BootstrapLabs AAI18 Panel – Applied AI in FinTech: Faster, Cheaper, Better?

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: Ash Fontana, Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners

Speakers:

  • Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer, Ayasdi
  • Shaunak Khire, Co-Founder and CEO, EmmaAI
  • Ashish Bansal, Sr. Director – Data Science, Capital One
  • Xavier Legros, VP – Product Development & Science , Trusted Insight

During this session, the panelists discussed AI in finance technology, data privacy and security, interpretability of algorithms and the need for a strong relationship with regulators.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • For AI to deliver value in FinTech, interpretability and explainability are important, you need to be able to prove where your model comes from and have strong documentation.
  • You need to make sure the right controls and processes are in place to ensure data privacy and security.
  • Developing a strong relationship with regulatory agencies is key to make sure your model is unbiased and explainable and be able to influence regulators into adopting better, more complicated models.

About Ash Fontana:
Ash joined Zetta Venture Partners – the first venture capital fund focused on intelligent systems – with Mark Gorenberg at the time it launched. Ash is a board member of and lead investor in companies such as Kaggle, Invenia, Clearbit, Tractable and Focal Systems. Before Zetta, Ash started the money side of AngelList, launching online investing, managing $130M over more than 250 funds, creating the first startup ‘index fund’ and more. Ash previously co-founded Topguest, a Founders Fund-backed company that built customer analytics technology.

About Sangeeta Chakraborty:
Sangeeta is the Chief Customer Officer at Ayasdi. Prior to Ayasdi, Sangeeta built multiple professional services practices across a number of successful startups including Digital Fuel (acquired by VMWare), Inquira (acquired by Oracle) and Interwoven. Sangeeta began her career in consulting with Tata, Fujitsu and Vitria.

About Shaunak Khire:
Shaunak Khire, is the co­founder & CEO of Emma/MANSI, an explainable AI for the financial markets. Shaunak started out as a mobile security consultant at British Telecom focusing on vulnerabilities in bluetooth standards. Previously Shaunak was a Board Member of a private equity backed DMP (data management platform), he has also served on the global board of the Mobile Marketing Association. Shaunak was a part of the Clinton Global Initiative tech & poverty alleviation groups and built the MaghaCGI30 Index a social impact index that weighs constituents based on CSR metrics. He is a contributor for TechCrunch and has been on MIT Technology Review’s 35 under 35 list in 2012.

About Ashish Bansal:
Ashish is a Senior Director of Data Science at Capital One. He uses AI/ML to generate insights from vast amounts of data and build interesting B2B, B2C and Enterprise products. He manages a product portfolio of 5+ products. Prior to Capital One, he co-founded GALE Partners and headed the Machine Learning group, building AI/ML based marketing automation products. He helped the company grow from 9 to 120 and setup the India office. Overall, he has over 18 years of experience in the technology industry, along with an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and B Tech from IIT BHU.

About Xavier Legros:
Xavier is the VP of Product and Science at Trusted Insight. He’s responsible for bringing machine learning to the world of alternative asset management – Currently focusing on VC and Credit Markets. He is continuously improving the #1 social network for CIOs and alternative assets managers through Trusted Insight platform website and mobile experiences.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote and Panel – Savior or Destroyer? How AI is transforming the Media

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 & Keynote Speaker: Alex Salkever, Author, “Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Can Change The Future”

Speakers:

  • Robbie Allen, CEO, Infinia ML / Executive Chairman, Automated Insights
  • Gilad Lotan, VP – Head of Data Science, BuzzFeed

During this session, the panelists discussed the future of AI and the media, how it’ll empower journalists and generate new revenue streams for localized reporting.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • We’re already consuming content that’s generated with Artificial Intelligence like sports and election results. But AI is still limited in terms of content creation, it’ll take another 10 years for AI to write a high school essay.
  • We need to keep our priorities straight and optimize for the right metrics, optimizing for something like CTR can lead to polarization.
  • AI will give reporters superpowers, they’ll be able to write stories and leverage data in ways that was impossible without technical skills.

About Alex Salkever:
Alex Salkever is a writer, futurist and technology leader. He is the co-author with Vivek Wadhwa of “The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Can Change the Future”. The book was named as a Finalist in the 2017 McKinsey / Financial Times Book of the Year Competition. He previously served as the Technology Editor at BusinessWeek.com and as a Guest Researcher at the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. His first book, “The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent” was named a Book of the Year by The Economist in 2012. Alex has served as a senior executive at a host of Silicon Valley startups in green technology, data science, open government, and cloud computing. He speaks regularly at industry conferences, universities and schools and to corporations and Boards of Directors.

