BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote and Fireside Chat – How AI Shapes the Future of Our Energy System

The energy systems of the future will be too complex to be managed by people and this is precisely where AI comes in.

In this Keynote and Fireside Chat, Thomas Birr, Stephen Comello, and Nicolai Wadstrom discuss the impact of Artificial Intelligence on energy systems by activating AI and powering the electrical grids of the future, AI will help to make energy safer, more reliable, and customer service oriented.

Speakers:

  • Thomas Birr, SVP Innovation & Business Transformation, innogy and CEO, innogy Innovation Hub
  • Stephen Comello, Director, Sustainable Energy Initiative, Stanford
  • Nicolai Wadstrom, Founder and CEO, BootstrapLabs

During this session, the speakers discussed the future of our energy system, how production and usage will evolve over time, and how we will leverage AI to manage, predict, and optimize energy.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • The energy systems of the future will be too complex to be managed by people and this is precisely where AI comes in.
  • By leveraging customer habit data with AI and algorithms, the grid will be able to optimize when/where/how to distribute energy.
  • The future of the grid lies in micro dimension, with multiple micro-grids and connected devices that will self-optimize and make economic decisions without human interaction.

About Thomas Birr:
Thomas is the SVP of Innovation & Business Transformation at innogy SE and CEO of the innogy Innovation Hub, a leading European utility whose mission is to create a future beyond the traditional energy business. He leads innogy’s Innovation Hub, which is now building and co-creating new digital and platform-powered business models in partnership with the world’s most promising start-ups. Thomas is a strong believer that AI will change every industry – including Energy.

About Stephen Comello:
Dr. Comello is the director of the Sustainable Energy Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business and a founding member of the Bits & Watts Initiative within Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. His work examines the organization of innovation and how technology and policy co-evolve to influence the economic attractiveness of advanced energy solutions.

About Nicolai Wadstrom:
Nicolai is the Founder and CEO of BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence. Throughout his career he has been very focused on product and technology development within Machine Learning, Big Data, Analytics, Internet, Mobile and Software/Cloud sectors. Prior to BootstrapLabs he was a multiple-time startup CEO and CTO. He has raised capital from Angels, Private Equity, Investment Banks and VC’s. Nicolai is a frequent guest speaker, mentor and judge at Universities and Conferences in the US and Europe.

About BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference: 

The BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference is a yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI. The annual event brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations. The community is comprised of founders and executives who are experts in the field of Applied Artificial Intelligence, veteran technologists leading the world’s most innovative organizations, and key partners in the AI ecosystem sharing deep-domain knowledge within specific verticals.

If you would like to attend the BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2019, tickets are now available!

BootstrapLabs Presents at US Navy’s HACKtheMACHINE

Seattle, Washington – September 22, 2018 – Ben Levy, Co-Founder of BootstrapLabs was recently invited to present on the state of Applied Artificial Intelligence at HACKtheMACHINE, which was hosted by the Naval Sea Systems Command.

During his keynote, Ben spoke about the State of AI Technology and Tools, where he highlighted why advances in Applied AI are happening now and the impending impacts, opportunities, and challenges that lie ahead for businesses and technologists.

 

 

Ben also shared insights about current investment trends, data projections, and industry milestones that will help carve a path for those hoping to leverage AI’s transformative power.

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The discussion on Applied AI, which was part of the Designers Executive schedule, also included presentations by Mr. Kumar Venkateswar, Product Team Lead at Amazon SageMaker and Mr. Andrew Kim, Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google AI.

HACKtheMACHINE is the US Navy’s premiere digital experience for building a community of practice in maritime security.

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Bootstraplabs To Speak at the innogy Unconference on October 4th

Nicolai Wadstrom, BootstrapLabs Founder and CEO, will be speaking at the innogy UnConference in Berlin on October 4, 2018. At the UnConference, innogy will bring together 350 business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and experts who will explore business opportunities that have the potential to shape the energy systems of the future.

