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Here are the startups Goldman Sachs is wooing in Las Vegas next week

It’s not a startup, but it’s SoftBank that will capture much of the bankers’ attention next week.

The Bellagio fountain show on the Las Vegas Strip 
The Goldman Sachs conference takes place at the Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip.
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Goldman Sachs’ annual conference in Las Vegas serves as an effective hot list for which tech startups are worth the giant investment bank’s interest each November.

Goldman is on the hunt for the tech companies that will bring them a windfall when they go public, so the roster of startups they invite to the Bellagio is always a window into which young companies are viewed as the creme da la creme by Wall Street.

This year’s buzziest name? Perhaps Houzz, the home remodeling website, which has an evening slot all to itself, according to the schedule first obtained here by Recode.

A few other high-flying companies are scheduled to make the rounds at one-on-one meetings, even if they’re not formally presenting to the Goldman community: Slack, Opendoor and Wish, for instance. There is no one single “wow” name invited.

Much of the attention this year will actually be captured not by a startup but by a fund investing at gigantic valuations: SoftBank’s Vision Fund is slated to present, with CEO Rajeev Misra speaking alongside Goldman Sachs tech dealmaker Dan Dees.

SoftBank is the belle of the ball in banking these days, with some firms assigning teams solely to recruit and land deals involving the $100 billion mega tech fund. And so it’s little surprise that Goldman Sachs is seeking an opportunity to impress the Japanese conglomerate.

Here’s the full agenda for next week, followed by the companies invited:


  • Adyen
  • Anaplan
  • AngelList
  • Away
  • Benchmark
  • Cadre
  • Capital World Investors
  • Carbon
  • Cerebras
  • Coinbase
  • Convoy
  • GoEuro
  • Green Chef
  • Headspace
  • Houzz
  • Hotel Tonight
  • Instacart
  • Internet Association
  • Ionic Security
  • Namely
  • Nubank
  • Opendoor
  • Qualtrics
  • Roblox Corporation
  • Slack Technologies, Inc.
  • SoftBank Vision Fund
  • Squarespace
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Symphony
  • ThirdLove
  • thredUP
  • Tulip Retail
  • Turo
  • Unity
  • Vapor IO
  • Wish
  • Within
  • Zola

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