About Robbie Allen:
Robbie Allen is the CEO of Infinia ML, which helps enterprise organizations implement ML solutions. Previously, he founded and led Automated Insights, whose natural language generation software helped automate content production for The Associated Press, Yahoo!, and others. Robbie has authored or coauthored 10 books and has spoken at multiple conferences including: O’Reilly AI Conference, Strata, SXSW, and the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. He holds two Master’s degrees from MIT and is completing his Ph.D. in CS at UNC-Chapel Hill.

About Gilad Lotan:
Gilad is the Head of Data Science at BuzzFeed where he leads a team that’s tasked with building state of the art analytics and data products to support entertainment, news, business and tech. Previously Gilad led Data Science at beta works, and built data products and Microsoft. Gilad’s work has been covered across a wide range of academic journals and publications, most recently focused on propaganda and bias within algorithmic ranking systems.

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

Speakers:

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

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.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote – AutoML: The Future of Machine Learning

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.

Speaker: Alex Holub, Founder, Vidora

If you want to check out the slides used by the speaker follow this link.

During this session, Alex Holub discussed the future of Machine Learning, Automated Machine Learning and the notion of Master Algorithms.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • All machine learning implementations within an organization have to go through 4 fundamental steps: pre-processing, feature cleaning, feature engineering, and modeling.
  • Metalearning, having the machine learning system learn from the raw data as it goes through the different possibilities of pre-processing, feature cleaning, feature engineering and modeling techniques.
  • Leveraging Master Algorithms that can deal with raw data and figure out the best path will give everyone access to building these complex machine learning models without having written a single line of code.

About Alex Holub:
Alex is the Co-Founder and CEO of Vidora, a leading ML company working with companies like News Corp, Walmart, and Yahoo! Japan. Prior to co-founding Vidora, Alex was a technical and product management lead at Ooyala. He has published over 15 academic papers and holds numerous patents in the areas of ML, computer vision, and AI. Alex studied artificial intelligence throughout his academic career at Cornell University and during his Ph.D at Caltech.

About Vidora:
Vidora provides a self-service, point and click machine learning platform to some of the largest global companies including News Corp, Walmart, and Yahoo! Japan. Vidora’s technology leverages automated techniques for feature cleaning, feature engineering, and model selection to enable non-technical users to use Machine Learning. Vidora’s founders include graduates and PhDs from Stanford, Berkeley, and Caltech. Learn more about Vidora at https://www.vidora.com/

City of Malmö Hosts BootstrapLabs’ Founder Nicolai Wadstrom

Malmö, Sweden – May 8, 2018 – BootstrapLabs Founder and CEO, Nicolai Wadstrom was honored to be invited to speak at Malmö’s legendary Palladium during the city’s 07:07AM quarterly Breakfast with Entrepreneurs.

During Nicolai’s session “AI, Silicon Valley and Malmö! he shared his unique insights in what is happening within Artificial Intelligence, why it is happening now and what lies ahead. He also provided some guidelines on how business leaders can prepare their organizations for the technology shift.

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The business community in Malmö was hungry to learn more about AI and BootstrapLab, the organizers opened up extra tickets and ended up with 500+ registered attendees.

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07:07 am is a forum where entrepreneurs meet other entrepreneurs and share knowledge and experience. Each meeting has a theme and hand picked speakers for that particular topic. 07:07 am is also an opportunity to meet Malmö city politicians and civil servants.

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Announcing the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series: Human and Computer Interaction – Moving Beyond Touch

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BootstrapLabs is thrilled to announce the Applied AI Insiders Series: Human and Computer Interaction – Moving Beyond Touch.

Event Summary:

  • Date and Time: Thur, May 31, 2018| 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Location: The Google Launchpad Space, 345 Spear St 5th Floor, San Francisco, California 94105
  • Registration:this event is INVITE ONLY. If you did not receive an invitation you can request one below.

 

 

Event Description

Topic: Human and Computer Interaction – Moving Beyond Touch

We stand in front of the 4th and largest wave of the industrial revolution, powered by Artificial Intelligence and Data. This is the biggest opportunity so far for innovation and entrepreneurship, and every single industry will be disrupted and redefined by companies that are not yet even born.

With the AI economic impact projected to reach $15 Trillion by 2030, we believe Applied Artificial Intelligence represents one of the major wealth creation opportunities of this century.

