Date: Tuesday, May 17 (Main Conference Day 1)
Start Time: 4:50 pm
End Time: 5:20 pm
The past year has been record-breaking for founders and funders alike. Over the last 4 quarters, US venture capitalists have deployed a staggering $330B across nearly 17,000 deals, while simultaneously raising an additional $128B for new funds. During the same time period, the founders behind these venture-backed startups created $774B in exit value from IPOs, SPACs and acquisitions. Valuations have reached all-time highs, the industry is awash in capital, and it’s never been easier to start a company, especially for founders innovating in areas like edge, AI/ML and computer vision. But how long will the party last? What should a startup keep in mind when thinking about fundraising? This talk will outline the basic dynamics behind raising venture capital, establish current market conditions, identify recent startup fundraising trends and help founders and early startup employees in edge AI and vision start-ups prepare themselves for the road ahead.