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Anyone and everyone is starting a venture capital fund. Starting a VC fund is also becoming the new hot thing to do, and lots of them are cropping up. In the last 6 months, 129 VC funds closed. The majority are small micro-VCs as starting a venture fund has now been described by some we’ve talked to as “the thing successful entrepreneurs do when they don’t know what else to do.”

VC funding and VC-backed IPOs have hit their highest level since the dot com boom. Our Q1 2014 Venture Capital Activity Report highlighted that VC funding totaled almost $10 billion, the most since Q2 2001 during the now infamous dot com boom. Venture-backed IPOs also hit the highest levels since Q3 2000.

It seems anyone and everyone can get their startup funded these days. 2013 saw the highest amount of seed venture capital deals since 2010. Seed VC financing to Human Capital Management Tech and Ed Tech saw strong growth in 2013.