BlueRun Ventures has raised its fourth fund of little more than $240 million, falling short of the $300 million target. VentureBeat reports that the fund plans to ramp up its operations in Asia by adding two more people in India and China. It also plans to increase the allocation to both these markets, the report adds.
BlueRun, formerly known as Nokia Venture Partners, has an office in Mumbai. Sasha Mirchandani, a senior investment director with the VC firm, looks after its activities in the country. Earlier this year he told VCCircle that BlueRun is looking at investments in value-added services, telecom, media & entertainment, education and cleantech sectors.
In another development, BlueRun has closed its office in Israel, citing the small size of the market. BlueRun’s investments include PayPal. It has offices in US, Norway, China and Korea, besides India.
The venture fund, Nokia Venture Partners, had made several investments in the country including Bangalore-based Sasken Communication Technologies.
BlueRun has cut its team by two and a half partners as one of its partners, Sujit Banerjee, is being shared with another VC firm in Element Partners. Banerjee will bring cleantech deals to Element, and semiconductor deals to BlueRun.