Mamoon Hamid and Ilya Fushman of Kleiner Perkins: AI is Present in Over 80% of Pitches

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Situated in San Francisco, at a StrictlyVC event last week, we conversed with Mamoon Hamid and Ilya Fushman, two experienced VCs whose paths first crossed as children in Frankfurt, Germany. They were appointed to rejuvenate the renowned venture firm Kleiner Perkins about six years ago.

They’ve seemingly carried out their objective to enhance the reputation of the brand. Among Kleiner’s recent investments: Rippling, the workforce management company founded by serial entrepreneur Parker Conrad that was valued at more than $11 billion last year; Loom, a video messaging outfit recently acquired by Atlassian for just under a billion dollars; and Figma, the design tool company that came this close to being acquired by Adobe for $20 billion – and that Fushman and Hamid argue is now happily charting a course as an independent company.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, team Kleiner is also heavily focused on AI investments, and it’s these about which we spent the most time talking. Video snippets from the dialog can be found at the bottom of the page; meanwhile, here are edited excerpts from our chat, to improve comprehension and brevity.

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