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Venture Capital Panel: Funding for Machine Learning 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. Our distinguished panel will discuss the latest innovations in machine learning and funding for machine learning startups. Please come with questions and comments. If you are a machine learning 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: T 6/26 Machine Learning 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, Audience Q & A 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking About the Panelists: (More panelists TBA.) Preeti Rathi is a principal at Ignition Partners, an early stage business software venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley and Seattle. Preeti is passionate about working with and helping companies grow from seed or Series A startups to scalable businesses with significant traction. She is focused on investing in ML/AI companies that solve real customer problems. Her investments at Ignition include Tractable, a deep learning, computer vision company focused on expert AI tasks. Before joining Ignition, Preeti was at Opus Capital, where she invested in ML focused company Turi (f.k.a Graphlab, acquired by Apple) and Edunav. Prior to Opus, during her tenure at Juniper Ventures, Preeti invested in companies like Wickr (self-destructing messaging) and Vectra Networks (advanced threat detection). Preeti has a strong operating background and has held various roles in product management and development in the areas of Enterprise Edge, SDN, and Mobility. Her experience includes defining product strategy and road maps for $1B revenue products like the ASR 9000 Series. Preeti holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business. Praveen Gupta has an extensive background in corporate business development, strategy, venture capital, general management, and product development. He is currently Vice President of Corporate Investment & Development at HTC. He focuses on virtual/augmented reality, smart phone, and IoT technologies. He held a similar role at SK Telecom with a focus on mobile technologies. Earlier at CDIB Ventures, Praveen was a partner and involved in raising two venture capital funds and several successful investments in enterprise software, infrastructure, and semiconductor companies. He has authored three books related to venture capital. Praveen has held management and technical roles at Lucent, Ericsson, ICL, and Halliburton. Praveen has an MBA and an M.S. in Physics, EE, and Computer Science. Brandon Reeves is an associate on the investment team at Lux Capital. His goal is to identify companies that are turning science fiction into science fact — especially in areas of mobility, space, robotics, and the human brain. Prior to joining Lux, Brandon was on the investment team at Capricorn Investment Group, based in Palo Alto, where he focused on autonomy, mobility, semiconductors and energy. While there, he led the firm’s investments in Navitas, a power electronics silicon company. Previously, Brandon worked for Texas Instruments in Sunnyvale, California, where he was a Field Applications Engineer that supported Tesla Motors. In that role he worked with Tesla on its autopilot designs, next generation infotainment, and the sensor system for the Model X falcon wing doors. Brandon grew up in South Florida and earned a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ashish Aggarwal invests in early stage companies in Robotics, Connected Devices, AI/ML, and Frontier Technologies across the complete stack at Grishin Robotics. Before that, Ashish led strategic corporate acquisitions, investments, and divestitures for Opera Software where he oversaw transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Ashish also worked in marketing analytics for consumer and enterprise products at Dell in Austin Texas. At Yahoo! Ashish built large-scale enterprise infrastructure for advertising products. He led service-engineering teams to design dev-ops systems and architected complex advertising systems. He has also worked as an investor for OCA Ventures, a venture capital fund based in Chicago Illinois. Ashish is a Special Advisor for Mind The Bridge Foundation, a non-profit that runs programs to support all actors in entrepreneurial ecosystems. He led the selection of growth stage companies as part of Startup Europe Partnership, an integrated pan-European platform to help the best startups emerge from these local ecosystems and scale-up. Ashish actively mentors entrepreneurs from various accelerator programs across the world. Ashish has lived and worked in the US, China, UK, and India, and has conducted business globally. He started two companies for the Indian market, one in e-commerce and the other in social live TV space. Ashish also has been an Editor for Ashish holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Masters in Engineering Management with a focus on Design Thinking from McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and Bachelor of Information Science from RV College of Engineering, India. 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 has been an active participant in industry symposiums and roundtables, including events sponsored by VentureOne Summit and BayBio. Topics he has spoken on include term sheet best practices and funding strategies for emerging companies and smart grid investments. Arman is active in the investment community and has been able to garner first institutional round investments and CEO placements for his clients over the years to advance their growth and funding prospects. His private equity transactions have included TSG’s buy-out of IT Cosmetics and the leveraged buy-out Sigma International with Frontenac Capital as PEG sponsor. 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). Arman routinely represents Special Committees and Board of Directors of publicly traded and growth companies in connection with bet-the-company complex litigation and corporate matters. Arman was selected by his peers for inclusion in Law & Politics magazine’s list of Northern California Super Lawyers in 2004 and 2011. Organizational Sponsors: ( We put promise to work Do you need technical leadership or do you need to set up a team for your bootstrap phase? Contact: [masked] Looking to hire for your innovative startup? Find your next stream of qualified candidates with Albert's List, a social job searching community with over 20,000 members including marketing, engineering, finance/accounting, and human resources professionals. Join at and take your organization to the next level today.

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