Notes from Ali’s presentation:

  • DCVC focuses on deep tech and deep compute.
  • Old, massive industries have deep problems and complex needs.
  • Embodied AI - robotics
  • Ali’s book Super Founders covers data around the founders of billion dollar companies. For example, the median age is 34. We always think about younger founders, which are anomalies highlighted by the media.
  • Startup pivots aren’t always about narrowing down, sometimes they’re about following the users and going more general, as in the case of Youtube, which initially tried to be an online dating service.


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