Aku was most recently a Principal at Workday where she worked closely with the Co-CEO, Chief Strategy Officer and others on key developer initiatives. Prior to that, she worked as a Director of Technical Product at DataRobot and also let the partnership with Snowflake. – AI unicorn when it was a valuation of $6.3B. She worked with the General Catalyst Managing Director/ex – CTO of Dropbox via sourcing deals. She has driven value through customer and strategic partnerships. She started career at the Wall Street firm D.E.Shaw & Co. and Deloitte.
She raised over $20M in venture capital funding as an entrepreneur.
She was a founding AI product lead for the IBM Watson division which contributed to $13.7B and the Chief AI Evangelist of Red Hat’s subscription products which totaled a revenue of $2.6B in 2018, up 21% YoY. She led the NVIDIA AI partnership for NetApp as their founding AI lead. She launched an AI Venture studio (www.genaivc.space) where she incubated startups from pre-seed to later stage.
She has advised founders of startups such as Vendia, Credo.ai, Vectice, H2O.ai (a startup funded by Goldman Sachs) & others.
She founded AI Amalgamators with Microsoft for Startups to connect startups to corporates. Launched “Investing in Startups & Identifying the Rocketship Summit” sponsored by Google, SVB & Salesforce featuring the Forbes VC Midas List Editor and GPs from Silicon VC firms.
She sourced deals for Sorenson Ventures, Lightspeed, NEA, Data Collective, Norwest Venture Partners, Mayfield, Greylock and others. She is a mentor for accelerators such as Acceleprise and Alchemist Accelerator.
She is featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 List, Nasdaq’s Leading Women in AI, Forbes Women in AI List and VentureBeat Women in AI Awards Finalist for 2020. As an advocate for women, contributed articles to Forbes and VentureBeat. (co-founder of blog see: AI Group on Forbes).
MS in Computer Science with a specialization in AI and Bachelors of Engineering in Info Sc from RVCE in addition to an executive management at Kellogg School of Management. United States awarded her the EB1 greencard based on extraordinary abilities in AI.
Shaloo Garg is Managing Director, Late Stage Startups & Unicorns and based out of Silicon Valley. She brings a combination of strong startup, enterprise, strategic partnership and corporate development experience.
Previously, Shaloo was Partner , Global Oracle Innovation at Oracle where she lead the Global Corporate Innovation practice of commercializing revenue opportunities for startups into the enterprise client base and partner ecosystem. She has also lead go-to-market for Oracle’s cloud business and was part of the M&A team that acquired Peoplesoft, Siebel, Retek etc. Prior to joining Oracle, she was in a couple of early stage startups. Shaloo is passionate about Tech for Good and is President , BOD at UN Women, Silicon Valley , a “Champion of Innovation” at UN Women where she is spinning up virtual Innovation Labs with Universities leveraging emerging technologies to encourage digital literacy in developing countries for young girls who do not have access to education.
Shaloo strongly believes that technology’s best user case ever is using its power to impact wider social issues like hunger, poverty, STEM education, clean water, energy, sustainable cities etc in developing and under-developed economies. Shaloo is a Guest speaker at Penn Law School and is an MBA from Delhi University and has done specialization in Innovation and Design Thinking from Stanford d.School. Words to live by: “In life, there are no mistakes… only lessons” – Vic Johnson.
Born in China and immigrating to San Francisco at the young age of 15, Tong is a testament to adaptability and perseverance. With humble beginnings as a talented oil painting artist, Tong seamlessly transitioned into the world of technology as an engineer at a leading enterprise software company in Silicon Valley.
This innate drive for success was evident from an early age, Tong made their first pot of gold in sixth grade by recruiting her playmates to sell used newspapers to neighbors back in China. Since their sophomore year in high school, Tong has founded multiple companies, demonstrating their unparalleled ambition and tenacity. With a keen interest in artificial intelligence and venture capital, Tong is now poised to contribute their unique blend of creative and technical expertise to the forefront of these exciting fields, nurturing innovation and empowering the next generation of groundbreaking ideas.
Damon Horowitz is a notable figure known for his diverse background as a philosophy professor and serial entrepreneur. He has given TED talks on topics like teaching philosophy in prisons and ethics in the technology industry, advocating for the importance of humanities in tech. He holds a BA from Columbia University, an MS in Artificial Intelligence from MIT, and a PhD in Philosophy from Stanford. His career includes co-founding companies such as Aardvark, Perspecta, and Novation Biosciences, and working as an In-House Philosopher/Director of Engineering at Google.
Horowitz also teaches courses in philosophy, AI, and cognitive science at various universities, including NYU, Stanford, Columbia, U Penn, and even San Quentin State Prison. He has been involved in non-profit work, serving on the boards of arts and humanities organizations, including Cal Humanities. In 2014, he founded “The Oracular Theatre,” a non-profit Shakespeare theater company, and directed their production of Julius Caesar.
