Even because the nation is within the remaining days of a polarizing election, the cogs of VC by no means cease turning. On this ever-so-quiet, non-election-news Tuesday, enterprise companies nonetheless managed to file paperwork with the SEC indicating newly raised funds. Precursor Ventures and Perception Companions will be a part of Hustle Fund in closing new capital.
The filings are noteworthy as a result of they sign new capital coming into the startup world, which may look dramatically totally different within the coming weeks. Nonetheless, Precursor Ventures and Hustle Fund are each nonetheless fundraising, so anticipate them to (hopefully) add extra capital within the coming months.
Precursor Ventures, led by Charles Hudson, has raised a brand new tranche of capital to spend money on pre-seed firms. The agency first filed in March 2020 that it had plans to boost a $40 million fund, and as we speak it seems that it has closed $29 million of that aim. Current investments from Precursor embody The Juggernaut, mmhmm and TeamPay. The fund made headlines lately as a result of it promoted Sydney Thomas, its first rent, to principal. Hudson was unable to remark attributable to fundraising exercise.
We additionally noticed a submitting from Insight Partners, which closed a $9.5 billion fund in April for startups and growth-stage investments, indicating that it has raised cash for its first-ever Alternative Fund. The SEC submitting exhibits that Perception Companions has raised $413 million for the chance fund. Perception didn’t return a request for remark.
Earlier as we speak, SEC filings additionally confirmed that Hustle Fund has raised $30 million for a second fund, surpassing its earlier fund of $11.5 million. Curiously, paperwork for this new fund was first filed in Might 2019 with the intention to boost $50 million. In the present day’s information, thus, is its first shut. Whereas the agency remains to be fundraising, it’s an extended hole between submitting and first shut. The fund was launched in 2018 by ex-500 Startup companions Eric Bahn and Elizabeth Yin to, much like Precursor, spend money on pre-seed startups. Hustle Fund invests $25,000 checks into 50 startups per yr.
Yin declined to remark attributable to ongoing fundraising exercise.
Whereas the spree of funds on Election Day was noteworthy, it was somewhat expected. Usually talking, funds wish to get their paperwork cleared and closed earlier than a probably chaotic event or time of unrest. We noticed closes from OpenView, Canaan, True Ventures and extra, whereas companies together with First Spherical and Khosla filed paperwork for brand new funds. Time will inform if it is a remaining exhale of reports till January 1, or if the VC world will proceed pushing droves of capital, holidays be damned.