Venture Capital Disrupted (Princeton 2018 Spring Lecture)

2018: Venture Capital Disrupted

Princeton University
Danny Crichton / April 5th, 2018

Personal Background

Readings
Venture trends from the field
Building a startup today

Agenda

Personal Background

Narcissism

Readings

Essays

Venture Trends

Life in 2018

1.Blockchain

Quite possibly the only trend that people are talking about today
Massive excitement in blockchain (including but not limited to cryptocurrencies)
New avenues for funding (ICO vs. venture)
Massive regulatory risk that still is not mitigated
So early - revolution has not yet happened and may not for several years

2. Huge Biotech Excitement

Massive interest in “deep insight bio” - software and bio
Massively increasing valuations
Political pressure and regulatory reform from FDA
Global increase in spend

3. Startup Frontier IS increasingly “complex”

Growing realization that complex ventures

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2017 and Regulated Businesses (Princeton Fall 2017 Lecture)

2017 and Regulated businesses

Princeton University EGR 475
Danny Crichton / Oct 20th, 2017

Personal Background

Venture trends from the field
Building a startup today

Agenda

Personal Background

Narcissism

Complex Venture Trends

Life in 2017

1. Huge Biotech Excitement

Massive interest in “deep insight bio” - software and bio
Massively increasing valuations
Political pressure and regulatory reform from FDA
Global increase in spend

2. Startup Frontier IS increasingly “complex”

Growing realization that complex ventures are only interesting investment area
GovTech, “smart enterprise”, “emerging tech,” logistics, cybersecurity, and other new investment themes are very popular these days
Problem: partner talent not always matched with themes

3. Asset class arbitrage

SBIR program increasingly used by startups to launch
Early-stage SV VCs are competing ferociously with traditional funders given

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Searching for that Yellow Brick Road (Princeton Spring 2017 Lecture)

Searching for that Yellow Brick Road

Danny Crichton

Agenda

The Challenges of 2017
Slow Growth, Massive Inflows, Monopolies, and Quantification
The Good, Bad, and Ugly of VC Life

But First,

Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Short version:
Investor at CRV
(Charles River Ventures)
Early-stage, consumer-focused
Based in NYC

Remember!

The Challenges of

Venture in 2017

What’s happening?

Takeaways?

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The New Wave of Global Journalism (Key Platform 2014 Presentation)

The New Wave of Global Journalism

By Danny Crichton

I want to thank the organizers of Key Platform 2014 to speak today. My name is Danny Crichton, and I am a writer at TechCrunch, writing about startups in South Korea, Asia, and in Silicon Valley. Many people seem to think that much has changed over the last 50 years when it comes to journalism.

A History of

Little Change

That notion is false. Despite the incredible technological progression made in all kinds of industries like commerce, social communications, enterprise storage, security, and information retrieval, news content and journalism more generally hasn’t changed all that much over the past 50 years. I realize I am being a bit contrarian, but let me show you the

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The Startup Life (Korea University 2014 Lecture)

The Startup Life

By Danny Crichton

Two Questions Today

Why Should You Found a Startup
How do you find your product?

Quick About Me

Why Should You Start a Company?

Everyone is doing it

Today,

there are 5,500 companies
listed in San Francisco

Approximately

50 companies
are worth $1 billion

More importantly though…

Change the World

Computer Scientists are Changing the World

Question #2:

How do I
Change the World?

How do I find

great ideas?

Three Approaches

Technical Challenges
Customer Development
New Ideas

Technical Challenges

Customer Development

New Ideas

No matter what, build something you love

Questions

Silicon Valley Culture & Lifestyle
Work & Fun
What technologies do people use?
What is happening in the industry?
What should I do today?

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