Collection of COVID-19 resources for founders / entrepreneurs

BootstrapLabs has been in touch with our portfolio company CEOs on a nearly daily basis and are fully committed to supporting them in every way possible. Here is a collection of advice and resources we are sharing with them, and other founders and entrepreneurs. We will continue to update this blog post as we find useful information. (Last update: 2020 March 26, 11:00am PDT)

  1. Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020 – Sequoia
  2. World Health Organization – Coronavirus-2019
  3. COVID-19 Relief Resources for SMBs – Gusto
  4. Coronavirus Information and Resources for VCs and Startups – NVCA
  5. SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  6. A Coronavirus Update with Leading Health Experts and Business Leaders (3-20-20) – Goldman Sachs Podcast   – Slide Deck here
  7. What I’m hearing about venture right now – by Samir Kaji, VC/tech advisor, venture blogger, active angel investor, banker & friend of BootstrapLabs
  8. SBA Crisis loans may work for startups – plus alternative funding sources – Kruze Consulting
  9. COVID-19: Business Resiliency & Preparedness Center – TriNet
  10. STIMULUS PACKAGE: DISSECTING EXPECTED KEY PROVISIONS FOR FINANCIALS AND HOUSING – Cowen

BootstrapLabs portfolio company, Mendel, is codifying COVID-19

Mendel, a BootstrapLabs portfolio company, has announced that they have assembled a task force to address COVID-19 using applied artificial intelligence. Please see this announcement from Mendel Founder & CEO Karim Galil:

Hello, World!

Mendel has ramped up it’s working force and assembled a 50+ special task force of AI scientists, physicians, and clinical experts to address COVID-19 with clinical artificial intelligence—because it’s basically the one thing we know how to do to save lives.

The goal is to absorb the learnings in the literature and cross-reference with the EMR data of COVID-19 +ve patients to answer key questions and corroborate findings faster with greater accuracy than humans. We are using novel clinical AI models, which we’ve been quietly building the last 2 years, to:

1- Parse and analyze 30,000 scholarly articles related to CoV. Mendel AI is trained to understand the clinical context and make valid inferences. For example, a “transmission” query returns something like “no intrauterine infection reported”.

2- Deidentify and analyze medical records of COVID-19 patients. Mendel AI extracts temporal relations, or simply put: the sequence of clinical events, by parsing a patient MR without risking privacy. This approach should help predict the course of SARS- CoV, and the outcome of different drugs and treatment approaches.

The scientific and clinical community can use these powerful tools and leverage our AI technologies for free, in a few days, via a web application.

We are currently looking for partners to sustain this initiative and spread its impact. Please ping me if you think you can help or if you just need access.

Believe!

Karim Galil

BootstrapLabs is proud to be supporting Karim and his team with this important effort. If you can help, or need access to Mendel’s soon to be released web application we will be happy to provide an introduction. Please contact us at info@bootstraplabs.com.

Sibly Offers Complimentary Services for the COVID-19 crisis

In these unprecedented times of “Social Distancing” and “Isolation”, you, your family, and your coworkers, may feel under an increased amount of stress and confusion, or simply a bit overwhelmed.

One of BootstrapLabs’ portfolio companies, Sibly, has announced a great initiative to immediately assist others. Sibly will provide any US-based organization, their employees, and their family members, with a complimentary 3 months of service with their wellness coaching solution, including:

  • Someone to talk to, anytime, anywhere, anonymously, about anything. Sibly’s chat-based application has real people trained in empathic listening available 24/7, within minutes, to address everyone’s needs, questions, worries, concerns (e.g., health, financial, relationships, parenting, etc.)
  • Real-time navigation of the national COVID-19 resources, assisting each person individually in finding the resources that meet their needs.

This is an incredible resource for your organization’s employees, who will appreciate the support provided by their leadership.

Companies can learn more at https://lnkd.in/g8bF2aj and can enroll / sign-up at http://sibly.co/pledge.

Please let us know (info@bootstraplabs.com) if you have any questions or need a direct intro to the Sibly team.

Geopolitical Implications of Coronavirus: Preliminary Insights

BootstrapLabs Special Advisor and Founder & CEO of FutureGrasp, Tom Campbell, Ph.D. and his team have published an article titled “Geopolitical Implications of Coronavirus: Preliminary Insights” that we thought was important to share with our community.

Executive Summary

Coronavirus will have major global impacts throughout 2020, scrambling geopolitical calculations and trajectories in multiple and unanticipated ways. However, at this early stage some preliminary guideposts and indicators are coming into focus that will enable a better assessment of possible impacts and likely future considerations. Economic disruptions caused by the virus are already underway and likely to grow worse. Political impacts are likely to follow with key implications for international security and the outlook for continued globalization. Coronavirus could affect every country, but key countries will initially stand out in terms of impact and possible responses due to their global role or the degree to which their population is infected. Certain international issues such as trade, migration, conflict, surveillance and climate change will also face a disproportionate impact from the spread of the virus and consequential responses. FutureGrasp is dedicating significant resources for clients to provide further insights and key recommendations as the crisis continues to unfold.

You can read the full report HERE.

