The flopping of the IPOs: Tech’s biggest investors came to San Francisco for a major startup conference, and one topic stole the show

Startups, investors and journalists convened in San Francisco this week for the 3-day TechCrunch Disrupt conference, a bellwether of the trends dominating Silicon Valley’s boardrooms and venture capital firms This year, many investors discussed the disappointing returns from some of the industry’s most anticipated tech IPOs, and blamed big banks for overhyping private companies on public markets.Several investors pointed to direct listings as a viable option for startups and investors alike following generally positive results from Spotify and Slack.Click here for more BI Prime stories.The Disrupt conference in San Francisco, organized by Tech Crunch, is a longstanding showcase for cutting-edge startups and products. But the star of this year’s show was not a buzzy new app for swapping selfies

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