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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.

Time & Place

Oct 12

16:15 - 16:30

Main Stage

Meet Your Intructors

Michael Fertik

Founder & Managing Partner, 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.

Yoav Barel

Founder & Managing Partner, Chatbot Summit

Yoav Barel is the Founder and CEO of Chatbot Summit and a Partner at Sunrize Research. He is a seasoned tech executive with senior positions at Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and LivePerson, where he pioneered customer experience innovations. Yoav believes that conversational experiences powered by Generative AI (Chatbots) will dominate how we interact with technology and businesses. He also advises startups and provides research services to corporations and investors.

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