Our partners at innogy believe that “the future sits at the convergence of people and technologies. In bringing together diverse groups in inspiring conversations we will generate new solutions that will allow us to disrupt the status quo and co-create the energy system of tomorrow and beyond.”  Together with Thomas Birr, Head of Innovation at innogy, Nicolai will discuss how Artificial Intelligence will impact the future of global energy systems.

Topics to be discussed at the conference and during Nicolai’s presentation will include:

  • SMART & CONNECTED: At what point will our living and working environments start to govern our lives?
  • DIGITAL DISRUPTION & ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Will the digital revolution and artificial intelligence make utilities redundant?
  • HUMAN-MACHINE INTERACTION: How will machines and systems augment human intelligence
  • CYBER SECURITY: Will tech advancements put energy systems at risk? How can AI technologies help reduce these risks.

More information about the conference can be found on the organizers’ website.

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Announcing The BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference (#AAI19)

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Bringing a Global Community of Experts Together at the Fourth Annual BootstrapLabs Artificial Intelligence Conference

Within the last four years, the BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference has grown to be one of the top Artificial Intelligence events in US. Mentioned by many publications including TechCrunch, Forbes, Fortune, and included by Business Insider as one of the top 20 AI conferences, the prestigious conference has brought together over 2,000 professionals, and is considered by many AI leaders the best forum to learn, network and discover the latest Applied AI technologies.

The one day conference will focus on the latest and future impact of AI applications across a breadth of sectors, including Transportation, Logistic, Healthcare, Energy, FinTech, Future of Work, IoT and Cybersecurity.

The conference will take place at Bespoke SF, and will feature keynotes from Artificial Intelligence leaders who will share practical wisdom and methodologies on how to take advantage of AI’s powerful potential. Past speakers include world class technology leaders like:

  • Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture
  • Steve Carlin, Chief Strategy Officer, SoftBank Robotics America,
  • Richard Socher, Chief Scientist, Salesforce
  • Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum
  • Karen Kerr, Executive Managing Director, GE Ventures
  • Sangeeta Chakraborty, Chief Customer Officer, Ayasdi

BootstrapLabs, has been one of the pioneers of investing in Applied AI and the firms believe in the positive impact of Applied AI technologies.

 

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Forbes 30 Under 30: Luigi Congedo

Luigi Congedo, BootstrapLabs, Venture Capital, Forbes, 30 under 30We are pleased to announce that Luigi Congedo, Principal at BootstrapLabs, has been included in Forbes 2018 list of 30 Under 30 for his contributions to Technology & Venture Capital. In the past four years at BootstrapLabs, Luigi has connected with thousands of start ups in both Silicon Valley, Italy and the world and has focused his work primarily on investments within the Applied Artificial Intelligence space.

At 29, Luigi has proven to be passionate and driven in a space lead by innovators who are changing the world. Luigi shares, “The last few years have been a wonderful experience for me. I have learned so much in Silicon Valley and hope that my work continues to reflect my commitment to excel here.”

 

 

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Panel – Industrial and Manufacturing AI Applications

Human assisted AI is changing industrial and manufacturing – what are the applications and use cases we should pay attention to?

In this panel conversation at BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference, Macario Namie discusses Industry 4.0 with leaders from GE, Kespry, Indus.ai and Foghorn Systems. Discover how AI and human assisted autonomy provide better utility in manufacturing and industrial work flows and why its important.  Learn about new processes in construction, insurance, mining, and off-shore oil drilling that leverage AI and have the potential to lower costs and increase revenue.

Moderator: Macario Namie, Head of IoT Strategy, Cisco

Speakers:

  • Karen Kerr, Executive Managing Director, GE Ventures
  • George Matthew, CEO, Kespry
  • Matt Man, Founder, Indus.ai
  • Ramya Ravichandar, Director Product Management, FogHorn Systems Inc

During this session, the panelists discussed AI in manufacturing and industrial applications, the need to combine domain expertise with algorithms, and getting actionable insights from your data in real time.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • For AI to deliver value in industrial applications you really need to have domain expertise and understand the particular workflows of the industry you’re serving.
  • Clients in the industrial space aren’t looking to replace the human component, they’re looking for human-assisted solutions that will augment people with AI.
  • You need to demonstrate how technology will translate into ROI. These companies have been burned in the past by following a technology fad, so you need to show how AI can have an operational impact today.

