Akkadian to invest $25m a year in secondaries

San Francisco-based Akkadian Ventures closed its third direct secondaries fund on $74m in October.

Akkadian Ventures plans to deploy its latest direct secondaries fund over a three-year period, investing about $25 million per year, co-founder Ben Black told Secondaries Investor.

Akkadian closed its third direct secondaries and co-investment fund on $74 million in October. The fund was oversubscribed and surpassed its $50 million target.

Fund III will continue Akkadian’s strategy of investing directly in a few US-based high-growth tech companies per year.

“We don’t do a lot of portfolios,” said Black. “We go directly into the company to service its employees and angel investors.”

Akkadian primarily focuses on US-based companies. The firm has considered deals in Western Europe and Israel but is generally hesitant toward international opportunities.

“I’m a steward of other people’s capital and I don’t want to take on unknown risks,” said Black.

Akkadian’s prior fund closed on $22 million in 2012 and was deployed in roughly 18 months, but Akkadian plans to take three fullyears with its latest fund for a number of reasons, including steep prices.

“Who knows what prices will be like in the future, but we think prices are pretty high right now and we think it pays to be careful,” Black said.

Akkadian is based in San Francisco and is led by co-founders Black and Peter Smith. Black also founded Momentumindex.com which tracks private venture-backed companies. Smith used to practice corporate securities law at Cooley, according to Akkadian’s website.