TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 is less than a week away. There, countless valuable opportunities will present themselves to startups and investors alike.
Thousands of people are flocking to San Francisco this year for the three-day event (Oct. 2-4) to mingle and discuss all things tech. Whether it’s discovering the latest innovations from startups with peers, looking for new potential partners in business, or listening to industry leaders share their knowledge on stage, there will be plenty for attendees to do.
Notably, venture capitalists (VCs) will be out in numbers as guests at the event. These investors are the primary figures responsible for the funding of today’s startups—and they’re always seeking new prospects.
Even more exciting, according to a report from TechCrunch, is that VCs seem to have set aside enough funds to easily break their investment records from previous years.
High Projections for VC Investments in 2019
VC investors have already spent over $66 billion acquiring startup equity during the first half of this year alone.
When looking at projections for the rest of the second half, it seems likely that their annual investments will surpass $100 billion by the end of 2019.
A series of mega-funds have been put together by venture capital firms like SoftBank Capital, whose Vision Fund is expected to exceed $100 billion. Meanwhile, Andreessen Horowitz has collected roughly $2.75 billion of equity split between two new funds earlier in the year.
Additionally, multiple initial public offerings (IPOs) for major companies went live in recent months. This movement is stimulating investments across-the-board. Pinterest, Uber, Lyft, Slack, Zoom, and a few other notable names have already gone public this year. More are planning to follow suit in the coming months. For instance, WeWork, Peleton, and Postmates all recently finished filing for their own upcoming public listings.
Learn the Latest VC Insights
As such, some key industry leaders will speak on the modern climate of venture capital activity. They’ll also discuss the various ways that startups and investors can effectively prepare for the future. GV CEO and managing partner David Krane, Aspect Ventures co-founder Theresia Gouw, Floodgate co-founder Ann Miura-Ko, and a slew of others will all be sharing their knowledge on the current state of VCs and IPOs.
This meant that Disrupt isn’t just an opportunity for attendees to find funding for their business ventures. It’s also the perfect place to learn how to better navigate them.
For those interested in attending, TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 takes place between October 2-4 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Passes to the event are still available for purchase and can be acquired here.