capital investments in U.S. surged 12% to $25.5 billion in 3,416 deals in 2006, at a 10% increase in deal volume, and the highest level of investment since 2001, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Financial. 

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US Venture Capital Investing Reached $25.75 Billion in 2006, a 5-Year High

Venture capital investment into U.S. headquartered companies increased 8% to $25.75 billion in 2,454 deals in 2006, the most annual deal flow and capital investment since 2001, according to the Quarterly Venture Capital Report released by Ernst & Young LLP and Dow Jones VentureOne. 

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