STAN Talks in LA brought together over 80 angel investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts to explore the latest trends, opportunities, and challenges in the world of startups. Together we discussed the importance of angel investment in times of crisis, explored the impact of angel investing in Armenian startups and its boost effect on the economy, and heard an insightful keynote on the immense potential of deep tech startups.
We’re thankful to everyone who took the time to attend and lend their voice. We built new connections, shared knowledge, and embraced the spirit of collaboration that defines our vibrant community.
For those who didn’t have the chance to join us, we’re sharing some key takeaways from the keynote and panel discussions below. We hope that these insights will help motivate and inform founders and angels alike.
Key takeaways from the keynote by Sri Rao
The Power of Pioneering: Why Early Stage Deep Tech Matters
Deep tech is a cultural shift and game-changing phenomenon that will have greater impact than anything prior with the potential to completely transform industries and create entirely new ones in sectors like healthcare, industry, space tech, and quantum technology. Over more than two decades of the internet humanity accumulated an incredible amount of open and readily available data. New technology makes research cheaper due to the accessibility of computing power and the increasing efficiency with which we can infer.
Risk taking is risky unless it’s informed. There are enough investors who have been through multiple generations of technology endeavors to know how to invest in deep tech startups and disrupt industries and the way we live and work.
Collaboration is key. Collaboration among academia, government research, industry, and venture capital is vital for the success of early-stage deep tech ventures. With academia contributing cutting-edge research, government research offering funding and support, an industry providing practical experience and market insights, and venture capital supplying the necessary investment, these partnerships create a powerful ecosystem that propels innovative ideas into the market.
After the keynote by Sri Rao, we enjoyed an engaging panel discussion moderated by Ellina Abovian on why it’s the right time to invest in early-stage Armenian startups.
Special thanks to our speakers:
Sri Rao, Venture Partner at Union Labs
Al Eisaian, CEO of Cognaize and Co-founder of IntelinAir
Cynthia Tusan, CFA, Founder, and CEO of Strategic Global Advisors
Avetis Antaplyan, Founder and CEO of HIRECLOUT
Vahag Karayan, Co-founder and CEO of BrandLens Inc
Ellina Abovian, Emmy Award-nominated journalist and reporter at KTLA5, for generously agreeing to moderate the panel.