A special panel discussion for startup founders and investors.
AI, ML, and Generative Tech
Hosted by Foley & Lardner, and 4thly.
2023 is certainly the year of generative AI. New software such as ChatGPT, DALL-E, Midjourney, and Bard have collectively created one of those “This is going to change everything!” moments in Silicon Valley and beyond. This panel of experts discuss all this and more. Audio podcast and video recording are posted below.
Audio Podcast on Spotify:
Alex Babin is CEO and Co-founder of ZERO, a leader in generative AI for the enterprise. ZERO is dedicated to applying artificial intelligence and smart automation to the most pressing operational challenges of the professional services industry. We combine cutting-edge technology, advanced security and continual evaluation of usability and customer value to build and deploy solutions that are revolutionizing their businesses.
Ben is the Co-Founder and General Partner of BootstrapLabs, a leading venture capital firm, based in Silicon Valley and focused on Applied Artificial Intelligence. Ben has been investing in Applied AI software technology startups for nearly a decade and is actively managing a venture portfolio whose companies’ aggregate enterprise value grew by nearly $2Bn (almost 10 x) in the last 5 years. Ben is also a member of AAAI (Association for the Advancement of AI). Earlier in his career, Ben was an Investment Banker who helped his clients raise over $300M from institutional investors and close over $5B in M&A transactions
Dipanwita Das is an award-winning technology entrepreneur and a Sir Edmund Hilary Fellow. She is CEO and Co-founder of Sorcero, the leading platform for AI powered product analytics for Life Sciences. She developed Sorcero’s vision of applying advanced analytics to medical and scientific content to improve patient outcomes and helped author the company’s 5 patented advances in biomedical AI. Dipanwita previously built the digital scientific platform for the largest global public health policy initiative, influencing health outcomes for over three billion people. Dipanwita graduated from three of the world’s top 5 startup accelerators. She completed Stanford GSB’s Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurship, earned her M.A. from IDS at the University of Sussex, and a B.A. from St. Stephen’s College.
Louis Lehot is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley offices, where he is a member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital, M&A and Transactions Practices as well as the Technology, Health Care, Life Sciences and Energy Industry Teams. Louis focuses his practice on advising entrepreneurs and their management teams, investors and financial advisors at all stages of growth, from garage to global. Louis especially enjoys being able to help his clients achieve hyper-growth, go public and to successfully obtain optimal liquidity events. Learn more.
Suman Talukdar is GP at AiSprouts, a VC firm investing in breakthrough AI and machine learning ventures. He has worked in executive roles with the best Silicon Valley founders, investors, and technologists – experiencing five back-to-back exits (valued at over $7B+), including Anaplan ($2.1B IPO), Clearwell (acquired by Symantec $400M), Cloudflare (IPO $5.25B), & VerticalNet (IPO). He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Ahmed is an AI geek and a serial entrepreneur. He started his engineering career building image-processing software for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope while at Cornell University. He also participated in the DARPA Grand Challenge, which resulted in the world’s first self-driving cars. A former Entrepreneur in Residence at SRI, today he is the Founder and CEO of Yobi, an AI chatbot to better connect businesses with customers.
Walter De Brouwer
Walter is Chief Scientific Officer at Sharecare which went public on NASDAQ in 2021 and also General Partner in the venture capital firm Emerald.plus which invests in decentralizing technologies and future payment rails for the Media and Entertainment sector. He holds a Ph.D. in Computational Semiotics from the University of Tilburg (the Netherlands) and is the adjunct professor at the Clinical Excellence Research Center at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Bret Waters, Moderator
Bret Waters has been in Silicon Valley his entire life as an entrepreneur, executive, and investor. Today he teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford University, runs the 4thly Startup Accelerator, and coaches startup CEO’s at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. He’s successfully raised capital multiple times in his career, and the entrepreneurs he has worked with have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in capital. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.