For five consecutive years, Silicon Legal has been recognized by PitchBook among the top 10 most active law firms in the VC space.¹ To celebrate, we invited some of our innovative entrepreneur and seasoned investor clients to share their lighthearted reflections from 2023 and predictions of what lies ahead.

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Nate Williams

If the venture capital ecosystem was a movie, what would the title of 2023 have been?

Fight Club

Friend, Enemy, or Spouse?

AI Spouse
Web3 Enemy
Future of Work Friend

In five words: What’s your most outlandish prediction for the venture capital market in 2024?

Amazing Startups and Amazing (Fund) Vintages

Who, what, or where did you find your greatest inspiration in 2023?

I wrote about it on LinkedIn but I took on a charity challenge based on a contact who battles Diabetes. I was able to channel my grit and discipline to complete a workout 365/365 days during 2023 including over 350 miles of Family Hikes.

If you could rename one popular tech term to be more honest and descriptive, what would it be and why?

“Growth Hacking” = “Sales”
“Business Development” = “Sales”
“Revenue Development” = “Sales”
“Head of Accounts” = “Sales”
So why use the term “Growth Hacking” instead of “Sales”? For some reason out here Sales last 10-20 years became an unpopular term as the world focused on a certain paradigm of a highly technical founder. But so many startups fail because they cannot generate meaningful customer insights or revenue. So as a firm we at UNION are not afraid of Sales (or hardware for that matter) and have a contrarian approach to generating early traction.

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