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Charlie O’Donnell Explains How First Round Capital Made the Grade For Most Active VCs in 2011

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Thomson Reuters Venture Capital Journal just released its list of top VCs and deals thus far this year, with First Round Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson joining the ranks of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital. First Round, from its New York outpost on Park Avenue, and Draper, from DFJ Gotham’s suite on West 31st St., both have a strong presence in New York City.

In total, peHUB says DFJ ‘s network is responsible for 28 deals from January to June, tying with Sequoia for the No. 3 slot. First Round’s network is responsible for 27 deals through June. Among First Round’s investments this year are homegrown start-ups like AdKeeper, GroupMe, and 33Across.  DFJ Gotham plunked down cash for Made In NYC ventures like Seamless Receipts, Yipit, Altruik, and Solvate.

Betabeat asked First Round principal Charlie O’Donnell how much of its $130 million fund, raised in 2010, was geared towards New York companies. “As a seed/angel stage investor, we’re always on the most active lists and a lot of it is NYC, but a lot of it is our great SF office, too,” he responded, via email. Read More

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Deadline to Join Harvard Business School Angels

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The Harvard Business School Angels of New York, an early-stage fund founded in 2011, seeks Harvard and non-Harvard investors to join its ranks. HBS Angels started over three years ago in Northern California but recently opened a New York chapter. The group does invest in companies that have no Harvard affiliation, and a fair amount of them. “We generally see at least 40 to 50 deals per quarter,” the group’s website says.  Read More