About Macario Namie:
Macario Namie joined Jasper in 2007 and – after Cisco’s acquisition of Jasper in 2016 – now leads IoT strategy efforts, including ecosystem development, for Cisco. Prior to this role, Macario spent 8 years leading marketing for Jasper, responsible for product marketing, corporate marketing, field marketing, and demand generation. Macario brings nearly 20 years in marketing Software-as-a-Service enterprise applications. Prior to Jasper, Macario led Worldwide Product Marketing at WebEx, where he was responsible for solution definition and execution of go-to-market plans for the entire WebEx product portfolio. Macario also held senior roles at ePeople and Lycos and holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

About Karen Kerr:
Karen Kerr leads a team focused on making investments and partnerships in the advanced manufacturing ecosystem. Karen comes to GE with two decades of experience in developing technology based businesses and venture investing. Previously she served as Senior Director of New Ventures and Alliances at the University of Southern California (USC) Stevens Center for Innovation. Before joining USC, Karen led business development at Intellectual Ventures, was Managing Director at ARCH Venture Partners, and founded Agile Equities LLC. Karen was named one of LA’s Top Innovators in 2012 by C Suite Quarterly, selected to C200 leading business women in 2004, and selected by Crain’s Chicago Business for its 40 under 40 list of leading business professionals in Chicago. Karen earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago and an AB in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College.

About George Matthew:
George Mathew is the CEO & Chairman of Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence platform
provider. At Kespry, he focuses on leading the company’s mission to transform how people and businesses capture, use and get value from worksite intelligence. Prior to Kespry, George held senior leadership positions at Alteryx, salesforce.com and SAP. He holds a BS in Neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar.

About: Matt Man
Matt Man is the founder of indus.ai, a video analytics and big data product for construction sites. In Matt’s previous life he founded a mobile application development firm GreenOwl Mobile which deployed 45+ smart city apps across 5 countries. He is an experienced SaaS founder who understands the enterprise B2B market. He holds a Masters in Engineering from Stanford, and BASc in Engineer Science from the University of Toronto. He started experimenting with AI during his undergraduate years, where he coded his first neural network to translate sign language.

About Ramya Ravichandar
Ramya heads Product Management at FogHorn. She is seasoned leader in emerging markets, with a track record of creating value. She brings a rare combination of technical expertise in real time analytics, machine learning, AI, and valuable experience in Industrial IOT. Ramya has a PhD in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

About BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference and Community: 

The BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018 is a yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI. The annual event brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations. The community is comprised of founders and executives who are experts in the field of applied artificial intelligence, veteran technologists leading the world’s most innovative organizations and key partners in the AI ecosphere sharing deep-domain knowledge within specific verticals.

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.

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Announcing the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series | Cybersecurity and AI: Risks and Opportunities

BootstrapLabs is excited to announce our next Applied AI Insiders Series event, Cybersecurity & AI: Risks and Opportunities

Event Summary

Date and Time: Tuesday September 18, 2018 | 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: The Google Launchpad Space, 543 Howard St., San Francisco, California 94105
Registration: This event is INVITE ONLY. If you did not receive an invitation you can request one below.

Event Description

Event Topic: Cybersecurity and AI – Risks and Opportunities

We stand in front of the 4th and largest wave of the industrial revolution, powered by AI 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 market projected to grow over 20 fold in the next 10 years to $3 Trillion annually, we believe Applied Artificial Intelligence represents one of the major wealth creation opportunities of this century.

US organizations will soon be spending over $100 billion per year in cybersecurity, a number that is expected to grow significantly given the massive adoption of cloud computing, the number of connected devices, and the increase in cybercrime activities. While cybersecurity startups have raised ~ $4.2 billion in VC funding, the need for data privacy and protection grows. As does the need for secure intelligent communication networks, fast reliable authentication, fail-safe and redundancy planning, and certified/established regulatory systems. The future of cybersecurity offers many risks, but also business opportunities enabled by applying artificial intelligence to protect people, operations, organizations, and nation states. Join us for an evening of multi-dimensional discussion related to the intersection of AI and Cybersecurity.

