Applied AI Conference 2018 – Thank You


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.


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.


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.



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.



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.


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.


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


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.

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Announcing the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series: AI and Healthcare

BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders HealthTech

BootstrapLabs is thrilled to announce the Applied AI Insiders Series: AI and Healthcare.

Event Summary:

  • Date and Time: Thur, March 8, 2018| 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Location: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 1 Market St # 33, 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: AI and Healthcare: Impacting the Continuum of Care

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.

This BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series event will focus on how AI is impacting the continuum of care, from prescriptive to predictive, to faster, better, decentralized diagnosis, to pre- and post-operation assistance, and personalized treatment.

CxOs across health organizations, as well as doctors and researchers, are starting to grasp the urgency with which they need to test, adopt, and scale AI technologies across their hospitals, practices, and offices. If the ongoing digital transformation is any indicator, these healthcare providers will struggle to adopt this new wave of artificial intelligence technologies. Today AI is very promising, but many solutions will not become tangible or simply not be resilient enough to survive in the real world.

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 Healthcare. Read more.


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.

Wael Salloum, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer,

Wael has an MS in Management Information Systems, a BS in Software Engineering, and an AS in Computer Engineering, all from University of Damascus in Syria. At Columbia University, he received an MS and an MPhil in Natural Language Processing, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science (Computational Linguistics).

Paula Wilbourne, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Chief Officer for Mental Health and Wellness, Sibly

Dr. Wilbourne is a psychologist, co-founder and the Chief Officer for Mental Health and Wellness at Sibly, the most effective and affordable mental heal professional in everyone’s pocket, 24/7. She has worked for 20 years conducting research and implementing tools to improve mental health and wellness. She was the Director of Addiction Treatment Services at the flagship VA in Palo Alto.

Thank You To Our Host and Partner


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Applied AI Digest 2017

Applied Artificial Intelligence Digest 2017 Review

Applied AI Digest 2017

After decades of investing, building, and scaling software companies, BootstrapLabs realized in late 2015 that the world was about to enter a renaissance era for Artificial Intelligence, powered by an explosion of data, plummeting storage costs, increasing connectivity speed, and affordable processing power growing exponentially.

BootstrapLabs has since become one of the most active and respected early stage venture capital firms in Applied Artificial Intelligence, and its community of executives, founders, researchers and investors has grown to over 40,000. Our weekly Applied AI Digest newsletter is read by over 4,000 members, and approximately 2,000 attendees joined our annual Applied AI conferences, quarterly Applied AI Insiders Series, and workshops in the last two years.

Artificial intelligence could add as much as $15.7 trillion – about the combined output of China and India – to the global economy by 2030 but the road ahead will not be without major hurdles. In 2017, VCs invested $10.8 Billion in AI & Machine Learning companies globally and the sector saw over 200 M&A deals in the last 5 years. This is just the tip of the iceberg as most Fortune 1000 corporations will be playing catch-up for many years to come.

Entire industries will be transformed by the power of Artificial Intelligence and tomorrow’s winner are being created today.

We wish you a fantastic start to 2018. To inspire you, we thought we would share our 2nd Annual Applied AI Digest Review Presentation – a recap of all the major AI news and trends of 2017.

Applied Artificial Intelligence Digest 2017 Review

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BootstrapLabs and Position A are Partnering to Solve the World’s Hardest Technology Challenges in AI and Cyber

BootstrapLabs and Position A Partners jointly released the following this morning:

BootstrapLabs, a leading early-stage venture capital firm focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence, and Position A Partners, a specialized investment, product innovation and corporate development firm, are partnering to offer founders a life-cycle approach to successfully build and scale companies that solve the hardest Artificial Intelligence and Cyber technology challenges in areas such as autonomous vehicles, identity management, data and transaction integrity, critical infrastructure, robotics, healthcare and government.

