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VCs have raised Scrooge McDuck-levels of money this year

US venture capital firms have raised $32 billion so far, putting 2016 on pace for a record-breaking year.

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Scrooge McDuck isn't messing around anymore. Neither are the VCs.
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Now might be a good time for a startup to ask for some extra dough.

US venture capital firms have raised $32.4 billion through the third quarter, putting 2016 on pace for a record-breaking year, the National Venture Capital Association said Thursday.

Nearly 2,000 investors put close to $15 billion in financing in more than 1,800 startups in the third quarter alone. That actually marks a decline in the number of companies getting financing.

For the year, VCs have invested $56 billion across 6,000 companies, which puts it on pace to be the second-highest amount of capital invested in a year. Last year it was $78.9 billion.

Software startups continue to be the main attraction, drawing 49 percent of the total invested capital.