SPEAKER BIOS:

John Apostolopoulos, VP & CTO for Enterprise Networking Business CISCO 

John Apostolopoulos is VP/CTO of Cisco’s Enterprise Networking Business (Cisco’s largest business) where he drives the technology and architecture direction in strategic areas for the business.  This covers the broad Cisco portfolio including Intent-Based Networking (IBN), Internet of Things (IoT), wireless (ranging from Wi-Fi to emerging 5G), application-aware networking, multimedia networking, indoor-location-based services, connected car, machine learning and AI applied to the aforementioned areas, and deep learning for visual analytics.

Previously, John was Lab Director for the Mobile & Immersive Experience Lab at HP Labs.  The MIX Lab conducted research on novel mobile devices and sensing, mobile client/cloud multimedia computing, immersive environments, video & audio signal processing, computer vision & graphics, multimedia networking, glasses-free 3D, next-generation plastic displays, wireless, and user experience design.

Erin Kenneally, Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security

Erin Kenneally is currently serving out her role as Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division for the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate. Her portfolio comprises cybersecurity research infrastructure, privacy, cyber risk economics, and technology ethics. She manages the IMPACT (Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk and Trust), CYRIE (Cyber Risk Economics), and Data Privacy programs. Kenneally is Founder and CEO of Elchemy, Inc., and served as Technology-Law Specialist at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and the Center for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) and Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR) at the University of California, San Diego. Erin is a licensed Attorney specializing in information technology law, including privacy technology, data protection, artificial intelligence ethics and legal risk, trusted information sharing, technology policy, cybercrime, data ethics, and emergent IT legal risks. She holds Juris Doctorate and Masters of Forensic Sciences degrees and is a graduate of Syracuse University and The George Washington University.

Chris Calvert, Co-Founder & VP Product Strategy at Respond Software

Chris has over 30 years’ experience in information security. He led the build for eight Fortune-50 SOCs and created the blueprint deployed by the ArcSight solutions team at over 45 security operations centers. He has served as HP’s WW Director of Solutions Innovation, CEO of Laconic Security, Director of Services for Cybertrust, and Manager of Security Intelligence and Operations for IBM’s MSS. Chris also spent 14 years in the National Defense and Intelligence community in the field of Information Operations and 10 years in the U.S. Army in Military Intelligence and Special Forces. Today, Chris is Co-Founder and VP of Product Strategy at Respond Software, inventors of the exclusive Self-Driving SOC.

 

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BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote and Fireside Chat – Autonomous Vehicles for Fleet-Based, On-Demand Mobility

The goal of autonomous mobility is to impact communities by creating safer and less congested cities but there technological limitations business must overcome before this future becomes reality. Learn how some of the industry’s leading minds prioritize infrastructure, public safety, compute and AI.

At BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence 2018 Conference, Evangelos Simoudis, Founder and Managing Director of Synapse Partners, explores the future of mobility with industry leaders John Absmeier, Head of Autonomous Mobility from Samsung and Nadeem Sheikh, VP of Self Driving Programs from Lyft.

Speakers:

  • Evangelos Simoudis, Founder and Managing Director, Synapse Partners
  • John Absmeier, Head of Autonomous Mobility, Samsung
  • Nadeem Sheikh, VP of Self Driving Programs, Lyft

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

During this session, the speakers discussed the impact of autonomous driving long term, the steps required to make autonomous driving successful and all the challenges we’re still facing to adopt this technology

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • The biggest impact autonomous driving will have long term isn’t in business, but safety.
  • Processes, standards, education and better computation power are all necessary to make autonomous driving a reality.
  • Sensors capabilities with higher resolution and speed of data are some of the challenges we need to address; humans still have a better response time in some autonomous driving scenarios because of this.

About Evangelos Simoudis:
Evangelos is the co-founder and managing director of Synapse Partners, a firm that invests in early-stage companies developing applications that combine AI with Big Data. He is an author, a member of numerous advisory boards, and has more than 20 years experience working in various high-tech industries. Evangelos earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Caltech.

