Venture West Keynote Preview: Prevailing Winds Have Shifted Once Again

Each year in the built world holds new opportunities for investors and founders to capitalize on recent trends in technology and innovation. In 2023, the BuiltWorlds Venture West Conference kicked off with an overview of construction technology's historic opportunity for change. With more than a hint of optimism, the event launched into discussions around modularization, digitalization, sustainability, and robotics.

As we look to 2024, much like any other year, sentiments and trends have shifted. As detailed in the 2023 annual venture report, sentiments for investing are slightly more subdued, though not necessarily in a bad way. While dry powder has continued to accumulate, investors are weighing growth metrics more conservatively, or differently altogether, in an effort to capitalize on the trends at hand. Those trends now include technologies related to artificial intelligence-backed solutions, fintech, and infrastructure technology.

To kick off this event, Gabe Greenbaum, General Partner at B Capital, will draw from his extensive investing experience both within and outside of the AEC industry to provide a perspective on the sentiments and trends of today. As with each passing year, prevailing winds have yet again shifted, and savvy investors and opportune founders alike will gather at the BuiltWorlds 2024 Venture West Conference to understand how best to position their capital, their products, and their futures.

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Gabe Greenbaum -    General Partner, B Capital

Gabe is a General Partner at B Capital, a global multi-stage venture capital firm, where he resides in the LA office. He focuses on investing in AI and Enterprise Software technologies and often at the intersection of AI / verticalized old line industries being disrupted (industrial, supply chain, prop/con tech, etc).  Gabe brings nearly 15 years of investment experience, as a VC and was previously a Partner with Pritzker Group Venture Capital, where he ran the west coast office for the firm.

Gabe most recently invested, sat on the board and sold AI platform to AirBNB in 2023. Other current investments at BCapital include (Procurement), Greymatter Robotics, Precision Neuroscience and Curbwaste.

He has previously led early stage investments in companies such as: Openpath (acquired by Motorola), Scopely (Acq. $4.9B), Extend, Augury, Pype (acquired by Autodesk), Project 44, HQO, Livly, VTS, Specright, Cue Health (HLTH), Embrace.IO, Avant, Jetti Mining and Passive Logic, and sat on many of the company boards.

Gabe has co-founding two companies, which were both acquired, including StudentSpace, an early proptech platform based out of Chicago. He is a Foundation Board of Trustee member for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). Gabe has been named to LA’s NextGen10, Chicago Crain’s Tech50, Builtworlds Mavericks 50, and Techweek’s Tech100 and has served as a judge at EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.