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote and Fireside Chat – SoftBank Robotics AI Vision 2020

Don’t miss this year’s Applied AI Conference 2019

on April 18th in San Francisco

Join thought leaders leveraging AI applications to build the future of enterprise, corporations, governments, and society as we know it.

For a limited time, get 50% off on registration using promo code AAI1950Percent

 

 

In the meantime, please enjoy some of our favorite sessions from 2018:

Speakers:

  • Steve Carlin, Chief Strategy Officer, SoftBank Robotics
  • Ben Levy, Co-Founder, BootstrapLabs
  • Doug Aley, Chief Revenue Officer, Ever AI

During this session, the speakers discussed AI in robotics, and where SoftBank sees the future going in the next few years, some of the key challenges in hospitality and how companies can partner with SoftBank and the 2020 Vision.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • Contextualizing data is going to be a key differentiator in AI technologies moving forward like conversational UX and deciphering customer intent.
  • Robotics has the capability to disrupt the key revenue-driving experience for over 20 trillion dollar industry.
  • Be hyper focused in the use cases your technology will be able to solve instead of covering a wide range.

About Steve Carlin:
Steve Carlin leads SoftBank Robotics America and is the global Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he acts as the General Manager for the Americas region and oversees global marketing, product and strategy. Carlin most recently came from Facebook where he held the role of Global Head of Strategy – Gaming. Prior to Facebook, Carlin was the Senior Director of Marketing and Insights for Ubisoft. He also held a series of roles in sales, shopper marketing, brand management, and strategy at Energizer and Procter & Gamble. He holds a BA in Geology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from Goizueta Business School. He has also studied at Cornell, HEC business school in Paris and the UIBE business school in Beijing.

About Ben Levy:
Ben is a Co-founder and Partner at BootstrapLabs, a leading Venture Capital firm based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence. Prior to BootstrapLabs, Ben was repeat entrepreneur who launched, built, and exited two startups in the financial technology space, Praedea Solution and InsideVenture. He also 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. Over a period of 10 years, Ben helped his clients raise over $300M from institutional investors and close over $5B in M&A transactions. Ben is a frequent keynote and panel speaker on innovation, technology investing, entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and globalization in the US, Europe, and Asia.

About Doug Aley:
Doug Aley has spent his career helping to found, lead, and scale startups. He is currently Ever AI’s CRO and a principal at Atomic Ventures. Prior to Ever AI, he held positions early in his career at Amazon, was VP of Marketing, Product, and Business development at Jott Networks, helped Zulily scale from $100M to $700M as VP of Product and Corporate Development, held the same role at Room77, and started and led Minted’s digital growth team. Mr. Aley holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and lives in Greenbrae, CA with his wife, Susan, and their two boys.

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BootstrapLabs AAI18 Panel – AI Policymakers: the Need for Public/Private Partnership

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.

Join the Applied AI Conference 2019, on April 18, in San Francisco

Join thought leaders leveraging AI applications to build the future of enterprise, corporations, governments, and society as we know it.

A limited number of tickets are currently on sale at the Early Bird price ($1040 off) ENDING MARCH 15TH!

 

Moderator: Jane Macfarlane, CEO, Seurat Labs / Director – Smart Cities, UC Berkeley

Speakers:

  • Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head  of AI and Machine Learning, World Economic Forum
  • Norma Krayem, Sr. Policy Advisor and Co-Chair – Cybersecurity and Privacy, Holland & Knight
  • Raj Minhas,VP – Interaction and Analytics Lab, PARC

During this session, the panelists discussed AI in the context of regulation, the role of government in fostering and leveraging emerging technologies and the reasons why we need better public/private collaboration.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • Fostering and creating explainable models is going to be crucial to get government support and foster collaboration in the AI space.
  • Standards, certification, protocols, partnerships and process or outcomes based scalable laws are some of the avenues we need to explore to “regulate” AI.
  • Open, honest conversations are necessary between technology companies and regulators, it’s important to educate them on how the technology works and the real risks with integrating to different systems.

About Jane Macfarlane:
Jane Macfarlane is the CEO of Seurat Labs and is also the Director of Smart Cities and Sustainable Mobility at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Macfarlane has over 30 years of experience in high performance computing, data analytics and geospatial mapping. She has held various roles responsible for directing industry research groups including: Chief Scientist and Head of Research for HERE, VP of Process Engineering at Imara, and Director of Advanced Technology Planning for OnStar at General Motors. She has authored 26 patents, primarily in geospatial data analytics. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Currently she is leading a DOE National Laboratory effort focused on the use of High Performance Computing to address Big Data Issues in transportation systems.

About Kay Firth-Butterfield:
Kay Firth-Butterfield is the Head of AI & ML at the World Economic Forum and is a Barrister-at-Law and former part-time Judge in the UK. She is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge and Fellow of the Robert E. Strauss Center on international Security and Law at the University of Texas. She is Vice-Chair of the IEEE Initiative on Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems. She is one of Robohub’s top 25 Women in Robotics and co-founded AI-Austin, AI-Global and the Consortium for Law and Policy of AI and Robotics.