The world is fast becoming digital, powered by software, data, infrastructure, and increasingly, artificial intelligence. Six years ago, oil firms accounted for six of the top 10 most valuable companies worldwide. Today, only one oil firm remains in the top 10, and six technology companies (Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Alibaba) represent 70 percent of their total market capitalization. This represents the biggest sector shift in modern history, creating major opportunities for new market entrants, but also creating major threats to the core pillars of modern society.

“Cyber, in particular, poses a massive challenge to the very fabric of our society, and few firms are as well positioned as BootstrapLabs and Position A to uncover emerging innovation in cyber, artificial intelligence and next-generation computing that will address this trillion-dollar opportunity,” said Dr. Tom Campbell, special advisor to BootstrapLabs, founder of FutureGrasp  LLC and former National Intelligence Officer for Technology at the National Intelligence Council, ODNI.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures cybercrime damages are expected to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion in 2015, and corporations’ budgets for cyber alone are expected to grow to $1 trillion by that same date. Ransomware attacks have been spreading like an epidemic since 2016, and 2017 already recorded $5 billion worth of damages, touching even the most sophisticated and technologically advanced corporations, institutions and nation states.

“Software systems and the infrastructure on which they run are getting increasingly complex, and interconnected. With the recent advances in artificial intelligence, these systems are exponentially more challenging to build, manage and secure. It takes deep domain knowledge, expertise, ingenuity, passion and vision to solve these complex problems and I could not think of a better partner than BootstrapLabs to do this with,” said Herb Kelsey, partner at Position A Partners and former chief architect for a U.S. DoD mission support agency.

Together, the firms combine access to value-add capital and a joint community of some of the world’s best AI and Cyber experts in computer vision, NLP, NLU, DL, mapping, robotics, cybersecurity and blockchain. Founders will be able to accelerate their product-market fit discovery, vet and hire top talent faster, close scalable revenue opportunities sooner and strategically plan exits to some of the group’s close strategic partners or to the public markets.

“There is no need for founders to re-invent the wheel with each venture; a certain product and technology may be unique, but the way to build and scale a company to success isn’t. Together our firms bring a unique combination of proven execution methodologies, skills, deep industry knowledge and resources so that founders can take their venture from early disruptor to market leaders in a fraction of the time, dilution and risks it usually takes,” said Darr Aley, founder and managing partner of Position A Partners.

“After spending decades building, investing and scaling technology companies, I know firsthand how critically important it is for founders to pick the right partners, which is why I founded BootstrapLabs. We have known Position A Partners for years, and as fellow operators and founders, we have the deepest respect for the work they do, and I am very excited to bring together our respective strengths to address some of the greatest opportunities of our time,” said Nicolai Wadstrom, founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs.

About BootstrapLabs

BootstrapLabs is a leading Venture Capital firm based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence. It actively invests in passionate entrepreneurs building disruptive early-stage technology startups that use AI/ML technologies to solve hard, global problems in sectors such as Transportation, Logistics, Financial Services, Future of Work, Cyber and Healthcare. Select Applied AI portfolio companies include AEye, Pinn Technologies, Vidora,,, Sibly,, Mendel Health, SmartEar, and many others.

Over the years, BootstrapLabs has cultivated a world-class community of 38,000 AI experts, founders, executives, developers and investors to fuel its high-quality deal-flow, provide access to top-tier talent and secure early customers for its portfolio companies. Over 2,000 professionals have attended its Annual Applied AI Conferences, quarterly Insiders Series and monthly workshops. The group also publishes a very popular Applied AI Digest newsletter that is read by more than 4,000 people each week.

About Position A Partners

Position A is a specialized investment, product innovation and corporate development firm working with disruptive technology companies in AI, IoT, Robotics, Autonomous and Electric vehicles, Transportation (all forms), Global Supply Chain and Cyber. The firm works with some of the most important engineers, scientists and business talent of our generation to solve the world’s hardest technology problems that are impacting its network of Private Equity, Family Offices, University Labs, Venture Groups and Nation States partners.

