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E11: Tomasz Tunguz and David Clark on how to invest in AI and Q1 2024 startup valuations

E11 • Apr 13, 2024 • 70 mins

David Weisburd hosts David Clark, Tomasz Tungus, and Jason Calacanis to discuss the new YC class, startup valuations, the future of AI startups, and more!

Key Points

  • The winter class of Y Combinator showcased a significantly smaller batch size with a less than 1% acceptance rate, featuring AI companies that have generated excitement in the VC community, such as Leah, an AI assistant for lawyers that raised a Series A from Benchmark.
  • Startup valuations for Q1 2024 have increased significantly at both the seed and late-stage levels, but concerns are growing around the sustainability of high entry prices if exit valuations remain depressed due to a closed IPO market and regulatory issues around large M&A.
  • Successful venture capital firms are increasingly managing reserve strategies effectively, with the best firms able to adjust their exposure to increase investment in high-performing companies and decrease in loss-making ones, potentially moving a fund from top quartile to top decile performance.
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