Through 1H, a total of $20 billion was collected by U.S. VC firms on the fundraising trail, already outstripping 2013 and more in line with the numbers seen before the financial crisis. As fundraising numbers have ramped up, the lowest and highest ends of the market in particular seem quite healthy. Over the past few years, $1 billion+ funds have appeared more frequently, while the proportion of micro-VC funds—those under $50 million in size—has slowly increased to account for over half the market in number. In fact, one of the more interesting trends in recent years has been that emergence of micro-vehicles; 149 such funds were closed in 2014, the most in a decade, while the first half of 2015 recorded 73.
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