Top Tech Trends debated by leading VCs – and decided by the audience

Once again, Poll Everywhere had the pleasure of partnering with the Churchill Club to crown the Top Tech Trend of 2019. The 21st annual event is a heralded Silicon Valley tradition that pits partners from the leading venture capital firms against each other in an audience choice competition.

The debate gets raucous. But ultimately it is the audience that determines the winner.

Top Tech Trends of 2019

These are the trends presented by each VC partner. Can you guess which came out ahead?

VC partners debate the top tech trends at the Churchill Club's annual event.

1. Rise of Functional Medicine

Keto, paleo and gluten-free are here to stay. Look out for one-stop shop companies that facilitate
functional medicine and do more than just provide diet or supplements but create packaged
actionable results based on diagnostics, diet and diagnosis.
Rebecca Lynn, Canvas Ventures

2. Flexible Fertility Management Will Become Mainstream

The U.S. is in the early stages of a seismic cultural shift around how and when people have
families. As more women delay having children to stay in the workforce, as the average life
expectancy increases, and as more same-sex couples start families, flexible fertility services will
become commonplace.
Lauren Kolodny, Aspect Ventures

3. Physical Space: The Final Frontier

Real estate is often listed as one of the last sectors to be impacted by technology. Get ready for
some major changes: the ways that we buy, sell, lease, build, move to, live in, furnish and secure
our physical spaces are becoming faster, simpler, and cheaper – for both our homes and offices.
How we utilize space will continue to dramatically change in the next few years due to
macroeconomic shifts, on-demand preferences, and lack of space in urban areas.
Jeff Crowe, Norwest Venture Partners

4. Biology as Technology Will Reinvent Trillion Dollar Industries

Biology as Technology uses design and programming to save planetary and human health. It’s
reinventing trillion-dollar industries in food, fuels, materials, diagnostics, therapeutics, computers
and more.
Navin Chaddha, Mayfield

5. VR-AI-Bioelectronic Wearables Program Our Emotions in Healthful and Intentional Ways

Consumers wake up to our unhealthy addiction to the dopamine hits of social media. Immersive,
non-invasive wearables biohack us into states of relaxation, mindfulness, and peak performance –
-without ads!
Brian Ascher, Venrock

6. Distributed Workforces Will Become the Norm

Facilitated by collaboration software like Notion, Zoom, etc. Most dev teams will have a global
presence. Eastern Europe and the Balkans will be hubs for outsourcing, which in turn will create
domestic tech industries in the next 20 years.
Rebecca Lynn, Canvas Ventures

7. A Democratized Network of Trust

Driven by technological advances (ML/zero trust/API proliferation), increasing regulation around
privacy, and consumer demand for both personalization and efficiency, a massive network of
verified identity will make our digital activities more seamless and secure. This network will
connect new clearinghouses that verify our most important attributes without unnecessary
redundancy.
Lauren Kolodny, Aspect Ventures

8. Digital Technology Makes Positive (!) Inroads on Mental Health

Over the last 5 years, heavy use of smartphones and our frenetic “always-on” culture have been
cited as causing increases in depression, anxiety, and isolation. Digital technology fights back.
From texting with your remote therapist to machine learning unique combinations of therapeutic
problem/response, digital technology democratizes access to effective mental health treatment.
Jeff Crowe, Norwest Venture Partners

9. The Renaissance of Silicon Will Create Industry Giants

With the end of Moore’s Law, new semiconductors are required for a Cloud-native, Data-
dominated, AI-powered, IoT world. The rise of these new players will put Silicon back into Silicon Valley.
Navin Chaddha, Mayfield

10. Federal Defense and Intelligence Budgets Will Dramatically Unlock for Startups

Cyberwarfare is at DEFCON1. Our Democracy has been breached. Traditional military industrial
contractors lack the software skills and agility to counter the threat, while big tech companies are
held back by picketing employees. Startups will fill the gap.
Brian Ascher, Venrock

Which trend do you think won?

 

 

After jockeying amongst the partners and heartfelt appeals to the audience, Masters of Ceremony Mike Federle and Rich Karlgaard of Forbes revealed the final poll results…The Renaissance of Silicon Will Create Industry Giants proposed by Navin Chaddha of Mayfield.