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Defined.ai’s Dr. Daniela Braga on building the world’s largest data marketplace, raising $80M+, working with IBM and Microsoft, and building an AI hub in Portugal
Defined.ai’s Dr. Daniela Braga on building the world’s largest data marketplace, raising $80M+, working with IBM and Microsoft, and building an AI hub in Portugal
Our guest today is Daniela Braga, the CEO and founder of Defined AI, the world’s leading online marketplace, where AI professionals can commission, buy, or sell AI training data, tools, or models. We sat down with Daniela to talk about building the largest data marketplace in the world, GDPR, China/US vs. the rest of the world, raising $80M+, partnering with IBM, working with IBM, Microsoft, and a “Cupertino-based company”, Working on the US Govt Taskforce to democratize AI, and building an AI hub in Portugal. 0:00 - Defined AI - the largest marketplace of data 09:25 - Is there a competitive advantage in data 12:20 - Leveraging marketplace strategy to double customer count, 6x revenue in a year 14:05 - Simulated vs synthetic vs live data 18:40 - How to crowdsource high-quality data 23:52 - The future of simulated data 28:03 - Challenges of using real data 32:35 - Powering IBM Watson, working with Microsoft and a “company based in Cupertino” 36:00 - From majoring in literature and linguistics to building AI systems and entrepreneurship 47:00 - Living in the US/Portugal/China 54:00 - What language is closest to math 55:30 - Working with the US Govt Taskforce to democratize AI 1:01:00 - Building an AI hub in Portugal Links: NAIRR: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/news-updates/2021/06/10/the-biden-administration-launches-the-national-artificial-intelligence-research-resource-task-force/ Portugal AI Hub - Accelerat.ai: https://portugal.postsen.com/news/159065/Daniela-Braga-will-have-345-million-euros-to-put-Portuguese-AI-on-the-world-map.html Main website: https://www.defined.ai/ Neevo platform: https://www.neevo.ai/ Daniela on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielabragaspeech/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dbraga51?lang=en Careers: https://www.defined.ai/careers/
01:10:50
January 30, 2023
Glean AI’s Ankur Patel on helping businesses manage costs with AI, culture at Bridgewater, running an AI-powered hedge fund, and offering spend analytics as an API
Glean AI’s Ankur Patel on helping businesses manage costs with AI, culture at Bridgewater, running an AI-powered hedge fund, and offering spend analytics as an API
We sat down with Glean AI’s Ankur Patel to discuss managing business costs with AI, running an AI-powered hedge fund, culture at Bridgewater, building the remote-first company, and the future generative AI.  Ankur is a co-founder and head of data at Glean AI. Glean uses natural language processing to deliver vendor spend intelligence within an accounts payable solution. Before founding Glean, Ankur was the vice president of data science at 7Park Data, a Vista Equity Partners portfolio company.  Ankur used alternative data to build data products for hedge funds and developed a natural language processing-based entity recognition, resolution, and linking platform for enterprise clients. Before 7Park Data, Ankur led data science efforts in New York City for Israeli artificial intelligence firm ThetaRay, a pioneer in applied unsupervised learning.  Ankur began his career as an analyst at J.P. Morgan and then became the lead emerging markets sovereign credit trader for Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest global macro hedge fund. He later founded and managed R-Squared Macro, a machine learning-based hedge fund.  Ankur is the author of Hands-on Unsupervised Learning Using Python and Applied Natural Language Processing in the Enterprise, both O’Reilly Media publications.  Glean is backed by Contour Venture Partners, Infinity Ventures, B Capital, Portage Ventures, Amex Ventures, and other prominent venture funds and fintech angels.  The audio version is available everywhere you listen to podcasts: https://anchor.fm/forward-by-dawn/  0:00 - Why start a career on Wall Street  03:55 - Key takeaways from Bridgewater's approach to culture  05:55 - How to build an AI-powered hedge fund  08:25 - Can a data edge be sustainable for a hedge fund  10:35 - Data-driven hedge fund horizon  13:30 - How should an individual investor think about the market and edge  17:10 - How Glean helps organizations manage expenses with peer intelligence  24:10 - Scaling spend analytics   29:00 - Offering Glean functionality as a set of APIs  36:00 - AI technologies powering Glean  40:35 - Solving the “cold start” problem with training data  43:30 - Raising a multi-million seed round pre-product and pre-revenue  48:00 - Managing the growth, fighting the pressure of growth-at-all-costs  52:20 - To build a strong culture focus on what motivates people  56:00 - Adapting the culture to the remote-first environment   1:00:00 - Think about how acquiring data makes a product better  1:05:00 - The future of generative AI and multi-modal models  Company: https://www.glean.ai/   Twitter: https://twitter.com/aapatel09   Newsletter: https://www.ankursnewsletter.com/   At Dawn, we invest in visionary leaders who move the world forward. Learn more at https://dawn-gv.com    With questions about Forward contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:13:42