As a catalyst for innovation development and technology adoption, Position A leverages its direct access to critical infrastructure, deep knowledge of the regulatory environment, as well as expertise in forming public/private partnerships to accelerate global product adoption, revenue creation and exits for its clients.

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BootstrapLabs welcomes Dr. Thomas A. Campbell as Special Advisor

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas A. Campbell, a recognized analyst and researcher in emerging and disruptive technologies, has joined BootstrapLabs as a Special Advisor.

“I have known Tom for a few years and I am very excited to have him join BootstrapLabs as a special advisor. His deep domain knowledge and expertise is an invaluable resource to our core mission to address some of the hardest technology challenges and opportunities facing our society for years to come.”  Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs.

Tom is the Founder & President of FutureGrasp, LLC, which advises organizations on trends and implications of emerging technologies. Before that he was the first National Intelligence Officer for Technology (NIO-TECH) with the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Tom established and managed liaison relationships with academia, industry, and others to ensure a comprehensive understanding of technology and its intersection with global military, security, economic, financial and energy issues.

Prior to his government service, Tom was Research Associate Professor and Associate Director for Outreach with the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech for over six years. He led corporate outreach and facilitated large, multi-principal investigator (PI) program and proposal developments in interdisciplinary areas.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Announcing the Applied AI Conference 2018


BootstrapLabs is excited to announce the third annual Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco on April 12, 2018.

After the incredible success of 2017’s Applied AI Conference, we’re excited to share this day with over 800 AI professionals.

Watch the video summary of the Applied AI Conference 2017:

The one day conference brings together the brightest and most experienced professionals in the field of AI for an immersive day of learning, discussion, and connections.

This year we will have extraordinary sessions highlighting the practical applications and current business opportunities for Artificial Intelligence technologies across industries including Cybersecurity, Transportation and Logistics, Future of Work, Financial Technologies (FinTech), Healthcare, and more.

During the conference our expert speakers will showcase all of the concrete ways decision makers across the research, investment, corporate, and startup worlds can prepare, organize, and tap into AI’s transformative power.

The 2018 attendees will walk away with insights into the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence, including emerging technologies that are going to deeply change how we will leverage Artificial Intelligence applications.


Check out the sessions from some of our world-class speakers in 2017:

  • Amir Khosrowshahi, CTO AI Products Group, Intel
  • Lanny Cohen, Group Chief Technology Officer, Capgemini
  • Jack Clark, Strategy & Communications Director, OpenAI
  • Richard Socher, Chief Scientist, Salesforce
  • Mårten Mickos, CEO, HackerOne
  • Hema Raghavan, Head of Growth Relevance, LinkedIn
  • Danny Lange, VP of AI and Machine Learning, Unity Technologies
  • Nicolai Wadstrom, CEO and Founder, BootstrapLabs


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


An attendees list from the Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2017 is available at this link.

The 2018 schedule and speaker list will be announced shortly. You can follow the latest information here.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our very limited super early bird tickets right now (save $1000) and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested in speaking or sponsoring AAI18 at

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BootstrapLabs at Accelerate AI

San Francisco, November 2, 2017 – BootstrapLabs Co-Founder, Benjamin Levy, led the “Applied AI: Investment Framework” session at the Accelerate AI last week in San Francisco, sharing AI’s latest implications for the business world.

Ben discussed the rapid evolution of AI technology and its impending impact on a wide range of business sectors. Ben provided some as to why AI is growing so quickly now, and what are some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. His presentation highlighted some of the most current investment trends, data projections, and other industry guideposts to help the audience make the most of AI’s transformative power.


Accelerate AI, co-located with ODSC West 2017, brings together the top industry executives, managers and CxOs to help you understand how AI and data science can transform your business including: Healthcare, Insurance, Retail, Government, Education, Bio/Pharma, Media & Marketing, Transportation, Finance, Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities, E-commerce, and more.


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