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Investor survey results: Upcoming trends in social startups

Voice-based social networks and gaming as a new form of identity were among the top emerging trends in consumer social startups, according to an Extra Crunch survey of top social tech investors. Meanwhile, anonymity and dating apps with a superfluous twist were spaces where investors were most pessimistic.
Extra Crunch assembled a list of the most prolific and well-respected investors in social. Many have funded or worked for the breakout companies changing the way we interact with other people. We asked about the most exciting trends they’re seeing and which areas they expect will soon spawn blockbuster social apps.
Subscribe to Extra Crunch to read the full answers to our questionnaire from funds like Andreessen Horowitz, CRV and Initialized.
Here are the 15 leading social network VCs that participated in our survey:



Olivia Moore, CRV




Justine Moore, CRV




Connie Chan, Andreessen Horowitz




Alexis Ohanian, Initialized Capital




Niko Bonatsos, General Catalyst




Josh Coyne, Kleiner Perkins




Wayne Hu, Signal Fire




Alexia Bonatsos, Dream Machine




Josh Elman, Angel Investor




Aydin Senkut, Felicis Ventures




James Currier, NFX




Pippa Lamb, Sweet Capital




Christian Dorffer, Sweet Capital




Jim Scheinman, Maven Ventures




Eva Casanova, Day One Ventures



Stay tuned next week for a follow-up article from these investors detailing their thoughts on social investing in the COVID-19 era.

Olivia Moore & Justine Moore, CRV


What trends are you most excited about in social from an investing perspective?
First, it’s worth noting that consumer social is very hard to predict. Unlike enterprise software, there’s no rational buyer, and the things that take off can seem “random” or dumb. Startups that see huge success in this space are often pioneering a new feature or way of communicating that hasn’t existed before. Any VC who claims to know what the “next big thing” in consumer social will look like should probably go build it themselves!
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