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How do I set my target fund size?

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Dec 23, 2023
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Dec 23, 2023
The target fund size should be thought of as the minimal viable fund size to operate. Most new and emerging mangers set fund size targets that are too large, resulting in them under-subscribing and ensuring an extremely difficult time raising future funds. For most new managers, the fund size should be $5 MM to $10 MM in the developed world and $2.5 to $5 MM in the developing world. If a new manager has extensive angel experience with strong returns or venture experience dealing with limited partners, then the fund size can be up to twice that size. For emerging managers on Fund III or Fund III, the next fund size can be 1x, 2x or 3x the previous fund size. If the returns from previous fund or funds are exceptional, an emerging manager can consider a fund size as large as 5x the previous fund size. The goal of any manager is to have a target fund size that they can easily hit or exceed. It is very difficult to recover from raising less than your target fund size. Conversely, oversubscribing is looked at favorably by all parties. If a manager cannot quickly raise 15% to 20% of the fund size from friends and confidants, then the fund size is too large.

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