Sol is Chief Data Officer of Estée Lauder
Sol Rashidi, the Chief Analytics Officer at The Estée Lauder Companies, is a prominent figure in the field of AI. She has numerous accolades and a successful career that started unexpectedly in data analysis. She has experience at IBM, Ernst and Young, and Royal Caribbean, where she advocated for building in-house talent. Sol’s success is driven by her forward-thinking mindset and her teams’ ability to innovate while mastering the basics.
She explains that titles like Chief Analytics Officer, Chief Data Officer, and Chief Digital Officer are interconnected, and the focus is on bridging the gap between technology and business.
Sol believes that the future of ethical AI and Responsible AI is in need of guidance, as legislation may outpace ethical considerations. AI’s capabilities and implications are advancing rapidly, raising questions about ownership and ethics in creative works generated by algorithms.
In a successful digital transformation journey, Sol emphasizes adaptation to a changing market, the importance of leaders who can explore the unknown, and alignment among executives. She underscores that what worked in the past may not work in the future.
Sol Rashidi’s vision and courage in the face of doubt position her as a leader who can shape the future of AI for the benefit of humanity. She is known for her ability to connect technologists and non-technologists to leverage data and technology for business growth.
Sol Rashidi’s diverse interests outside of her professional life include running, krav maga, golf, and traveling. She is passionate about helping people realize the “Art of the Possible.
Richard Ling founded three technology start-up companies in data-driven ad targeting (ImpulseBuy Networks), mobile/cloud transcoding (AlterEgo) and e-mail search (MetaLincs) that were all acquired by large public companies (Inktomi (INKT), Macromedia (MACR) and Seagate (STX), respectively).
These companies raised over $50M in venture capital funding from top-tier venture funds, corporate and angel investors including Mayfield Fund, Softbank, Canaan Partners, Granite Ventures, Arrowpath (ETrade), Newbury, Yahoo! Inc, Interwoven, SRI (Stanford Research Institute), Frank Quatrrone, John Chambers among many others. These companies collectively returned almost $350M in enterprise value to the investors.
Mr Ling is also a Founding General Partner of Rembrandt Venture Partners (RVP), established in 2004 to provide private equity capital to early stage technology companies.
RVP raised over $300 million under management in three funds and has invested in over 30 companies and has had over a dozen exits including Ironport (Cisco), Convio (IPO:CONV), MetaLincs (Seagate), LGC Wireless (ADC), Cavium (IPO:CAVM), LiveRamp (Axiom), Good Technology (Motorola), Xactly (IPO:XTLY), Buysight (AOL) among others.
Mr. Ling has been an angel investor in over 20 companies including Vectice, Lexi, CommerceOne, Good Technology, ComScore (IPO:SCOR), eBates, YesMail, Raza Foundries, Jetway, UserTesting.com, etc.
Richard holds several patents and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on the television program Business Today. Mr. Ling holds a Bachelor of Science, Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (control systems and robotics focus).
Anil Cheriyan is Cognizant’s Executive Vice President, Strategy and Technology. Overseeing all aspects of Corporate Strategy, Global IT and Global Security, Anil is responsible for Cognizant’s strategy, alliances and business development, and for strengthening the company’s global IT and security capabilities.
Prior to joining Cognizant in August 2020, Anil served as the U.S. Presidential Appointee in charge of Technology Transformation Services, with a mission to improve people’s lives through technology. Working closely with the White House, agency leadership and the Federal CIO, he drove the technology transformation agenda across the U.S. federal government, accelerating the transformation of several agencies with industry-leading talent in AI, cloud, digital platforms, data and analytics, identity and citizen experience.
Prior to his government role, Anil launched Phase IV Ventures, a consulting and advisory firm, advising banks, technology firms and late-stage growth startups.
Before that, he served as EVP and CIO of SunTrust Banks, where he led the bank’s digital, operations and data transformation, advancing its capabilities in cloud, AI/robotics, digital transformation, data and payments. Earlier in his career, Anil held senior leadership roles at IBM Global Business Services, where he served financial services clients and led the insurance industry practice, and at PwC Management Consulting, where he led several global industry and technology practices.
Anil is an active leader in business and technology communities. He serves on the advisory boards of several late-stage growth startups and is an advisory partner to Insight Venture Partners and FTV Capital.
Anil earned his Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees in Management as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Imperial College in London.
Erica is the VP for Machine Learning at Upwork.com, the #1 global remote talent marketplace. She leads an international applied ML organization that develops: Search & Recommendations, Knowledge Graph, Trust & Safety/Fraud Automation, Marketing Analytics, Experimentation Platform & ML Infrastructure.
Formerly, Erica was the Director of ML at Zillow.com, the #1 digital real estate marketplace, where she led ML-powered “Neural Zestimate,” underwriting automation, and more.
Previously, Erica worked at Apple AI, Morgan Stanley, and Harvard Research. She is the Founder of WomenOfAI.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing free & sponsored AI education & resources to AI women from AWS, Google, Samsung, Two Sigma Ventures & more.