About Norma Krayem:
Norma Krayem is a Senior Policy Advisor and Co-Chair of the Holland & Knight Global Cybersecurity and Privacy Team. She brings more than 20 years of experience within the global policy-making arena including executive-level positions in the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce and Transportation, and as a consultant at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She works on a daily basis with the White House, Executive Branch and Congress on a host of matters, including Homeland Security, Commerce, Defense, Treasury, Transportation among others. She is a member of The Chatham House and served on the prestigious CSIS Cybersecurity Task Force from 2015-2017.

About Raj Minhas:
Raj Minhas is Vice President and Director of the Interactions and Analytics Lab (IAL) at PARC. Research in IAL focuses on people and their behaviors. Raj joined PARC in September 2013 as the Program Manager for Prognostics and Health Management and was responsible for the strategy and execution for the commercialization of the related technologies. Prior to PARC, he was the Director of Xerox Research Center India where he led its growth, development, and outreach for two years. Raj earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Toronto and B.E. from Delhi University. He has eight patents and six pending patent applications.

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BootstrapLabs on Bloomberg News

In December 2018, our CEO and Founder, Nicolai Wadstrom, met with Danya Liu, Emerging Technology Analyst at Bloomberg NEF in San Francisco. He shared some details about the BootstrapLabs investment strategy, and his vision on how Artificial Intelligence will impact our world.

Each month Bloomberg features a strategic investor active in one of the key industries they track. Their profiles provide an outline of the main investors, portfolio companies, characteristics, and strategies involved in the company, as well as their own opinion on what makes their operation so interesting.

We are pleased to share with our community the first Bloomberg Tech Radar report of 2019,  featuring BootstrapLabs. You can access a copy of the report (courtesy of BloombergNEF) by clicking on this link or the image below, and entering your email address. 

(courtesy of BloombergNEF)

 

BootstrapLabs AAI18 Keynote and Fireside Chat – Death of Moore’s Law

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.

Speakers:

  • Tom Campbell, Founder & President, FutureGrasp, LLC
  • Madhav Thattai, Chief Operating Officer, Rigetti Computing
  • Sateesh Kumar, Founder, Pathtronic

During this session, the speakers discussed the future of computing in the age of AI, Neuromorphic and Quantum computing and edge use cases and applications.

Some of the key takeaways from the session are:

  • The death of Moore’s Law as originally define has given birth to a variety of them depending on the technology leveraged: neuromorphic, quantum, among others.
  • There’s a shift in the industry from bigger companies to focus on creating their own use-case-specific chip architecture.
  • We need to bring more power to edge computing to really provide AI solutions that work and leverage insights in real time.

About Tom Campbell:
Thomas A. Campbell, Ph.D.is the founder and president of FutureGrasp, which advises organizations on trends and impact of emerging technologies, and a special advisor to BootstrapLabs. Prior to this, Tom was the first National Intelligence Officer for Technology with the National Intelligence Council. Tom holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

About Madhav Thattai:
Madhav Thattai is the COO of Rigetti Computing, a full-stack quantum computing company based in Berkeley, California. Prior to joining Rigetti in 2015, Madhav worked at Dell Computing for eight years in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Product Operations. Madhav holds a Master’s degree in management from Stanford University, a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India.

About Sateesh Kumar:
Sateesh is the Founder and CEO of Pathtronic Inc, a silicon valley start-up company focused on building revolutionary AI Processing Unit. Sateesh is a visionary and seasoned entrepreneurial executive and innovator with broad technology background. He has been advisor to multiple corporations, start-ups, incubators, and universities in the area of AI, Autonomous Vehicles and Drones, and more. As a former innovation and incubation executive at Cisco, he pioneered and led various initiatives in the area of IOT, Automotive and Connected Vehicles, Industrial Switching and Automation, Smart Cities, Mobile and Wireless, Fog Computing, Big Data and Machine Learning and more. Prior to Cisco, he founded and led multiple Silicon Valley venture funded start-ups. He has published extensively in international journals including IEEE/ACM and holds dozens of granted patents.

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BootstrapLabs Joins innogy Innovation Hub at UnConference

Berlin, Germany – October 4, 2018 – Nicolai Wadstrom, BootstrapLabs Founder, CEO and Managing Partner, was recently invited by innogy Innovation Hub to participate in the fourth annual “UnConference” as a panelist to discuss digital disruption, Applied Artificial Intelligence, and the impact of technology on the Energy space.

Nicolai Wadstrom, UnConference, Berlin

During the Disruption Platform session moderated by Thomas Birr, SVP of Innovation & Business Transformation at innogy and CEO of innogy Innovation Hub, Nicolai and Tim Kock, Co-Founder at Jungle AI, weighed in on the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging technologies and their potential impact on the decentralized energy system of the future.

As leaders in the AI space, both Nicolai and Tim were asked to speak about why the unique combination of AI + Energy is so interesting, as well as subtechnologies that have the most potential to disrupt the traditional energy industry.

UnConference by innogy Innovation Hub provides a platform for innovators, startups, VCs, thought leaders, and experts to come together and jointly create the future of energy.

 

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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!