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Winn AI’s Eldad Postan-Koren on guiding sales teams in real-time to win more deals
Winn AI’s Eldad Postan-Koren on guiding sales teams in real-time to win more deals
We sat down with Eldad to talk about boosting sales teams' win rates with real-time AI guidance, approaching 200 sales leaders to build the product, and lessons from the Israeli Navy. Real-time guidance is the future of professional communications and Winn is an excellent case study on starting a vertical AI company. Eldad Postan-Koren is the CEO and founder of Winn AI. Winn offers a real-time AI assistant that helps sales teams win more deals with less hassle. The Winn.AI real-time assistant acts as an extra pair of hands during meetings, giving salespeople the freedom to focus their attention entirely on the customer. For account executives, this means a stronger, more authentic conversation with their prospects and less administrative hassle. For sales leaders, it means more passionate AEs, stronger brand voices, faster onboarding, and, most importantly - increased sales. Before starting Winn with his co-founder Bar Haleva, Eldad was the COO of DreaMed Diabetes, responsible for the company’s initial commercialization efforts, and worked at OurCrowd - a company enabling accredited investors to invest in startups. Eldad also founded two NGOs (Shavot and The Sky is the Limit) and is a proud veteran Naval Officer. In this episode, we talk about Winn’s approach to helping sales teams win more deals, and make salespeople happier. We also talked about how reaching out to 200 people for customer development before starting Winn helped Eldad in unforeseen ways, and what lessons from the Israel Navy he currently applies as a founder. Winn AI: https://winn.ai/ Eldad on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eldad-postan/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/winn_sales/ Jobs: https://www.linkedin.com/company/winnai/jobs/ Shavot: http://shavot.org Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
57:53
November 21, 2022
Naveen Rao on building the world’s first AI chip and bringing Machine Learning to every industry
Naveen Rao on building the world’s first AI chip and bringing Machine Learning to every industry
Our guest today is Naveen Rao, the CEO and founder of Mosaic ML. The MosaicML Cloud makes it easy to train models of any size on any number of GPUs, helping teams achieve more accurate results faster and seamlessly scale workloads with distributed training methods. Naveen previously built the first AI-chip company Nervana Systems, which was acquired by Intel in 2016. He then joined Intel and started and ran Intel’s AI division. What we discussed (with timestamps): 8.12 It really came down to, I want to find my purpose in life, in this world… - on returning to academia. 9.50 I came with a focus, I didn’t meander. - on completing a Ph.D. ahead of time while having one of the most amazing times of his life. 15:15 We started seeing hints that this was something much bigger than just a new toy. - on Neural Networks. 17.01 Entrepreneurs and founders are zealots. -  on the difference between the founders and professional managers. 19.50 He made this company an AI company by his sheer will… - on Nvidia’s Jenson. 24.01 I was like, man… that’s having your back - on venture investors. 24.47 It hurt, it felt like I got dumped by my girlfriend… as a young engineer, when this stuff happens to you, it leaves a mark - on living through the dot-com bubble. 28.03 We came in and it was like, we’re on pause. - on building at Intel. 33.23 Oh shoot, they’re going to kill us - on Nvidia’s reaction on Nervana's acquisition by Intel. 35.44 I think they tried to reach too far… and couldn’t hit it. - on Intel vs. TSMC. 42.00 The H100 - it uses 2x the power, has 2x the performance and it costs 2x the price. We’re not seeing More’s Law. - Why focus on efficiency at Mosaic? 56.52 - You get something that performs way better - on training a model on PubMed and testing against the Medical Licensing Exam. 1.02.13 - Do I want to be in the foxhole with this person? - on partnering with a co-founder. 1.04.00 - I’m not doing anything, just thinking about this problem… - on getting a term sheet from LUX. 1.09.07 - You have to be irrational! - on building a team 1.17.26 - Trying your best to not have to fire someone should be what you really looking for… - on hiring execs. 1.23.36 - There will be a thing, where you generate stuff for various industries… and it’s completely untouched! - on opportunities in AI today. 1.33.46 - Building synthetic intelligences capable of processing vast amounts of data is how we’re going to make future scientific breakthroughs. - on the future of AI. Links: Twitter: @NaveenGRao Twitter: @MosaicML Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mosaicml/ The lottery ticket hypothesis https://arxiv.org/abs/1912.05671 Opensource composer https://github.com/mosaicml/composer GPT-3 training https://www.mosaicml.com/blog/gpt-3-quality-for-500k MLPerf Image Classification https://www.mosaicml.com/blog/mlperf-2022 MLPerf NLP https://www.mosaicml.com/blog/mlperf-nlp-nov2022 A newsletter with the AI papers summaries https://dblalock.substack.com/ Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:36:27
