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Who says venture capital is slowing down? Yesterday it was revealed that Sequoia Capital was looking to raise a new fund, mere months after raising $1 billion and they were not the only ones: venture capital firm Morgenthaler Ventures is looking to raise a new fund, according to sources close to the fund.
The fund, which would be Morgenthaler’s tenth, will be called IT Fund X and it will be focused on early stage IT companies. Morgenthaler has capped the fund at $200 million.
No formal documents have been distributed, but the firm is already having conversations and should begin its fundraising efforts in January.
Menlo Park, California-based Morgenthaler Ventures was established in 1968, and has invested in numerous companies in its forty-plus year history, including NexTag, Siri, Jaspersoft, MuleSource, Practice Fusion, Force10, Sezmi, Nominum, Voltage Security, Peregrine Semiconductor, Cortina, Brion, Synopsys, Verifone, Nuance Communications, Apple and NEXTEL.
Morgenthaler previously raised $400 million for its ninth fund in 2008, using the money to invest in both IT and life sciences. For the IT portion of the fund of Fund IX is generating a net IRR (internal rate of return) of roughly 70% through Q3 2012, a limited partner told us.
Morgenthaler raised its ninth fund in 2008, a $400 million effort that was evenly split between between IT and life sciences. Morgenthaler used the money it raised to participated in a $20 million round, and then a $50 million round, of financing for organization tool Evernote. The firm also participated in a $25 million round for Lending Club, a platform where users can take out personal loans or invest in them. Morgenthaler also led a $15 million round for Pageonce, a mobile finance app.
In September, the firm led a $17 million Series B round of funding for Doximity, which helps doctors get the help they need via a HIPAA-compliant social network just for physicians.
The new fund will reportedly have nothing to do with Lightstone Ventures, which is a firm that was formed by the life sciences partners at Morgenthaler Ventures and Advanced Technology Ventures. Lightstone is raising a separate $250 million fund, which will focus on early-stage therapeutics and medical devices.
Morgenthaler Ventures would not comment.
A list of 2012 funds
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers closed a $525 million fund In May. In April, early-stage venture capital firm First Round Capital announced that it was going to raise its fourth fund, with a target of $135 million, while Berlin-based Earlybird raised a $100 million fund. In March, Groupon investor NEA filed with the SEC to raise $2.3 billion, while DST, one of Facebook's biggest investors, was looking to raise $1 billion.
Andreessen Horowitz secured a $1.5 billion fund in January, announcing it had raised $2.7 billion in three years. While it has only been around since 2009, Andreessen Horowitz is already a top VC firm, raking in siginificant management fees.
In August, Sequoia Capital surpassed its goal of raising $975 million for three early-stage funds, and just yesterday Nexus Venture Partners, a venture firm whose major focus is on India-based technology startups, announced Thursday that it's raised $270 million for its third fund.
Thrive Capital closed a $150 million fund in September, and in October Trinity Ventures began targeting a $325 million fund.
In October, Atomico Ventures raised a $286 million fund, and NTT Docomo, the largest phone operator in Japan, announced a new ¥10 billion, or $125 million, fund, meant to help new businesses develop for smartphones and tablets
There were 53 U.S. venture capital funds in the third quarter of 2012, which raised around $5.0 billion. Despite the larger number of deals, there was a 17% decrease by dollar commitments compared to the second quarter of 2012, which saw 43 funds raise nearly $6.0 billion.
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