Erica is known as an international AI speaker who has spoken at Grace Hopper, Harvard, Stanford, Google, Databricks, ReInvent, TechCrunch, IBM, and NASDAQ.
Erica lives in LA with her family & enjoys music, fine arts, fashion, health, humanitarian work & spirituality outside of tech.
Currently working as a Chief Architect and AI/ML strategic lead in the COI – CTO Office organization at Red Hat, using Customer-led Open Innovation projects to drive new advances in open source AI technology. Previously responsible for AI/ML strategy and business development for the Intelligent Edge group in Red Hat’s TME and Industries organization. Started Red Hat’s AI Networks initiative in 2017, to advance the use of AI and machine learning in mobile network and Edge infrastructure.
• Founder and chair of the Enterprise Neurosystem AI/ML open source community. The focus is the creation of large scale AI infrastructure frameworks and integration fabrics. The underlying development objective is a single large scale AI infrastructure that can be used to analyze and manage global climate change and other areas of social good. Members include Red Hat, IBM Research, Intel, Stanford SLAC, Harvard Analytics, Meta, Equinix, Reliance Jio, Verizon, Kove, Fiducia AI, Yahoo! and others.
While at VMware, composed the initial corporate strategy for the virtualization and cloud transformation of multiple new verticals. As part of this effort, the mobile network sector was targeted, and initiated a multi-year R&D effort in concert with technology partners and Tier 1 operators. This led to the NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) technology revolution, disrupted a decades-long networking industry paradigm, proposed the VMware Telco business unit, and delivered billions of dollars in revenue to VMware and their partners.
Co-founded a start-up that provided cloud-based universal remotes for home electronics via the iPhone (sold the company/IP).
Member of the O-RAN next Generation Research Group (nGRG), working on emerging 6G technologies and related AI use cases.
Multiple executive of the year awards – VMware, ATG (Oracle), Cast Iron Systems (IBM), and included in team award for Red Hat’s “Telco Deal of the Year” (2019).
Guest speaker at Stanford University on innovation and open development frameworks, and UC Berkeley’s Data-X program (Applied Data Science with Venture Applications). Delivered presentations at MLconf, NVIDIA GTC and Red Hat Next! on AI/ML technology futures. Board member and advisor to Fiducia AI.
Lillian’s Bio: Founder of Yooney Ventures. $100M AUM, $225M tech exit
Passionate Technical Leader with 22+ Years’ experience with proven track record of success in architecting & building complex large-scale mission critical SaaS Systems & high-impact software systems for companies ranging from startups to large companies.
Responsible for leading architecture of multiple consumer scale global SaaS platforms
Built and retained Software Engineering teams for both start-ups and well-established enterprises.
Architected & Developed an Extensible Platform with Customization Model with Extreme Scale & High Performance for leading ecommerce brands and retailers such as: Adidas, HBC, UnderArmour, Scholastic, ECCO, Columbia, Decker’s, Crocs, Aeropost, JTV, Michaels, Carters, L’Oréal, Motorola, and Lands’ End.
Proven Customer Facing/Client Engagement skills (Pre-sales, Partner Development, Client Services Consulting and Project Delivery) Experience.
Produced over $30M in annual cost savings with defined “Cost to Serve” Infrastructure Model & increased revenue for Salesforce commerce cloud platform that processes 40+ billion dollars.
Frequent speaker at Dreamforce, Connections and several other industry conferences.
Extremely hands on, technical, deep involvement in the design, architecture and the requirements
15 years of Technical Leadership (Functional/Program/Project Management, Software Architecture and Tech Lead)
Managed onsite, remote, and offshore teams in multiple countries, Restructured organizations as necessary for scale.
Dhaval Bhatt is a seasoned Product Leader with over 20 years of experience across various sectors, including aerospace, finance, and gaming. Currently at Microsoft Gaming, Dhaval focuses on developing data platforms that enhance the gaming experience for both creators and end-users. His approach to product management is data-driven, aiming to make a tangible impact on the lives of 100 million players.
Prior to Microsoft, Dhaval led AI product development at Wells Fargo. He was responsible for the Transaction Factory, a platform that processes 200 million transactions each day. This platform has been a key component in helping users manage their financial health, and it has generated a realized value of $7 million.
Dhaval is also the founder of Resonate, an AI startup that was acquired by the Berkeley Data Science Group. The startup developed content marketing solutions that resonated emotionally with audiences, earning several awards in the process.
In addition to his professional roles, Dhaval has contributed to the product management community through his involvement in PMHQ, a network of 40,000 product managers. He has also taught data science courses at UC Berkeley, focusing on practical applications of AI and data analytics.
What distinguishes Dhaval is his commitment to ethical AI. His work in product management incorporates elements of risk assessment and transparent reporting, ensuring that the AI products he develops are both innovative and safe. In the words of Peter Drucker, ‘The best way to predict the future is to create it.’ Dhaval takes this to heart by actively shaping the future of responsible AI