November 14, 2022
Neural Concept’s Pierre Baqué on reimagining industrial design with generative AI
Neural Concept’s Pierre Baqué on reimagining industrial design with generative AI
Our guest today is Pierre Baqué, the CEO and founder of Neural Concept. Neural Concept uses Deep Learning to provide industrial companies with lightning-fast numerical simulations and radically innovative designs. Where traditional physical solvers would take days or weeks to evaluate a single design, their neural network-based predictive models allow engineers to test and optimize design ideas in real time. Pierre received an engineering degree in Applied Mathematics and a Master's degree in Operations Research from Ecole Polytechnique in France. Before co-founding Neural Concept he worked as an optimization and machine learning engineer at Credit-Suisse in London, and as a researcher at the Computer Vision Laboratory at EPFL. In this episode, we talk about the evolution of simulation techniques in industrial design, and how the design cycle can be completely transformed with AI-powered simulations and design generation. We also talk about the future of human-machine collaboration in design and how to break world records with AI. Website: https://www.neuralconcept.com/ Blog: https://www.neuralconcept.com/resources LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/neuralconcept/ Open positions: https://www.neuralconcept.com/careers Bike: https://www.neuralconcept.com/post/speed-bicycle-our-optimized-aero-bike-broke-two-world-records Boat: https://www.neuralconcept.com/post/on-the-quest-to-break-the-world-record-sp80-and-neural-concept-are-collaborating-to-optimize-ventilated-hydrofoils-profiles Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
44:03
November 07, 2022
One AI’s Amit Ben on enabling developers to unlock the power of NLP
One AI’s Amit Ben on enabling developers to unlock the power of NLP
Our guest today is Amit Ben, the CEO and founder of One AI. One AI is an API-first Language AI service built for developers. Their product-ready APIs, no-code Language Studio, and vertically pre-trained models allow every developer to deliver the power of NLP inside their applications in no time. Amit’s passion for language technologies started at age 5, coding on an XT machine. Since then he’s been on a mission to make human-level language AI accessible to all. Amit co-founded NanoRep, sold it to LogMeIn (LOGM), and then joined LogMeIn to lead its AI lab, developing the AI tech that powers products such as GoToMeeting and LastPass. When Francisco Partners acquired LogMeIn it was time to hit the entrepreneurial road again and continue to fulfill his mission to make Language AI integral and natural in everyday life, founding One AI. In this episode we talk about the evolution of Natural Language Processing, the impact of the transformers on the field, the challenges of building enterprise-ready AI systems, and the importance of understanding the limitations of modern AI when applying it in critical areas. Try out One AI Language Studio at Oneai.com Join One AI community - oneai.com/discord Follow One AI on Twitter -  twitter.com/OneAiLabs Join us as a guest on Forward https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:09:55
November 01, 2022
Jarvis ML's Rakesh Yadav on applying AI lessons from Google to boost revenues in ecommerce, hospitality, and beyond
Jarvis ML's Rakesh Yadav on applying AI lessons from Google to boost revenues in ecommerce, hospitality, and beyond
Our guest today is Rakesh Yadav, the CEO and founder of Jarvis ML. Jarvis ML’s mission is to be the most accessible and easy-to-use end-to-end machine learning platform. As a fully managed MLaaS solution, Jarvis ML enables companies to deploy a revenue-generating intelligence engine to their businesses and products within minutes. Before founding Jarvis Rakesh led Machine Learning Operations platform development for Google Ads and Payments. Jarvis is funded by Dell Technologies Capital, SHAKTI, and more than a dozen veteran Silicon Valley technologists and business leaders. In this episode we talk about boosting revenues at ecommerce and hospitality businesses, applying the lessons Rakesh learned at Google, building a horizontal platform vertical by vertical, and combining deep learning with other techniques to maximize business results. We also talk about the reasons why Jarvis' team is spread across the globe, and why finding time to paint is important to Rakesh. For hospitality or eCommerce companies looking to learn more about Jarvis ML, the products, and request information, visit  www.jarvisml.com For people looking to build and evangelize world-class technology as part of an amazing team, see open positions at www.jarvisml.com -> [Careers] Jarvis ML on Social media:  Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/jarvis-ml Twitter: https://twitter.com/jarvismlinc  Lessons learned: https://yadavrakesh.com/2021/08/01/lessons-learnt/ Data Commons: https://www.datacommons.org/ Join us as a guest on Forward: https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:15:12