The interaction between Humans and Computers has been in constant evolution. Until the invention of touch screens, our connection with these devices was indirect and relied on additional equipment like a keyboard, screen, stylus, and mouse. It was only a matter of time until AI would be leveraged to radically change that connection, and move us closer to what Dr. J.C.R. Licklider, the pioneering psychologist and computer scientist, forecasted in 1963, a human-computer partnership.

During our May Applied AI Insiders Series event, we will explore practical ways AI is being applied to different Human/Computer interfaces, moving us beyond touch and closer to how we interact with other humans – using speech, gestures and even body language. Sensors that can understand our unique appearance, gestures, emotions or vital signs, voice-enabled interfaces that can hear and “understand” what we say, and even prosthetics that can interact with the electrical impulses our brains uses to control our body, are just some examples of where we’re heading.

We will explore the added benefits of these interfaces, but also share thoughts on some of the biggest challenges facing broader adoption of this technology. To get us to the next phase in human-computer collaboration, these systems must gather and analyze countless information on users, but how do we ensure privacy and secure that sensitive data?

As a VC focused on Applied AI, BootstrapLabs looks beyond the hype and has assembled an extraordinary panel of speakers to take you through the current state of AI and Human Computer Interaction. Read more.

Speakers

Ben Levy, Co-Founder, BootstrapLabs

Ben spent the last 20 years in Silicon Valley building and exiting two FinTech startups to Mergent and NASDAQ, investing in disruptive software technologies, and advising CxOs of Fortune 500 Telecom, Media and Technology companies on corporate strategy, financing and M&A.
Ben is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), an Ambassador of La FrenchTech, as well as a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and globalization in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Igor Jablokov, Founder, Pryon

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. He was awarded the Eisenhower and Truman National Security Fellowships to research the connection between government and venture capital in fostering innovation.

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. He holds over two dozen patents issued and pending and was named an industry luminary by Speech Technology Magazine. Igor holds a BS in Computer Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from The University of North Carolina.

Mark Nitzberg, Executive Director, Center for Human Compatible AI – UC Berkeley

Dr. Mark J. Nitzberg is currently Executive Director of the Center for Human Compatible Artificial Intelligence as well as head of strategic outreach for the Berkeley AI Research Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Founded in late 2016, the UC Berkeley Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI) aims to reorient the field of AI towards creating systems that are provably safe and beneficial to humans.

Dr. Nitzberg is also the co-author of “Solomon’s Code” and also serves as Principal & Chief Scientist at Cambrian.ai, as well as advisor to a number of startups. Most recently he was Director of Computer Vision Products at A9/Amazon following their acquisition of The Blindsight Corporation, where he was founding CEO. An entrepreneur, scientist, and seasoned organizational leader, Dr. Nitzberg has built companies and products in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, financial portfolio optimization, workflow efficiencies, online commerce, development aid, data capture, analytics, film, and theatre.

Dr. Nitzberg began studying AI with Marvin Minsky as a stowaway student at MIT in the “expert systems” wave of the early 1980’s, and wrote his Ph.D. on Computer Vision and Human Perception in 1991 under David Mumford at Harvard University.

Omar Abdelwahed, Head of Studio, SoftBank Robotics America

Omar Abdelwahed is a producer, engineer and currently the Head of Studio at SoftBank Robotics America. Omar has more than 15 years experience leading teams for large video game publishers including Ubisoft and 2K; independent developers like Mighty Play and PLAYSTUDIOS; and retailers such as Best Buy. Omar’s work includes the free-to-play shooter, “Ghost Recon Phantoms,” and the NBA video game franchise, “NBA2K”. Omar founded the independent games developer, Agent Disco, where he published his first mobile game, “The Null Society”.

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Applied AI Conference 2018 – Thank You

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The BootstrapLabs team would like to thank you for attending the Applied AI Conference 2018 and helping us make this event possible. We hope you were as excited as we were with the day of learning, inspiration, and networking.

This was our third annual Applied AI conference and we want to make sure we continue to improve in our future iterations, which is why we wanted to hear your valuable feedback.

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Please take a minute to complete this survey and tell us what you thought worked and what didn’t. Thank you! – Link here. Everyone who responds will be entered in a drawing for free tickets to next year’s conference!

Stay connected with the BootstrapLabs AI Community:

  • AI News: Stay up to date on Applied AI news, by signing up for our weekly Applied AI Digest at this link.
  • AI Events: If you want to continue to engage with the BootstrapLabs community, apply to be an AI Insider here. These events are invitation-only, but we extend invitations to new qualified AI experts.
  • BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference: We are working to make the conference sessions, interviews, and other content available on our Youtube Channel soon, and we’ll notify you as soon as they are posted. In the meantime check out this highlight article about AAI18 on Fortune Magazine.

