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 Artificial Intelligence Newsletter

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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.

Announcing the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Insiders Series: AI and Healthcare

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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.

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.

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

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.

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Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 #AAI18

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Announcing the Applied AI Conference 2018

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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 info@bootstraplabs.com.

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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BootstrapLabs Workshop: The Hard Things About Deploying and Scaling AI

There’s no question about it, Artificial Intelligence is booming, the market is expected to grow 20 fold in the next 10 years. What are some of the challenges companies face when building true enterprise grade AI systems? How will companies adopt this new wave of AI technologies? That’s what the experts and attendees we assembled on November 30th for the Applied AI Workshop discussed. Attendees included executives and C-level from Softbank, Forever 21, AT&T, World Bank Group, Capital One, Samsung, Booz Allen Hamilton, Syniverse and more.

A special thanks for supporting the Artificial Intelligence community to the host of the workshop Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

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Meet the BootstrapLabs Applied AI Workshop Speaker lineup:

Thomas Campbell, Founder & President, FutureGrasp, LLC

Thomas advises organizations on trends and implications of emerging technologies. As the first National Intelligence Officer for Technology, he served as the focal point for all activities related to emerging and disruptive civil technologies.

Jane McFarlane, Founder & CEO, Seurat Lab

Jane has over 30 years of experience in high performance computing, data analytics and geospatial mapping. She’s been responsible for directing industry research groups including: HERE (a leader in the geospatial mapping), Imara (a lithium ion battery company, and OnStar at General Motors (the first at-scale telematics solution).

Alex Holub, Co-founder & CEO, Vidora

Alex studied AI throughout his academic career at Cornell University and during his Ph.D at Caltech. He founded Vidora with Abhik Majumdar and Philip West in 2012, to put AI in the hands of everyone from marketers to data scientists to execs, providing them a simple platform to ask questions and use answers to automate and optimize their business.

 

One of the biggest challenges mentioned throughout the night was talent: attracting, retaining and growing the pipeline. The competition is fierce and startups and big companies alike have a hard time competing with the giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google.

It’s interesting to see that because of the talent gap, companies are heavily investing in code that can create code as Thomas Campbell mentioned and “when we get to that point when code creating the code is better than humans creating the code, that might start lifting AI to the next level”.

A big hurdle that Thomas Campbell sees in the near future is cybersecurity, a “tsunami of cybersecurity issues” to be exact.  Because cyberbots as opposed to humans will be “faster, more efficient, never resting, omnipresent” and they will be used both for offense and defense, so as he puts it: the future will be AI vs. AI.

 

Prof. Jane McFarlane at UC Berkeley, presented a different set of challenges that AI faces in terms of the data it requires. To power machine learning algorithms, you need tons of data. But, “when you’re in a giant bucket of data, how do you pick out the bad?”

She’s worked in the space for several years and the data used to feed the machine learning algorithms always comes with some bad nuggets you have to parse out. Because of the difficulty associated with weeding out bad data, Jane says autonomous transportation won’t happen in her lifetime, “I’m the Debbie Downer of autonomous transportation”.

Another interesting point that Jane brought up is how overvalued Big Data is, she says “there are some nuggets in Big Data that are valuable, but the rest of it is redundant and costs a lot of money to store.”

 

Alex Holub from Vidora presented another set of challenges that companies scaling up AI projects run into, how do you figure out which methods/techniques to use? With so many options, figuring out the best way to clean the data, which feature engineering and model to leverage is very challenging for teams with limited resources. That’s exactly what Vidora is solving with their product Cortex.

Cortex learns based on the raw data, which feature cleaning, feature engineering and model technique to use. You can think of it as putting probabilities on which is going to be more successful by looking at the raw data set, based on what has worked in past projects with similar input.

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The Artificial Intelligence industry is moving faster than ever before, but there are still big challenges such as: talent, cybersecurity and data veracity that we need to overcome to truly push the industry forward.