October 27, 2022
Abzu’s Casper Wilstrup on bringing explainable AI to life sciences, pharma, and beyond
Abzu’s Casper Wilstrup on bringing explainable AI to life sciences, pharma, and beyond
Our guest today is Casper Wilstrup, the CEO and founder of Abzu. Abzu was born in 2018 in Barcelona and Copenhagen when seven co-founders set out to challenge the paradigm of traditional black-box AI. Today, Abzu has customers among the top 10 pharmaceutical companies, biotech enterprises, and academic institutions. Casper is an AI researcher with 25 years of experience building high-performance systems for data processing, analysis, and AI. At Abzu, Casper applies his passion for advanced data analysis and adaptive systems to achieve his dream of revolutionizing artificial intelligence. In this episode, we discuss Abzu's ability to address use cases generally considered unsuitable for modern AI - where data is scarce or causality must be established. We also talk about their work with life science and healthcare organizations, how to teach the machine System 1 and System 2 thinking, and Abzu's path to general artificial intelligence. Abzu: https://www.abzu.ai/ Casper’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/cwilstrup Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman: https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555 Galileo's error by Philip Goff:  https://www.amazon.com/Galileos-Error-Foundations-Science-Consciousness/dp/1524747963 Join us as a guest on Forward https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:22:56
October 24, 2022
Nuclia’s founders on bringing the new generation of enterprise search powered by AI
Nuclia’s founders on bringing the new generation of enterprise search powered by AI
Our guests today are co-founders of Nuclia. Eudald Camprubí, the CEO of the company and Ramon Navarro, the CTO. Nuclia is an easy-to-use API service to build AI-powered search engines capable of processing every type of data in multiple languages. Eudald and Ramon have been working together for more than a decade, and Nuclia is their third company. In this episode, we talk about the breakthroughs that happened over the last few years and enabled organizations to build much more powerful search engines - both for internal needs and commercial products. We also talk about how their approach to building a business changed over the years, and what excites and concerns them about the future of the large language models. Nuclia’s website (access to Beta): https://nuclia.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/nucliaAI Open positions: https://nuclia.com/careers/ Join us as a guest on Forward https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
51:22
October 18, 2022
Graft’s Adam Oliner on accelerating AI adoption by embracing the Modern AI paradigm
Graft’s Adam Oliner on accelerating AI adoption by embracing the Modern AI paradigm
Our guest today is Adam Oliner, the CEO and founder of Graft. Graft is a cloud-native platform that empowers organizations to leverage the most advanced AI techniques to unlock the value of text, images, video, audio, and graphs.  Before co-founding Graft, Adam was a Head of Machine Learning at Slack and Director of Engineering at Splunk. Before that Adam co-founded Kuro Labs, which commercialized battery analytics technology. He was a postdoctoral scholar in the EECS Department at UC Berkeley, working in the AMP Lab, which specialized in cloud computing and Big Data. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University and a Master of Engineering from MIT, where he also earned degrees in computer science and mathematics. In this episode, we talk about Modern AI and how Graft empowers organizations to build AI systems in a way it is done by the top technology companies, cutting the time to value from months to days or even minutes. We also talk about what to look for in your future co-founder, why failing is an essential part of entrepreneurship, and how generative AI will change the way we treat video content on the internet. Adam’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajoliner/ You can also reach Adam at: adam /at/ graft.com Graft website: https://graft.com/ Join us as a guest on Forward https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:14:26
October 12, 2022
HiddenLayer’s Chris Sestito on emerging threats to modern AI systems and how to address them.