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A special thanks goes out to our incredible team, community partners, speakers, and sponsors who contributed to make our conference run smoothly and enjoyable for everyone. Stay tuned for the next Applied AI Conference and other BootstrapLabs events.

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Artificial Intelligence and the 4th Industrial Revolution Webinar

BooststrapWebinar600x100We’re excited to partner with AI World and AI Trends to bring the free “Artificial Intelligence and the 4th Industrial Revolution” webinar this Friday, March 16th (1:00pm ET).

Today we stand in front of the 4th and largest wave of the industrial revolution, powered by artificial intelligence and data.  The deep Learning model has taken the tech industry by storm. These models require huge amounts of computing power and the latest developments and applied AI systems are pushing the limits of what current chips can support.  Join us for an executive armchair discussion with BootstrapLabs’ Co-Founder, Ben Levy, one of the most active investor in Applied AI software technologies to learn how software and hardware infrastructures will evolve to support the acceleration and adaption of Deep Learning Models in every industry.

 

About Ben Levy

Ben Levy is Co-Founder and Partner, Bootstrap Labs. He is a Husband & Father, AI eats Software believer, Tech Investor, Startup Builder, Biz Dev, Funding, M&A Expert, Windsurfer and Snowboarder. In his previous life he was a Technology, Media, and Telecom Investment Banker who advised startup founders and CxOs of Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy, financing, and M&A. Ben has helped clients raise over $300M from institutional investors and close over $5B in M&A transactions.

 

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Early bird tickets for the Applied AI Conference have sold out. Don’t miss the chance to connect with the World’s leaders in AI!

BootstrapLabs at Mobile World Congress

Barcelona, Spain – March 5, 2018 – BootstrapLabs Co-Founder, Benjamin Levy, and Principal, Luigi Congedo had a busy week leading a few sessions at the Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, sharing AI’s latest implications for the business world.

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Ben was a part of the Artificial Intelligence: Operator Use Cases and AI Everywhere: Innovation & Investment sessions. He discussed the rapid evolution of AI technology and how mobile operators and other providers are starting to leverage AI applications. Ben also provided context regarding the challenges mobile other industries run into when using Artificial Intelligence to change business processes and value.

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Luigi was part of a panel discussion and led a workshop: Applied AI Investment Framework and Applied AI Changes Everything. He shared how Artificial Intelligence is transforming industries such as: Agriculture, Transportation, Manufacturing, Healthcare and many more. He also highlighted the latest investment trends in Artificial Intelligence and guidelines for those interested in leveraging AI’s transformative power.

 

 

Mobile World Congress is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world. It is organized by the GSMA and held in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona.

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Applied AI Conference 2018 Speaker Lineup

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We’re excited to announce some of the speakers that will be joining us at the Applied AI Conference this year:

  • Kay Firth-Butterfield – Head of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum
  • Madhav Thattai – COO, Rigetti Computing
  • Richard Socher – Chief Scientist, Salesforce
  • Sangeeta Chakraborty – Chief Customer Officer, Ayasdi
  • Alex Holub – Founder, Vidora
  • Zachary Hanif – Director – Center for Machine Learning, Capital One
  • Carolina Garcia Rizo – Chief Business Officer, Just Biotherapeutics
  • Nadeem Sheikh – VP Self Driving Programs, Lyft
  • George Mathew – Chief Executive Officer, Kespry
  • John Absmeier – VP – Smart Machines, Samsung
  • Robbie Allen – Chief Executive Officer, Infinia ML
  • Matt Swanson – Chief Executive Officer, Augment

 

 

Don’t let your organization get left behind and spend the day learning about Artificial Intelligence’s latest real-world impact and gather the latest cutting-edge insights from the pioneers in the industry.

 

What people say about the Applied AI Conference:

“I wanted to compliment you on your event last week – really outstanding, top to bottom.”

Bryan Barber, VP. at Warner Bros. Studios

“Congrats on a great event. It takes a lot of work to make things look that smooth and easy. You guys put on a good show, and made possible a lot of connections in the community.”

Matt King, CTO at IUNU

“My hearty congratulations on the Applied AI conference last week. It was truly a tour de force of AI. I learned a lot and made many great new connections. Well done, yet again!”

Anonymous, US Government Official

 

Stay tuned for the final agenda and speaker line-up announcement soon!

 

Our early bird tickets expire March 4th. Register now and save $840.