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AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant at TC Disrupt NY 2017. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch

Less than 2 years after formally debuting its VC fund management service, AngelList says these funds have raised $123 million, participated in more than half of all deals on its site in 2018, and provided about one-third of of the capital that companies raised.

The bigger picture: AngelList’s venture funds have evolved over time. Initially designed to be very small, about $500,000 to $1 million each, some are now larger than $10 million, CEO Kevin Laws tells Axios.

  • That’s because AngelList funds are no longer just for angels expanding their investing activities, but also used by venture capital firms choosing to outsource their back office to the company.
  • There are more than 130 funds, and only 28% of fund managers previously led syndicates through AngelList, according to Laws, suggesting that its funds aren’t necessarily cannibalizing AngelList’s syndicates or the rest of its services.
  • The funds service has also evolved since its debut, now allowing for capital calls and management fees.

Yes, but: It still remains to be see how well these funds, especially those led by first-time managers, do.

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Kellyanne Conway addresses the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Kellyanne Conway has seen power exercised as a pollster, campaign manager and senior counselor to President Trump. Now that his term in office has concluded, she shared her thoughts with Axios.

Why it matters: If there's a currency in this town, it's power, so we've asked several former Washington power brokers to share their best advice as a new administration and new Congress settle in.

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Screenshot of emails to a member of Congress from individuals who signed an Americans for Limited Government petition against Rep. Liz Cheney. Photo obtained by Axios

Pro-Trump holdouts in the House are forging ahead with an uphill campaign to oust Rep. Liz Cheney as head of the chamber's Republican caucus even though Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told them to back down.

Why it matters: What happens next will be a test of McCarthy's party control and the sincerity of his opposition to the movement. Cheney (R-Wyo.) is seen as a potential leadership rival to the California Republican.

Democrats aim to punish House GOP for Capitol riot

Speaker Nancy Pelosi passes through a newly installed metal detector at the House floor entrance Thursday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Democrats plan to take advantage of corporate efforts to cut funding for Republicans who opposed certifying the 2020 election results, with a plan to target vulnerable members in the pivotal 2022 midterms for their role in the Jan. 6 violence.

Why it matters: It's unclear whether the Democrats' strategy will manifest itself in ads or earned media in the targeted races or just be a stunt to raise money for themselves. But the Capitol violence will be central to the party's messaging as it seeks to maintain its narrow majorities in Congress.