HiddenLayer’s Chris Sestito on emerging threats to modern AI systems and how to address them.
Our guest today is Chris Sestito, the founder and CEO of HiddenLayer. HiddenLayer helps enterprises safeguard the machine learning models behind their most important products with a comprehensive security platform. Chris is a certified ethical hacker and worked in various senior roles in threats research and data science, before co-founding HiddenLayer with Tanner Burns and Jim Ballard. In this episode we talk about rapidly growing threats organizations face from attacks on their AI systems. We discuss different types of attacks, and how to address them. We also talk about how Chris became interested in cyber security, what kind of people he’s looking for when building his team, and how poker skills can be applied to fight bad actors in cyberspace. Chris’ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ctito/ HiddenLayer website: https://hiddenlayer.com HiddenLayer research: https://hiddenlayer.com/research/ HidenLayer Twitter: https://twitter.com/hiddenlayersec HiddenLayer Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/hiddenlayersec/posts/?feedView=all Gartner TriSM: https://blogs.gartner.com/avivah-litan/2021/09/02/ai-trust-risk-security-management-gartner-market-guide/ MITRE ATLAS™: https://atlas.mitre.org/ Join us as a guest on Forward https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:16:07
October 04, 2022
Cornerstone AI’s Mike Elashoff on using AI to produce high quality data in healthcare.
Cornerstone AI’s Mike Elashoff on using AI to produce high quality data in healthcare.
Our guest today is Mike Elashoff, the co-founder and CEO of Cornerstone AI. Cornerstone’s goal is to give everyone the data science superpower of clean data, without the manual work it takes to get there. They are focused on empowering the healthcare industry by using machine learning to convert raw data into analysis-ready data. The vast majority of healthcare data is either human-generated or human-entered and prone to errors. Incorrect data leads to mistaken insights and often adverse consequences. Cornerstone’s platform yields higher quality data than the manual approaches data science teams employ today, and it does so an order of magnitude faster, compressing months to days and days to hours or even seconds. Before founding Cornerstone with his co-founder Andrew Howland, Mike worked at several biotech companies, including CardioDx, where he developed the Corus CAD test, the first blood-based molecular diagnostic for coronary disease, and Medidata, which has the largest clinical trial database in the world. He previously founded a machine learning startup called Patient Profiles which was acquired by Medidata. Mike was also a reviewer and a team leader at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. He received an undergraduate degree in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the Harvard University School of Public Health. In this episode, we talk about the challenges healthcare organizations face managing their data, what new requirements to data are introduced by AI, how Cornerstone applies machine learning technologies to address these challenges, and what best practices organizations can implement to improve data management. We also talk about their work on COVID-19, why off-the-shelve ML models do not work for them, how to put together a great founding team, and why self-reliance can be treacherous. Cornerstone AI website https://cornerstone.ai/ Mike’s LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-elashoff-4096681/ Join us as a guest on Forward https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:09:14
October 04, 2022
Cogniteam’s Yehuda Elmaliah on building autonomous robots faster.
Cogniteam’s Yehuda Elmaliah on building autonomous robots faster.