January 23, 2023
Regression Games Aaron Vontell on building AI bots to compete in games, raising a $4M seed in a week from NEA and A16Z, and the future of AI in gaming
Regression Games Aaron Vontell on building AI bots to compete in games, raising a $4M seed in a week from NEA and A16Z, and the future of AI in gaming
We sat down with Aaron to talk about building bots to compete in games, Raising a $4M seed in a week from NEA and A16z, building an AI-powered company, and the future of AI in gaming.   Aaron is the Founder and CEO of Regression Games, a company making artificial intelligence in games and esports accessible and enjoyable for everyone. He was previously an early engineer at Instabase, working on low-code machine-learning products. He received his Bachelors and Masters from MIT, where he helped develop Battlecode, MIT's annual AI gaming competition.   Start competing in Minecraft - Ultimate Collector challenge at https://play.regression.gg   Timestamps:   0:00 - Why let people build AIs that will compete in games  2:10 - Which games to use as arenas for AI bots' competition  8:10 - First tournament - Minecraft Ultimate Collector  10:46 - RG approach vs. other companies applying AI in games  16:40 - The toolset to program bots  18:33 - Leveling the field for players with various programming skills  21:00 - Origins: First robotics, MIT Battlecode, Instabase  31:00 - Applying Natural Language and LLMs to programming bots  35:10 - How to monetize AI bots  38:15 - Starting RG as a solo founder, first steps, NEA, A16z, Roosh  41:00 - Navigating the venture ecosystem as a first-time founder  45:05 - Building initial team  48:37 - Future of AI gaming  52:25 - Advice to founders starting an AI company  57:05 - Future of AI in general, AI as a companion    Links:   Regression Games: https://www.regression.gg   Discord: https://discord.com/invite/925SYVse2H   Twitter: https://twitter.com/RegressionGG    At Dawn, we invest in visionary leaders who move the world forward. Learn more at https://dawn-gv.com     With questions about Forward contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:01:40
January 16, 2023
Formic’s Saman Farid on reinvigorating manufacturing with robotization - Labor shortages, China, Robots as a Service, Incubating businesses, Building a $100B company
Formic’s Saman Farid on reinvigorating manufacturing with robotization - Labor shortages, China, Robots as a Service, Incubating businesses, Building a $100B company
Our guest today is Saman Farid, the CEO and founder of Formic. Formic is accelerating the adoption of automation across small to mid-sized U.S. manufacturers and boosting productivity by removing the risk, complexity, upfront capital, and expertise that typically exist as barriers to onboarding this technology. The company’s “Robotics-as-a-Service” model delivers customized robots at a low hourly rate, with guaranteed uptime. With a full-service offering that includes everything from planning and deployment to maintenance and upgrades, Formic is creating an innovative and accessible competitive advantage for small and mid-sized factories to ensure they stay relevant and thrive in any economy. 0:00 - Manufacturing in the US 4:15 - Why labor shortages 7:52 - Robotization in the US, China, and Korea 13:47 - Opportunity for the US manufacturing automation 19:08 - Formic’s hardware, software, and financing services 24:44 - Types of customers served by Formic 30:55 - Collaborative robots 33:15 - Case study: auto parts manufacturer 39:15 - Learnings from 10 years as a VC 46:56 - How to incubate a business 54:44 - People at Formic 1:02:12 - Future of robotization in manufacturing TRIZ: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIZ Company: https://formic.co/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/goformic Open positions: https://formic.co/careers At Dawn, we invest in visionary leaders who move the world forward. Learn more at https://dawn-gv.com With questions about Forward contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:10:50
January 09, 2023
EvolutionIQ’s Tomas Vykruta on bringing AI-powered claims guidance to the insurance industry
EvolutionIQ’s Tomas Vykruta on bringing AI-powered claims guidance to the insurance industry
Our guest today is Tomas Vykruta, the CEO and founder of EvolutionIQ. EvolutionIQ created the world's first fully AI-driven claims guidance platform for the most sophisticated insurance carriers in the world, making insurance more fair, transparent, and affordable. They raised more than $26M from Brewer Lane Ventures, FirstRound Capital, FirstMark Capital, and Foundation Capital, among others. 0:00 How does insurance claims guidance help insurers  3:00 Insurance companies served by EvolutionIQ  8:26 Customers' success stories   10:45 AI systems powering EvolutionIQ  15:37 Future roadmap  17:50 Convincing your first customer to share the data  21:26 How can an AI team become experts in insurance  29:22 Starting EvolutionIQ  37:57 Lessons from Google  44:06 Lessons from building EvolutionIQ  55:11 The future of AI in insurance A Recipe for Training Neural Networks: http://karpathy.github.io/2019/04/25/recipe/ EvolutionIQ: https://evolutioniq.com/ Careers: https://evolutioniq.com/careers/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/evolution-iq/ Tomas’ Twitter: @tvykruta Tomas’ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tvykruta/ At Dawn, we invest in visionary leaders who move the world forward. Learn more at https://dawn-gv.com