About John Absmeier:
John Absmeier is the SVP of the Autonomous/ADAS strategic business unit and VP of Smart Machines for HARMAN and Samsung. Absmeier is a self-proclaimed geek, gearhead and jarhead with 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry. He founded Delphi Labs @ Silicon Valley and led the team to develop Delphi’s autonomous vehicle platform. Absmeier has a BSME from Purdue University, MSME from UC Berkeley, and executive MBAs from UC Berkeley,, University of Michigan, and Thunderbird.

About Nadeem Sheikh:
Nadeem is the VP of Self-Driving Vehicle Programs at Lyft, where he is responsible for Lyft’s roadmap for scaling self-driving technology. Prior to Lyft, Nadeem was part of the executive team at Opower, an energy-focused software company which went public in 2014. Nadeem was a consultant at McKinsey, where he worked in the Automotive sector and helped found the Sustainability Practice. He earned his MBA from UC Berkeley and his BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

About BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference and Community: 

The BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018 is a yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI. The annual event brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations. The community is comprised of founders and executives who are experts in the field of applied artificial intelligence, veteran technologists leading the world’s most innovative organizations and key partners in the AI ecosphere sharing deep-domain knowledge within specific verticals.

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.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Opening Keynote – Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI

Paul Daugherty shares his vision of reimagining the Future of Work while on stage at BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference.

Paul Daugherty is the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer at Accenture and leads the company’s Technology Innovation & Ecosystem group. In addition to overseeing Accenture’s technology strategy, Mr. Daugherty is responsible for driving innovation through R&D activities within Accenture Labs. While he manages Accenture’s alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships he works to leverage emerging technologies and bring the newest innovation to his clients globally.

Speaker: Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture

During this session, Paul Daugherty discusses the Future of Work (FofW), AI as the alpha trend in technology, the distribution of labor between humans and machines and how to prepare people and businesses for the impact of artificial intelligence.

Key takeaways from this session are:

  • AI is the Alpha Trend in technology because it fundamentally influences the way other technology trends develop.
  • AI is poised to be the biggest thing that impacts our lifetime.
  • Executives need to fundamentally approach their business differently to gain value from AI; this means creating processes that are dynamic, personalized, flexible and adaptive.
  • The future is will depend on a Human + Machine relationship. Giving people the right machine counterparts for working together to achieve higher levels of intelligence and increased collaborative intelligence.

If you’d like to learn more, please visit Accenture’s Website

About BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference and Community: 

The BootstrapLabs Applied AI Conference 2018 is a yearly conference organized by BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm focused on Applied AI. The annual event brings together over 800 members of the Artificial Intelligence community for a day of incredible speakers and exciting conversations. The community is comprised of founders and executives who are experts in the field of applied artificial intelligence, veteran technologists leading the world’s most innovative organizations and key partners in the AI ecosphere sharing deep-domain knowledge within specific verticals.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Closing Keynote – Where AI Is Today and Where it’s Going

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: Richard Socher, Chief Scientist, Salesforce

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

During this session, Richard Socher discussed the state of AI today across different industries including robotics and healthcare and where he sees the biggest potential for AI in the future.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • AI is impacting several industries and has provided incredible advancements (radiology, cancer treatment, etc) but there’s limitations. Fully autonomous movement in robotics and self-conscious AI are still far away.
  • In theory, with the right political structure, AI could be used to cover all basic necessities including food, housing and security.
  • It’s important to think about diversity in AI in terms of: the kinds of problems we’re working to solve, the kinds of people working on those, and the data sets the algorithms are trained on.

About Richard Socher:
Richard Socher is Chief Scientist at Salesforce where he leads the company’s AI research efforts. Prior to Salesforce, he was the CEO and founder of MetaMind, an AI startup acquired by Salesforce. Socher has received numerous awards and grants including the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the ICML, the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship, and the GigaOM Structure Award. Socher’s PhD from Stanford on deep learning with Chris Manning and Andrew Ng won the best Stanford CS PhD thesis award.