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affinity campfire 2023
Together we explored the future of relationship intelligence, the importance of data-driven sourcing, and what dealmaking will look like next year and beyond.
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135 Fisher Loop, San Francisco
The world of private capital has changed compared to recent years. The era of soaring valuations and the ‘one day close’ is over—investors can no longer justify risky deals based on hype and growth at all costs. The focus has shifted to sourcing deals with solid fundamentals and strong metrics with companies that are durable and have long-term growth potential. Fundraising has become more difficult, too, as capital needs to be deployed more selectively—while growing portfolio companies has also become a bigger priority as a path to recouping LP investments.
In this panel we'll learn how our panel of expert deal makers are successfully navigating today’s investment landscape and finding success in the following efforts:
- Deal Sourcing
- Portfolio Company Growth
shubham goel / VIVEK RAMASWAMI / CURTIS MCKEE / NNAMDI IREGBULEM / Kelly Graziadei
Affinity’s Product & Design leadership are excited to share some of the most recent, impactful capabilities that improve your daily CRM work and enable teams to tap into the information they need as they scale.
Right now, it’s essential for firms to find ways to do more with less while also maintaining healthy deal flow. More and more firms are becoming hyper focused on how they can move on the right deals faster, further strengthen their most valuable relationships, and collaborate more effectively as a team.
In this breakout session specifically tailored for the operational champions of Affinity— Caroline Haun (8VC) and Nolan English (SOSV) will share insights, stories, and best practices on how they’ve enabled their firm to be more successful and efficient in their dealmaking and supporting portfolio companies.
This will be a free-flowing discussion that is open to question so please bring your ideas for the speakers and the room full of operators about Affinity’s automation, relationship intelligence, enrichment, and API/integrations.
JAMIE FRONCKOWIAK / CAROLINE HAUN / NOLAN ENGLISH
Data-driven firms are winning right now—and the most successful ones ensure this mindset is implemented across every team member throughout the organization. It’s important for General Partners to set the tone and lead by example around how data-driven insights paired with leadership intuition are key factors to your investment strategies.
In this breakout session specifically tailored for dealmakers—we’d love for you to help us lead an open discussion with fellow investment firm leaders about how you’re finding success in being a data-driven investor. We hope to create an environment to share insights, swap stories, and learn from your peers on best practices around how you’re:
- Sharing your network and ongoing context from your day-to-day to improve the team’s overall deal and outreach success
- Managing your deal flow to optimize for efficient prioritization across your teams
- Using deal data and context to operate faster without sacrificing quality or adding risk
paul ross / MAR HERSHENSON
It has become apparent that data-driven deal making will define the winners in the next phase of venture capital. With Gartner predicting that 75% of investor reviews will be influenced by AI and data analytics by 2025, many VCs are facing a creeping deadline to modernize their systems and processes now, or risk being left behind. Simultaneously, firms are being tested by a challenging deal landscape where cutting costs and doing more with less are of top priority.
In this panel, we’ll sit down with operators who have led the way on digitization to gain insights on implementation best practices, and break down the delicate balance of effectively budgeting your resources without killing your agility for more open markets.
jennie dvorak / Ryan Bateman / Diogo Henriques / Amber Quinones / Andrew Cafourek
jesse goldman / dustin deno