01:05:06
December 30, 2022
Amira Learning’s Mark Angel on helping kids become better readers with AI
Amira Learning’s Mark Angel on helping kids become better readers with AI
Our guest today is Mark Angel, the CEO of Amira Learning.  Amira is the first intelligent reading assistant that listens, assesses & coaches to accelerate reading mastery. Proven to double the pace of learning, Amira helps K-3 students become motivated, masterful readers. The company recently debuted StoryCraft - a new reading game app for kids ages 5 to 10, which uses artificial intelligence to deliver personalized reading tutoring from the comfort of home. Students have read more than 1 billion words to the software, with recent usage hitting 2+ million minutes per month, spanning nearly a million students in all 50 states. Website: https://www.amiralearning.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/amira-learning Careers: https://www.amiralearning.com/jobs At Dawn, we invest in visionary leaders who move the world forward. Learn more at https://dawn-gv.com With questions about Forward contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:15:02
December 20, 2022
Rhino Health’s Ittai Dayan on unlocking healthcare data collaboration with Federated Learning
Rhino Health’s Ittai Dayan on unlocking healthcare data collaboration with Federated Learning
Our guest today is Ittai Dayan the Founder and CEO of Rhino Health.  Rhino Health provides AI/data-science developers and medical researchers with a platform that unlocks data collaborations without sharing data or compromising data privacy. The Rhino Health Platform is powered by Federated Learning and distributed computing technologies and uniquely adapted to deal with 'Real World Data' from clinical data systems. In this episode, we talk about the challenges AI innovators face with gaining access to healthcare data, the tradeoffs of different approaches, and the opportunities of federated learning. We also talked about harmonizing the data from different institutions and avoiding the “data black box” while ensuring data protection. Website: https://www.rhinohealth.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rhinohealth/ Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
50:14
December 12, 2022
ReSpo.Vision’s Pawel Osterreicher on applying computer vision to push the boundaries of sports analytics
ReSpo.Vision’s Pawel Osterreicher on applying computer vision to push the boundaries of sports analytics
Our guest today is Pawel Osterreicher, the CEO and founder of ReSpo.Vision. ReSpo.Vision disrupts sports with the help of Artificial Intelligence. Their Computer Vision algorithms capture detailed 3D positional data from sporting events and turn it into practical insights & visualizations, providing sports clubs, and sports media with an unmatched depth of knowledge. They work with elite football clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain; as well as the top Media Companies. Before founding ReSpo Pawel was Chief Revenue Officer & Board Director of Deepsense.ai; before that, he spent 7 years at The Boston Consulting Group. In this episode we talk about the evolution of sports analytics in a relentless pursuit of excellence, new powers enabled by AI, and ReSpo breakthrough work in computer vision. Website: https://respo.vision/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/respovision/ Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:12:30
December 05, 2022
Conversight's Ganesh Gandhieswaran on bringing an AI-powered analyst assistant to every employee in the organization
Conversight's Ganesh Gandhieswaran on bringing an AI-powered analyst assistant to every employee in the organization
Our guest today is Ganesh Gandhieswaran, the CEO and founder of ConverSight. ConverSight offers a conversational intelligence platform that uses Natural Language Processing and machine learning to converge the distance between humans and data. ConverSight’s AI business assistant, Athena, connects distributed databases (ERPs and CRMs), delivering on-demand insights to direct your next move through three key functions: Information on Demand, Proactive Insights and Dashboards, and Recommended Actions. In this episode, we talk about Conversight’s journey to bring visibility to siloed enterprise data and bring the AI-powered analytics assistant to every employee in the organization. We also talk about why healthy arguments between co-founders are important to the company’s success and why starting a company reminds Ganesh of jumping into a well. ConverSight’s website: https://conversight.ai/ Ganesh’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ganeshgandhieswaran/ Jump into a well: https://youtu.be/uPf6mXFxwdY Contact us at forward@dawnglobalventures.com
01:11:03
November 28, 2022
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
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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. Scheduling 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