BootstrapLabs AAI18 Panel – Enterprise AI Applications and the Future of Work

Over the next several weeks we’ll be releasing the videos from the sessions from the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018. The yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI, that brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations.

Moderator: Andrew Salzman, Partner, Chasm Group


  • Igor Jablokov, Founder and CEO, Pryon Inc
  • Matt Swanson, CEO, Augment
  • Nisha Talagala, Chief Technology Officer, ParallelM
  • Sabrina Atienza, Founder,

During this session, the panelists discussed the future of work and how Artificial Intelligence will change workflows, job functions and even our priorities at work.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • There’s tremendous opportunity for AI to be leveraged in different organizations and even those implemented to improve a process by 1% in a Fortune 500 Company can have huge impact.
  • AI will create new types of jobs and add value to augment existing systems rather than fully replace/automate them.
  • The future of our work will primarily consist of interacting with other humans, strategizing, designing and other creative topics, while the monotonous parts will increasingly see automation.

About Andrew Salzman:
Andrew has enjoyed a distinguished career working with enterprises seeking to transition disruptive technologies into growth businesses. As a member of Chasm Group, he works with cross functional teams to identify their best strategic growth pathways. Andrew served as a senior operating executive over a 25 year career in the US, Europe, and Japan, with CMO roles at Oracle/ Siebel Systems, HP/Compaq, Information Resources, Saba, and Kodak.

About Igor Jablokov:
Igor is founder and CEO of Pryon, a stealth startup in the field of artificial intelligence. He also serves as an EIR for Blackstone NC, an initiative to accelerate the commercialization of academic research. Previously, Igor was founder and CEO of Yap, a VC-backed startup that pioneered cloud-based speech recognition. It was acquired by Amazon to act as the nucleus of AI-related products such as Alexa, Echo, and Fire TV.

About Matt Swanson:
Matt Swanson is the founder and CEO of Augment, a customer experience-driven AI platform, and is responsible for driving the strategic direction and vision of the company. He also serves as the managing partner of Silicon Valley Software Group. Prior to Augment, he co-founded SpeakerText in 2010 and served as its CTO before the company was acquired by CloudFactory. Matt received his M.S. in CS and Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

About Nisha Talagala:
Nisha Talagala is CTO/VP of Engineering at ParallelM, focusing on Production Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Nisha was previously a Fellow at SanDisk and Fellow/Lead Architect at Fusion-io. Nisha has more than 15 years of expertise in software development and distributed systems. Nisha earned her PhD in Computer Science at UC Berkeley and holds 54 patents in software, distributed systems, storage and related areas.

About Sabrina Atienza:
Sabrina is excited about leveraging the latest technology in new ways to solve massive, deeply entrenched problems. She trained in Computer Science and Physics at UC Berkeley. Prior to Qurious, Sabrina was a software engineer at Tealeaf (acquired by IBM) and software development consultant for tech companies. Her favorite reads are “The Power and the Glory” by Graham Greene and “The Way of Zen” by Alan Watts.