30th Annual BABC Forecast Luncheon: 2020 VISIONS for Technology

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    Julia Morgan Ballroom
    465 California Street, 15th Floor
    San Francisco

    We are proud to sponsor the Annual BABC Forecast Luncheon as it takes on a new twist in this, its 30th year, with a focus on technology.

    The tech industry is a driving force behind the Bay Area economy. Although the industry seems to be booming and local unemployment rates are at an all-time low, both mature companies and startups have made deep cuts to their workforces and, according to a recent survey, workers in the tech industry have started to see cuts in corporate spending.

    In particular, growth in the SaaS sector seems to have slowed.

    • What is the 2020 forecast for the Bay Area’s tech sector?
    • Where are VCs focusing their investments – AI, big data, fintech, hardware, life sciences, 5G? How has this changed from last year to this coming year?
    • Will we see consolidation/collapse in certain tech sectors?
    • Is the Bay Area losing its edge as the US tech leader or is it just a changing market?
    • Where is the gig economy headed? Will it continue to be key to successful start-ups or will employees reject it as class warfare?
    • What will be the new big thing in 2020 that will amaze (and possibly annoy) consumers?

    Expert panelists will share their insights into the future for technology in the Bay Area and its impact on our local economy.

    Dr. Sven Beiker (Moderator)
    Founder and Managing Director, Silicon Valley Mobility, LLC

    Melissa Taunton
    Partner, New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

    Steve Goldberg
    Operating Partner, Venrock

    Jamais Cascio
    Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future