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Index Ventures Sees AI as the Next Major Advancement

# **Index Ventures General Partner Mike Volpi on AI as a Platform Shift and Global Investment Opportunities**

Welcome to Bloomberg Technology! In this video, General Partner Mike Volpi from Index Ventures joins hosts Ed Ludlow and Caroline Hyde to discuss the firm’s perspective on Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a platform shift comparable to the rise of mobile technology over a decade ago, as well as their insights on global investment opportunities.

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## **Key Points:**

– Volpi views AI as a platform shift with immense potential and discusses the current state of the venture climate, highlighting the green shoots in AI investments.
– He identifies three broad categories for AI investments: foundation models that generate texts for search and retrieval, operational tools for managing semiconductors, and high-powered applications incorporating AI.
– The video touches upon Saudi Arabia’s impact on private markets and Index Ventures’ approach to Middle Eastern investments.
– Volpi emphasizes the significance of early-stage investments to capitalize on technology’s transformative nature, drawing parallels to the web browser and the iPhone’s introduction.
– European opportunities and unique investing strategies tailored to the diverse market landscape are also discussed, along with success stories like Farfetch originating from Europe.
– In the segment on crypto investments, Volpi separates the crypto market from mainstream VC investments and expresses optimism about a potential rebound.

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Index Ventures General Partner Mike Volpi joins Ed Ludlow and Caroline Hyde to discuss why the firm views AI as a platform shift akin to mobile a decade and a half ago. Volpi also shares his thoughts on global investment opportunities.
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