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Early stage firm ff Venture Capital raises $54M fund

The New York-based firm is also said to be raising a separate fund for follow-on investing

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
May 5, 2016
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Even with the downturn in the market, venture capital firms are doing better than they have been in a long time, raising more money than they have in a decade. That's not just big, billion-dollar funds we're talking about, but smaller funds as well.

The latest to raise a new fund is New York-based ff Venture Capital, which raised a $53.78 million fund, called  ff Sapphire (IV) Venture Capital Fund GP, according to a regulatory filing with the SEC. The funding came from 82 investors. 

The firm last raised a $52 million fund, called ff Rose, back in 2014. Since then, it has hired two new partners, Adam Plotkin and Michael Faber. Along with founder John Frankel, Alex Katz and David Teten, that brought the total number of partners to five.

It now has over $150 million under management.

Founded in 1999, ff Venture Capital is  an early stage investor, putting money around the formation stage of its companies, with an emphasis on enterprise space, hardware, and SaaS. 

The firm usually invests between 15 and 20 companies a year, with initial checks of between $100,00 and $500,000, and 75 percent of its capital saved for follow on investments. 

Some of its high profile investments include Indiegogo, Skycatch, UniKey, Plated, Ionic Security and TopFlight Technologies.

Despite the raise, ff Venture Capital might not be done yet. The firm is also said to be raising an Opportunity Fund, which would allow to go even deeper into its portfolio companies.

Venture capital fundraising

VC fundraising is doing surprisingly well, despite how hard it has become for companies to get funding.

There was $35.5 billion in total capital committed to VC funds in 2015, the second-highest total of the decade, surpassed only by the $36.4 billion raised in 2006. It's also a 4.7 percent increase from the $33.9 billion raised in 2014.

At the same time, though, the number of funds raised actually dropped 6 percent year-to-year to 242 from 258 in 2014. The most popular-sized fund raised was under $50 million funds, with 124, or more than 50 of the fund. Those small funds raised $1.2 billion, or 3.3 percent of percent of dollar volume.

Funding has continued to remain high this year as well. Venture firms in the United States raised $12 billion in the first quarter of this year. Not only does that equal an increase of dollars by 59 percent year-to-year, it's the best fundraising quarter since Q2 of 2006, when $14.3 billion was raised. 

The news wasn't all good, though: the funding was raised across 57 funds,  a 17 percent decrease year-to-year. That breaks down to 43 follow-on funds, a 10 percent decrease from Q1 2015, and 14 new funds, a 33 percent decrease.

It seems like, even though the amount of money is still high, fewer funds are actually getting their hands on that cash.

VatorNews reached out to ff Venture Capital for more information, but the firm had no further comment about the new fund.

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