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Updated 11/6/12 10:01 a.m. to correct headline, which had a factually incorrect typographical error that read “First Round Capital raises a $1.57 million fund.”
Lots of news coming out of First Round Capital this week: First off, the firm is increasing its existing fund by $158 million, according to an SEC filing, and has already raised nearly $150 million of it. It also added a new partner in its San Francisco office: entrepreneur and investor Bill Trenchard. Read more about him on managing partner Josh Kopelman‘s blog. First Round also redesigned its website. Take a little tour on Kopelman’s blog and check out here.
The firm also participated in a $2.5 million round for New York City-based Rebel Mouse, a social aggregation startup, PandoDaily reports, as well as a high-profile $25 million round for Flurry, the San Francisco-based app analytics and advertising firm, GigaOM reports.
Don’t miss the news about the city’s social incubation initiative with GoodCompany Group. The project has made the top 20 finalists of Bloomberg Philanthropies‘ $5 million Mayors Challenge. Winners will be announced spring 2013.
GIVE A GLANCE
Catch a clip of First Round’s Josh Kopelman on Bloomberg TV, as posted by Philly Tech News. He talks about recent First Round investments, his new Dorm Room Fund and the state of startup fundraising today.
MIGHT BE WORTH YOUR TIME
Some local VCs will be at New York City’s Vator Splash startup showcase in December, according to a release, including Chris Fralic of First Round Capital and Michael Aronson of MentorTech Ventures and Gil Beyda of Genacast Ventures.
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DreamIt Ventures raises $50M fund [VC Roundup]
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Intact Vascular in Wayne raises $15.5M from Quaker Ventures, others [VC Roundup]
DreamIt Ventures named one of the country’s top accelerators [VC Roundup]
First Round Capital closes $135 million fund, Audience Partners and Agilence raise private equity rounds [VC Roundup]
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