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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Ben is the Co-Founder of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence.

BootstrapLabs Keynote at the AI Summit San Francisco

San Francisco, September 28, 2017 – BootstrapLabs Co-Founder, Benjamin Levy, led a keynote session at the AI Summit last week in San Francisco, exploring AI’s latest implications for the business world and our society as a whole.

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Ben discussed the rapid evolution of AI technology and its impending impact on a wide range of business sectors, including finance, healthcare, education, agriculture, and more. His presentation highlighted the most current investment trends, data projections, and other industry guideposts to help light the way forward for those hoping to make the most of AI’s transformative power.

 

 

The AI Summit brings together 2,000+ of the most senior business CxOs, AI visionaries, AI start-up innovators, press/media, and acclaimed researchers in the world. Ben spoke alongside executives from companies such as Google, Microsoft, Unity, Mercedes-Benz, IBM Watson, Netflix, Amazon Web Services, Facebook, Nvidia, and many other leaders in the space.

 

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BootstrapLabs Presents at Lionbridge Global Innovation Symposium

San Jose, CA, September 21, 2017 – BootstrapLabs co-founder Ben Levy was one of five featured keynote speakers at the Lionbridge Global Innovation Symposium in September.

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Ben’s presentation was part of a series at the event focusing on “The Impact of AI on Global Customer Experience.” Ben spoke alongside speakers including Falon Fetami, CEO of Node, Peter Isaacson, CMO of Demandbase, and Katell Jantreau, Globalization Manager at Netflix.

The Symposium focused on connecting more effectively with customers using AI and deep learning, from product development to delivering personalized content and streamlining marketing reporting. You can find more information about the event here.

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DEAR CEOs ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS YOUR BIGGEST THREAT AND YOUR BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY

Dear CEOs: Artificial Intelligence is your biggest threat, and your biggest opportunity

It is no secret that artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to take the world by storm. But what exactly does that mean if you are a business leader? It means you need a strategy, and you need to act fast.

Just ask Mark Fields, the former CEO of Ford who was replaced back in May by Jim Hackett, head of their future focused Ford Smart Mobility division. Though it will take time for any company’s internal AI capability to grow, the time to get started is now – and waiting might end up costing you at lot more.

What is Your Game Plan?

Beyond the dwindling profits motive for Ford, we are talking about entire industries and their supply chains being transformed at unprecedented speed. Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods suggests that even successful, profitable companies, in what most would consider a non-tech sector,  are not immune to changing times and technology disruption.

We have already seen early AI adopters like Facebook, Google, Uber, Microsoft and IBM establish new standards for data analysis and customer experience, and those standards will continue to sharpen as more companies take advantage of this technology. With $1.7 billion invested in AI startups in Q1 2017 alone, and the exponential efficiencies created by this sort of technology, this evolution will happen quicker than many business leaders are prepared for.

If you aren’t sure where to start, don’t worry – you’re not alone. The good news is that you still have options:

  1. You can acquire, or invest in, an innovative technology company applying AI/ML in your market, and gain access to new product and AI/ML talent.
  2. You can seek to invest as a limited partner in a few early stage AI focused VC firms like BootstrapLabs, gaining immediate access and exposure to vetted early stage innovation, a community of experts and market trends.
  3. You can set out to build an AI-focused division to optimize your internal processes using AI, and map out how AI can be integrated into your future products. But recruiting in the space is painful and you will need a strong vision and sense of purpose to attract and retain the best.
  4. You can use outside development-for-hire shops like new entrant Element.ai, who raised over $100M last June,  or more traditional consulting firms like Accenture, Capgemini, and others to fill the gaps or get the ball rolling.

What’s more, these options are by no means mutually exclusive. On the contrary, as an executive leader in the digital era, you need to adopt a lean and iterative philosophy around execution: build/partner/buy, measure, learn, and double down on what’s working for your company.

The best companies in the world are already doing this, and many more are preparing to do so soon. Are you?

Connect to the Community and Start Building

Since our second annual Applied AI Conference back in May, which gathered over 700 senior executives, we have been amazed at the level of enthusiasm surrounding the AI advancements and possibilities taking shape across all industries.

What was once but a body of research has given way to massive investment, adoption, and before long we will see large-scale market adaptation taking place well beyond the current use cases. The technology is there, ready for action, and an amazing community has formed around it, across many important industries.

Over the last several years, BootstrapLabs has lead the way in connecting this community. From the technologists and evangelists to the entrepreneurs and investors, we are much more knowledgeable and capable together than any one of us could be alone.

The same principle applies to your business. The talent war around AI is already raging, and as you build your strategy, you need a plan for attracting and retaining top personnel. This means that you have to do more than just “lip service” or “innovation theater” and execute in all aspect of your business to make AI part of your brand and core infrastructure. Your stakeholders will first ask for it, then quickly demand it.

Be Future-Ready

Okay, you’re sold on creating and executing your AI strategy – but how do you prepare for the unknown?

Not only must you focus on adapting for the near-term impact that AI will have on your market, but you must build out capabilities which will set you up for long-term success. This is where your leadership is so important.

Create and mobilize an ecosystem of human capital, venture capital, and technology that will help your organization sail through the seas of change. Empower your domain experts with a robust and agile business strategy, and the innovation will happen more organically.

The puzzle pieces are all there, it’s just up to you to start putting them together. You have much to gain. As Akli Adjaoute, President and CEO of AI company Brighterion suggests, we are talking about “10x ROI for enterprise: you could solve problems within a minute using this technology, instead of weeks.” This opens up space to solve bigger and better problems, increasing employee engagement and productivity and reducing the risk of inefficiencies eating away at your margins.

Don’t wait to be in Mark Fields’ position. Be remembered as the visionary leader that managed to plan, take action, and come out ahead of this challenging innovation curve. Just reflect back on the move that Mark Zuckerberg made with Instagram in 2012. He chose to spend $1 billion (10% of Facebook’s valuation at the time) to buy a revenue-less, two year old mobile photo sharing company – and invested several million dollars since to keep supporting its growth.

He knew that mobile was transforming everything, and Facebook had to stay relevant. Seeing how far we’ve come since this move, you would take that bet any day of the week. Now let me ask you: How much of your market cap are you investing in your AI transformation today?

If the answer is not enough, not fast enough, then refer back to the above section on game plan and reach out to the community!

Corporate investment in artificial intelligence “is predicted to triple in 2017, becoming a $100 billion market by 2025,” writes Ray Wang of Harvard Business Review. He and his colleagues agree that “the question now is not about whether managers should investigate adopting AI, but about how fast they can do so.”

Don’t be mistaken, though – you can’t do it overnight. Developing your AI capability will take some serious effort, commitment, and consultation from multiple invested parties in the space before it can really take flight.

Never forget that innovation and entrepreneurship is a team sport, so ask yourself, who is on my team?


BENJAMIN LEVY

Ben is the Co-Founder of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence.

Some of BootstrapLabs’ portfolio companies include Prezi, AngelList, Zerply, Trusted Insight, AEye, Qurious.io, Roger.ai, Vidora, and Sibly.

Born in France and living in Silicon Valley for the past 18 years, Ben is a repeat entrepreneur who launched, built, and exited two startups in the financial technology space. Read more.