Tiger Global Seeks $10bn For Record Tech Venture Fund

Tiger Global, Started Year With A Blizzard Of Technology Investments, Wants To Create Another Huge Pool Of Capital For Start-Ups.

Tiger Global Management, Which Has Started The Year With A Blizzard Of Technology Investments, Wants To Create Another Huge Pool Of Capital For Start-Ups By Raising A $10bn Fund From Investors. So far in 2021, Tiger Global has taken part in 100 investment rounds in just over 120 days that have raised a total of $22.2bn for private tech companies, according to data from PitchBook.

Its latest venture fund comes just weeks after Tiger Global raised what eventually became a $6.7bn fund, after it initially sought $3.8bn. It told investors on a recent call that it would begin seeking the capital for its next fund, according to people briefed on the call. The company’s relentless pace of dealmaking reflects the boom in private tech companies, with venture capitalists saying that Tiger Global has won the lead position in some financings by moving faster and offering higher prices than competitors.

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“The opportunity set across public and private markets in our core focus areas of consumer, enterprise, and financial technology in the US, China, and India is very large relative to the amount of capital we manage and evolving at a rate that is often hard to comprehend,” Tiger Global wrote in a letter to investors in February. Investors poured a record $69bn into start-ups globally during the first quarter, according to PitchBook data, encouraged by a string of acquisitions and public offerings that have paid large dividends to early investors.

Tiger Global’s new fund would be the largest raised by an independent fund manager for minority investments in technology start-ups, according to PitchBook. The firm declined to comment on fundraising. Several other firms have looked to raise multibillion-dollar technology funds in recent years, as low interest rates push sovereign funds and other institutional investors into riskier assets. SoftBank, the Japanese conglomerate, raised $100bn for its first Vision Fund focused on technology investments, with about one-quarter of that total coming from SoftBank itself. Insight Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm, is seeking $12bn for the newest fund in its flagship strategy this year, according to one person familiar with the plans. Unlike Tiger Global, Insight also invests in buyouts that give the firm a controlling stake in companies.

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