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The first quarter of 2012 has come and gone, leaving positive signs for venture capitalists. Twenty venture-backed start-ups made their IPO in the past three months, raising $1.4 billion. This is nearly double last year’s numbers for the same period—when 11 IPOs raised $768 million—and was the most active first quarter for IPOs since 2000. Tech IPOs accounted for over half of the companies.

And this was before the JOBS Act was signed into law by President Obama yesterday. The new law loosens the strict SEC regulations previously in place to offer new opportunities for emerging growth companies to seek financing or go IPO. Check back here for updates on the impact of the law once it’s fully rolled out.

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