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Venture Capital Panel: Funding for AI (Artificial Intelligence) Startups
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE EVENT DESCRIPTION. There is a cover charge for this event. A "YES" RSVP on our meetup site does not confirm your reservation. Space is limited. Please only RSVP "Yes" if you will be attending. Take advantage of early responder pricing! Slots are limited. First come, first served! First Responders $9 plus Eventbrite fees Second Responders $12 plus Eventbrite fees Third Responders $15 plus Eventbrite fees In order to attend, you must register and pay here: Please bring your printed ticket to the event. Or, pay $20 (cash) at the door. "Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence ( exhibited by machines ( In computer science (, an ideal "intelligent" machine is a flexible rational agent ( that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal.[1] ( Colloquially, the term "artificial intelligence" is applied when a machine mimics "cognitive" functions that humans associate with other human minds (, such as "learning" and "problem solving". -- Wikipedia Our distinguished panel will discuss the current state of funding for AI (artificial intelligence) startups and what to expect throughout 2018. Please come with questions and comments. (This is not a pitch event, so no startups will be pitching to the panel.) If you are an AI startup and would like space on a demo table for the networking portion of the event, please send an email message to: [masked] Put this in the subject header: W 5/23 AI Startup Demo Table Agenda 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Panel Discussion, Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking About the Panelists: (More Panelists TBA) Ivy Nguyen is an associate at Zetta Venture Partners. Prior to joining Zetta Ventures, Ivy was Senior Associate at NewGen Capital, a venture capital firm providing early stage deep tech startups with growth opportunities in China and the greater APAC region. During her tenure at NewGen she sourced and led investments in several companies including Constructor, NuCypher, Assembly, and Agridata. Before NewGen, Ivy managed the startup accelerator program at Imagine H2O, an organization supporting global water innovation. At IH2O Ivy supported over 40 water tech startups from over 14 countries including Israel, Australia, and Singapore by connecting them to the program's growing network of investors, mentors, and pilot partners at major Fortune 1000 companies. Ivy earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, where she served as News Managing Editor of the Stanford Daily. Gaurav Tewari is the Managing Partner of Omega Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley.Omega is the first VC fund focused on Intelligence Augmentation (IA)—investing in disruptive and innovative enterprise-monetized companies leverage Artificial & Machine Intelligence to aid and amplify human productivity, judgment, and decision making.Gaurav has extensive experience in world-class leadership, investment, and operating roles. Prior to Omega, Gaurav was Managing Director of Citi Ventures, Principal at Highland Capital, and a consultant with McKinsey. He started his career in Engineering and Product Management roles at IBM and Microsoft. Gaurav has invented nine issued US patents. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from Wharton. Nick Triantos is a venture partner at Ignition Partners where he focuses primarily on AI and crypto/security enterprise software companies. He leads Ignition's investment in Tractable, an AI company using computer vision in the auto insurance industry, and Bromium, which uses micro-VMs for computer security. Nick has been in the software industry since 1992, having been at six startups (two as co-founder, and two as CEO), with multiple successful exits. He was an early employee and later Chief Software Architect at NVIDIA. Nick has also previously worked at SRI International, which pioneered many advances in AI, computer security, and robotics, as a managing director in the ventures team. He holds a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo and dual MBA degrees from UC Berkeley/Haas and Columbia University. About the Moderator: Arman Pahlavan is a corporate attorney and partner at the Perkins Coie's Emerging Companies and Private Equity groups in Palo Alto. He advises venture capital and private equity funds and their portfolio companies across their legal needs. He counsels them on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, intellectual property transactions and fund formation matters. Arman has extensive experience advising clients with emphasis on cross border transactions for corporate clients and in his investment company practice. His knowledge runs across industry lines including operating in the software information technologies, life sciences and energy. With an aggregate transaction value measured in billions, Arman represents clients based in Silicon Valley and throughout the country and abroad. He has served as fund counsel to various funds and represented public companies and foreign private issuers in their securities matters. Arman’s investment fund clients have included Benhamou Global Ventures, Sofinnova Ventures, Invesco, The VR Fund, Tomorrow Ventures, Vedanta Capital, Novirian Capital, Invesco Private Capital, Claremont Creek Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Lux Capital and NEA. He has been tapped by sovereign wealth funds to establish their investment structures in the U.S. and abroad. His emerging company clients have included Aditive Inc. (acquired by Acxiom Corporation); eCullet, NeoAccel (Acquired by VMWare - VMW: NYSE), Play First (Acquired by GlueMobile - GLUU: NASDAQ), Rodo Medical, Sonitus Medical, Signal Digital, Veritcal Response (acquired by Deluxe Corporation - DLX: NYSE), Voyage Medical (acquired by Intuitive Surgical - ISRG: NASDAQ).

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