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2020: Profit is king, and other predictions from Silicon Valley

Venture capitalists see lessons from WeWork and more Asian money in US tech

In 2020, venture capitalists will be keen to avoid another WeWork, the SoftBank-backed startup whose valuation cratered when it attempted to go public. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- 2019 started out promising but ended up frustrating for venture investors as many private market darlings disappointed once they went public -- or, in the case of WeWork, attempted to.

Warning signals are flashing for 2020, including a possible economic downturn and ongoing China-U.S. trade tensions.

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