Tech Companies Rejoice! IVP’s New Jumbo Fund Totals $1 Billion.

Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) could be considered an old-timer in the world of venture investing, especially by today’s youthful Silicon Valley standards.

At 32 years old, the venture firm has backed more than 300 companies and has witnessed 90 companies go public. Some of its better-known deals include comScore, Dropbox, HomeAway, Kayak, LivingSocial, Netflix, Twitter and Zynga.

Today, it is announcing that it will continue its legacy, having raised its 14th fund, totaling $1 billion. In total, it now has $4 billion under management.

In an interview, IVP’s General Partner Dennis Phelps said the fund is the firm’s largest to date, exceeding its current fund of $750 million.

Despite a larger fund this time, Phelps said it will be business as usual. The plan is to invest about $10 million to $100 million in 10 to 12 companies a year, or 25 to 30 companies over the fund’s 10-year life. The one thing that will change is the average deal size, which will get slightly larger.

“We’ve had the opportunity to make larger investments, but we didn’t have the fund size to support it,” Phelps said. “Companies are choosing to remain private longer, but it doesn’t change our investment model.”

In general, the company’s sweet spot is later-stage companies with roughly $20 million in annualized revenue in the Internet and digital media, enterprise technology, and mobile and communications sectors, he said. But he noted that they do not invest in life sciences or clean technology. Currently of IVP’s active portfolio companies, more than half have revenue of $50 million or more, and a third of them are profitable.

“We feel like our deal flow is as strong as it’s ever been,” he said. “We’ve had amazing momentum in the marketplace, and view us as a firm on the ascendancy.”

Other firms to recently pocket a lot of cash include Andreessen Horowitz’s monster $1.5 billion fund, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ $525 million fund for early-stage companies.

IVP has six general partners: Phelps, Todd Chaffee, Norm Fogelsong, Steve Harrick, Jules Maltz and Sandy Miller.

Here’s a visual snapshot of the firm’s history:


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