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Oct 12

Fireside Chat

The Staggering Promise and Perils of Investing in Generative AI — and What Needs to be Done Now

Generative AI is off to the races. During the recent global tech downturn, GenAI became the solitary venture investable “hot spot.” But what is hype and what is real?
In this intimate discussion, leading first-money venture capitalist Michael Fertik and legendary investor John Burbank reveal what they have learned about the current landscape and what they predict will be true in the not-too-distant future. These two iconoclastic investors are known as early visionaries about the future of still nascent markets. Join their exciting and personal conversation to discover why they think the Generative AI craze is similar to past trends, why they perceive it as different, and what, in the end, they believe will be the homerun opportunities for this basket of breakthrough opportunities.

16:15 - 16:30

Main Stage

John Burbank

John Burbank


John Burbank is the co-founder of Nimble Partners. He has invested in early-stage venture assets for the past decade. A long-time macro investor, John consistently focuses on sectors and investments where technology can be particularly disruptive and accelerates change. Prior to Nimble Partners, John founded Passport Capital, a San Francisco-based global investment firm that managed an excess of $4B.
John holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Duke University.

Nimble Partners

Michael Fertik

Michael Fertik

Founder, Heroic Ventures &

Michael Fertik is an entrepreneur and business leader, currently recognized as the founder and partner of Heroic Ventures (Heroic VC). Heroic VC is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies with innovative technologies and transformative potential. Michael’s expertise in online reputation management and data privacy has shaped his career and made him a sought-after advisor and investor. Prior to Heroic VC, he co-founded, a company specializing in digital reputation management.

Heroic VC



Nimble Partners

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Nimble Partners invests across the venture asset class, targeting domain expert early-stage managers to invest in both their funds and their highest performing companies. Nimble pairs unique macro and venture-specific investing experience to focus portfolio construction on a risk-adjusted optimization of venture.

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