Published November 16, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO – Redpoint Ventures, the venture-capital firm behind digital-video recording company TiVo and vacation-rental company HomeAway , is raising a $400 million fund, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The fund comes a year after Redpoint closed on a $400 million growth fund and almost three years after it closed on Redpoint IV.
Currently in venture capital, a gap is widening between top-tier funds that find it easy to raise money and less established funds, which are struggling.
Last quarter, 53 venture-capital funds raised a total of $4.98 billion, according to the National Venture Capital Association, with the top five funds accounting for more than half of total fundraising.
A recent report from the Kauffman Foundation, an organization that studies and promotes entrepreneurship, said that of the funds in its own investment portfolio that raised more than $500 million, none returned more than twice its invested capital after fees.
Still, a handful of firms continue to focus on outsized funds. Earlier this year, Andreessen Horowitz raised $1.5 billion, its largest fund to date. New Enterprise Associates raised a $2.59 billion fund.
Redpoint is known for early-stage technology investing.
(Reporting By Sarah McBride; editing by John Wallace)