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The Current Fundraising Landscape for AI Startups: Tips & Data for Founders

Hear from partners at NEA, Tunitas Ventures, and AI Fund about what they are seeing in the fundraising landscape right now and what they are looking for in pitches from founders.


Danielle Lay
Danielle is a Partner at NEA, where she is focused on consumer social and commerce infrastructure companies. She is an active investor, board director or board observer of transformative companies such as Block, Burrow, Enigma, Fizz, Formlabs, Goody, Harper Wilde, Pair Eyewear, Patreon and Prime Financial Technologies. She previously worked with The Wing (acquired), Framebridge (acquired) and Desktop Metal (NYSE: DM). In 2021, Danielle was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Venture Capital.

Eric Ver Ploeg
Eric is the Founding Partner of Tunitas Ventures, whose primary value-add is helping the companies we invest in get their Series A from the best possible investor. Previously, Eric spent eleven years as a Managing Director at VantagePoint Venture Partners and Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners. Before his VC career, Eric started two venture-backed companies, raising five rounds of funding from Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, JMI Equity, VantagePoint and others.

Warren Packard
A seasoned entrepreneur and venture capitalist with 2 exits as a founder and more than 30 as an investor, Warren now leads AI Fund’s building team, partnering with entrepreneurs to create new companies. Prior to joining AI Fund, Warren founded Thuuz Sports, an AI-powered sports video curation and delivery platform, Thuuz was acquired by Stats Perform in 2020. Before Thuuz, Warren was a Managing Director and Venture Partner at DFJ.

Peter Walker
Peter Walker runs the Insights team at Carta, focused on discovering key narratives across the private market ecosystem. Prior to Carta, he was the Head of Marketing for the media analytics company PublicRelay. He also led the data visualization team at the Covid Tracking Project at The Atlantic during the peak of the pandemic.


Dan Landau