What is the ratio of startups checked to unicorns found? We don’t have a number, but we know: deal flow is an insatiable beast. We are here to help you. So let’s take a look at some of the ways investors can feed the beast and increase their trading volume during TechCrunch Disrupt from October 18-20 in San Francisco.
First of all: Buy an investor pass before prices rise on September 16. It’s literally your ticket to invite-only functions, like the Investor Reception, and to receive a downloadable list of all Startup Battlefield companies for easy tracking.
Speaking of which, investors will be the first Disrupt attendees to meet Startup Battlefield 200 companies at an exclusive Sneak Peek reception. You’ll have early access to the showroom to experience them in person before everyone else at the event.
Of course, there’s the Startup Battlefield contest itself, where you can watch the finalists in action and decide if they fit your portfolio criteria and deserve a follow-up meeting. It will also give you insight into how your colleagues judging the pitch-off think when reviewing potential talent.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what one investor told us about his reasons for going to Disrupt:
“Building relationships with founders of early-stage startups is essential in my business. Disrupt attracts this core group across a wide range of industries, and the ability to easily connect and connect with them is a huge plus. — Daniel Lloreda, general partner at H20 Capital Innovation.
Networking is easy at Disrupt. Simply use the event app to find potential leads and schedule 1:1 meetings. It’s a fast, efficient, and effective use of your time.
Discover all the investor sessions listed in the Disrupt agenda. It’s another great opportunity to meet and network with new colleagues and expand your network. Here are some of the VC sessions you can take advantage of:
Fund the blockchain with a16z crypto: Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) is the largest and one of the best-known sources of funding for web3 startups. Alongside a16z founder Marc Andreessen, general partner Chris Dixon has been integral to the firm’s rise as a giant in the crypto-VC world – he was an early investor in startups including Coinbase, Uniswap, and Oculus VR. Hear Dixon explain how a16z crypto puts its massive $7.6 billion capital pool to work supporting early-stage Web3 businesses.
Acing adventure: Serena Williams is the greatest to ever play tennis, and she’s already made a name for herself as a VC in the tech world. At Disrupt, Williams and her Serena Ventures partner Alison Rapaport will join us to discuss the next chapter of Serena’s career, trading the racket for several (one hundred) incoming pitch-decks. We’ll talk about their investment thesis, their plans to bring more diversity into tech, and what they bring to the table as a VC.
Make the adventure more accessible: Have the actual flow of capital and the composition of venture capital fund teams caught up with press releases and sound bites? Despite heightened awareness of inequalities in venture capital funding, many barriers remain for women-led startups and POCs seeking funding – and for job seekers hoping to land a coveted opportunity in a venture capital firm. And while a record number of VCs have shared their intentions to better support underrepresented founders, VC remains an exclusive insider club. Meanwhile, as the VC athlete trend continues to rise, many of these often diverse investors are leading by example by backing diverse founders and teams. We will discuss: Steps for change — The best ways to look at opportunities — A guide to investing in diversity.
State of the VC in 2022: VCs have never had so much invested capital — with $100 billion more in so-called dry powder than at the end of last year, according to Preqin — but with a tightening exit market, many “slow their turnover” and assert more control over transactions after years of feverish negotiations. What new terms do they introduce into agreements? Where are they going forward – and back – and why? What do founders need to know to ensure their startups survive and thrive in 2023 and beyond? For a better understanding of what’s happening on the ground right now, this will be a must-have conversation.
TechCrunch Disrupt takes place October 18-20 in San Francisco. Fuel your deal flow and inflate your pipeline. Buy your Investor Pass now and save up to $1,100. Prices increase on September 16.
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