Our guest today is Dr. Yehuda Elmaliah, the founder and CEO of CogniTeam. CogniTeam is based in Petach Tikva, Israel, and has been developing artificial intelligence technologies for robots for over ten years, working with world-leading companies on mapping, navigation, and autonomous decision-making. Over the years CogniTeam developed a unique set of Robotic AI software working with Intel, Amazon, Mitsubishi, Siemens, and other blue chip companies. They have recently packaged this set of technologies in Nimbus, bringing a unique cloud-based robotic artificial intelligence solution in one easy-to-use platform. Yehuda holds a Ph.D. in computer science specializing in multi-robot systems and is a leading expert on algorithms for robot autonomy. He spent seven years as a Dean of the computer science school at COMAS before starting CogniTeam with his co-founder Dr. Nachum Kaminka. In this episode, we talk about why it takes many years to get an autonomous robot to market, how to speed this process up, what Cogniteam learned about building robots from their work with Intel, Amazon, and DARPA, and what is the next big step for autonomous robotics as a field. We also talk about why having happy team members is important for Yehuda, and what makes him feel like a dolphin. Nimbus website: https://www.cognimbus.com/ Nimbus Demo and Trial: https://app.cognimbus.com/signup Yehuda’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yehuda-elmaliah-01037b12/ SayCan paper by Robotics at Google and Everyday Robots: https://arxiv.org/pdf/2204.01691.pdf Join us as a guest on Forward: https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
53:30
October 04, 2022
Quin AI’s Gonca Gulser on boosting e-commerce revenues with AI.
Quin AI’s Gonca Gulser on boosting e-commerce revenues with AI.
Our guest today is Gonca Gulsar, the co-founder of Quin AI. Quin is an Audience Engine that understands real customers, their needs and their intentions, Quin helps merchants to drive conversion and increase revenue. E-commerce is an industry rich with real-time data, but processing it efficiently remains a significant challenge. Quin leverages behavioral customer data to deliver targeted actionable insights and the strongest possible conversion to the merchants. Gonca studied Organizational research at the London School of Economics and worked as a data scientist at various organizations for 20 years before starting Quin with her sister Gulsha. While running Quinn, Gonca still finds time to work as a part-time instructor at Bogazici University. In this episode we talk about the challenges e-commerce merchants face when leveraging their data, and how applying machine learning models can boost their performance by tens of percent in weeks; what is hourly seasonality and why it is important; how COVID became the trigger to start Quin, and how 20 years of work experience instruct Gonca’s approach to designing the company’s culture. Quin AI: https://www.quinengine.com/ Gonca’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gonca-gulser-0786403 Contact Quin’s team at: https://www.quinengine.com/contact hello@quinengine.com Join us as a guest on Forward: https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
46:16
October 04, 2022
Sidekick’s Chris Ake on building an AI assistant.
Sidekick’s Chris Ake on building an AI assistant.
Our guest today is Chris Ake, the founder and CEO of Sidekick AI. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sidekick helps people manage their meetings by augmenting the process with AI. Schejuling a meeting can be a frustrating experience, and Sidekick aims to streamline this process with natural language processing. Chris is a serial entrepreneur and built several companies before starting Sidekick with his co-founders Jon Butler and Nathan Jean. In this episode we talk about the challenges of building an AI assistant, why it is critical to get to market early and iterate, what was the most challenging time for Chris on his entrepreneurial journey, and what makes a great team of co-founders. Sidekick AI: https://sidekickai.com Chris LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrisake/ Join us as a guest on Forward: https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
31:24
October 04, 2022
Elemeno’s Lucas Bonatto on empowering MLOps teams and operationalizing AI.
Elemeno’s Lucas Bonatto on empowering MLOps teams and operationalizing AI.
Our guest today is Lucas Bonatto Miguel, the founder and CEO of Elemeno AI. Elemeno provides an industry-leading ML-Ops platform that allows dэtэ science professionals to accelerate and automate their machine learning life cycles. Elemeno products and services are used by industry leaders, including Americanas, Shoptime, and Submarino. Lucas is a software engineer by training and has experience working in a wide range of industries, including finance, retail, and crypto. He built several companies before founding Elemeno in 2021. In this episode, we talk about the challenges organizations experience when building deep learning systems; how implementing effective MLOps leads to a step change in organizational abilities to deploy AI; the advantages of the modular approach and interoperability; and why open sourcing the code is a win-win for a vendor and a client. We also talk about Elemeno's quite distinct set of company values; how having a design client from day one affected the product's roadmap; what differentiates highly efficient teams; and what worries Lucas about the recent rapid progress of generative AI systems. Elemeno website: https://www.elemeno.ai/ Lucas’ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucasbonatto Newsletter: https://www.elemeno.ai/blog Join us as a guest on Forward: https://dawnglobalventures.com/forward-guest Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
47:23
October 04, 2022