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Institutional Venture Partners aims for big exits with $750M fund

money pileInstitutional Venture Partners, a Menlo Park, Calif. firm whose portfolio includes hot startups like Twitter, Zynga, and Ngmoco, announced today that it has raised a new $750 million fund.

With the money, General Partner Todd Chaffee said IVP will continue to invest in three sectors, which are all experiencing big upheavals — communications and wireless, enterprise IT, and digital media. IVP is a later-stage firm, so it looks for companies that are already successful and growing fast, with revenues of more than $10 million a year.

IVP’s exits in the past few years include the initial public offerings of ArcSight, comScore, and Synchronoss, as well as the $500 million acquisition of Danger by Microsoft and the $1 billion acquisition of MySQL by Sun. The firm invested in 63 companies over the past decade, and only had to write-off three of them, Chaffee said.

When I asked if he’s worried about the lukewarm exit market, particularly for IPOs, Chaffee said: “Not much. When the IPO market is open and flourishes, it has a tendency to drive returns and liquidity. When it’s closed, it actually increases our investment opportunities, because these companies need capital.”

This is IVP’s thirteenth and largest fund. It last raised $600 million in 2007.

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