The venture capital sector has recently encountered a significant shift. Notably, there’s been a downturn in tech startup performance, leading to the first negative venture fund returns in over a decade, extending over four quarters. This new landscape prompts a reassessment of funding strategies and venture capital implications.
At the same time, a surge in tech layoffs might foster an uptick in entrepreneurship as those laid off consider founding their own companies. However, venture firms show apprehension towards these entrepreneurship ‘dabblers’ testing ideas due to newfound free time. Simultaneously, the emergence of ChatGPT and other generative AI applications presents new opportunities and challenges within the sector. In the face of a high-interest-rate environment, market volatility, and banking crisis, venture capital deal-making is strained, especially in the media sector. Regardless, investor interest in AI remains undeterred.
I recently hosted a NABE webinar with Carey Ransom, Founder and Managing Partner at Operate, and Nate Williams, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at UNION Labs that dissected these trends, provided foresight on venture capital funding for tech companies, and outlined how venture funds assess startup economics. In these volatile times, we discussed venture capital investment strategies, AI’s impact on the sector, and venture capitalist perspectives on startup economics.
Watch the entire webinar here.