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Meet the Founders of Artificial Intelligence Startups

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6:00-8:30 pm
Where: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
488 Madison Ave.
New York, New York  10022
United States
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Meet the Founders of Artificial Intelligence Startups

Meet entrepreneurs who are at the forefront of changes

resulting from Artificial Intelligence, managing startup

AI businesses in New York.

Times have changed up at Uris Hall and tech is in. Artificial Intelligence (AI) for business is one of the new “it” classes. Even the curriculum has been updated to include programming classes and business executives are split on what this will mean in this brave new world.

Some say that AI will be taking our jobs. Others believe although there will be change in the process, new business empires will emerge.

Join us as four companies that develop AI products present a panel on the state of AI:

Roger Hahn, CEO at Temburi, applying machine learning to legal and genetic problems
Alex Poon, COO and Founder at, an artificial intelligence powered personal assistant, CBS ‘06
Rungson Samroengraja, Co-founder & COO at Satsifi Labs, a leading provider of conversational AI for Sports, Retail and Live Entertainment, CBS PhD '99
Lio Slama, Founder and CEO at SquarePlan, automating processes for the property management ecosystem 
Jay S. Rand, Partner and Co-Chair of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC’s Corporate & Finance Group and a member of the Technology Group
Jeremy Kagan, Managing Director of The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, CBS (Moderator)

The panel will feature:

• Use cases for each of the businesses
• An overview of AI from a legal perspective
• A discussion with panelists on the state of AI startups
• Scheduled Q&A time for audience questions

Topics include conversations on:

• How did you choose the industry verticals for your businesses, and how was funding obtained?
• What are the benefits of using AI? What are the limitations?
• How does AI help us work more efficiently?
• How can I excel in my career as the use of AI increases?
• What is the future of AI?

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 - 8:30 PM  (a detailed breakdown of event timing appears below)
Location: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, 488 Madison Ave. (between 51st and 52nd Sts.)
Tickets: $35 for CBSACNY members; $50 for non-members; no walk-ins permitted

Evening Schedule:
• Pre-Event Networking & Registration, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
• Panel Discussion, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
• Post-Event Networking, 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm

Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York offers ONE FREE EVENT for new members who sign up for the first time ($85 or more). Click here to join now and then contact us to receive your promotional code before you register for the event of your choice (sports events, holiday parties and mixers are excluded.

This panel will be in two parts. The September 25th session will present companies that develop AI products. Part 2 will take place in December and will feature speakers from companies that provide AI services and training.  You will register for each part separately. The December panelists will be announced in the Fall.


Roger Hahn, CEO at Temburi
Roger is a registered US patent attorney and a serial entrepreneur who founded a patent law firm in 2006, and then YouGene, a genetic laboratory leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools in 2009. YouGene can analyze clinical data using machine learning tools to classify mutation data and was co-developed with Columbia MBAs and a Columbia Professor of Bioinformatics. Based on his experience working on YouGene, Roger realized that the same AI tools could be applied to other industries including law. That insight was the basis of his next venture, Temburi, an AI dashboard that can train user-supplied data into a classification model for determining materiality. Augmented by Temburi, patent attorneys can expend fewer hours resolving routine problems and reallocate their time to fine-tuning algorithms and applying subject matter expertise to new models; thereby, improving efficiency and increasing the bottom line. Roger interests include developing machine learning software for Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Natural Language Generation (NLG). He recently developed a supervised machine learning application capable of classifying patent documents using any one of logistic regression, Bayesian classifiers, support vector machines, and decision trees. His programming work also includes novel bioinformatics tools and data-science applications. Roger holds a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois, a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. from the Chicago Kent College of Law, and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Alex Poon, COO and Founder at
Alex is the COO and Founder of, an artificial intelligence powered personal assistant. He has over 18 years of experience in data analytics, software development, and product management. Alex was VP of Engineering at Outbrain after it acquired the company he co-founded, Visual Revenue. Earlier in his career, as an engineer at Lockheed Martin, he built software for unmanned aerial vehicle and radio/wireless signal processing. Alex received his MBA from Columbia Business School. He also holds MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering. Zerg is his preferred race at Starcraft II.

Rungson Samroengraja, Co-founder & COO at Satsifi Labs
Satisfi Labs is a leading provider of conversational AI for Sports, Retail and Live Entertainment which allows customers to access the "perfect employee" via text or voice to answer questions to drive revenue and reduce operational costs. As Co-founder and COO of Satisfi Labs, Rungson Samroengraja manages implementations, customer service and AI creation & maintenance. In addition, he also handles Legal, HR and Finance functions for the company. Prior to Satisfi Labs, he has worked at Bridgewater Associates as a Program Manager in Research Technology. He has also served as EVP, Strategy and Analytics at Citigroup's Global Decision Management. As VP, Product Development at Pitney Bowes, Rungson managed a cross-functional development team of over 500 people with an annual budget exceeding $80M per year. Rungson has a PhD in Operations Research from Columbia Business School and a BS in Engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Lio Slama, Founder and CEO at SquarePlan
Lio Slama is the Founder and CEO of SquarePlan, a real estate tech startup located at the Columbia Startup Lab. SquarePlan is a pioneer in automating processes for the property management ecosystem. Lio has an extensive background in project management, real estate and technology in both domestic and international markets. Additionally, he advises startups and real estate clients in the US, Europe and Israel on a wide range of topics including business development and product management. Prior to founding SquarePlan, Lio was the Head Architect for the International Labor Organization in Switzerland (United Nations), managing the design and engineering for their $200M Headquarters renovation from 2012 to 2014. He also co-founded Zaprint in 2014, a real estate startup producing simplified interactive floor plans. Lio Slama earned a Master's in Architecture from the University of Lyon, France (ENSAL) and a Master of Science from Columbia University (GSAPP).

Jay Rand, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Jay S. Rand is a partner and co-chair of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC’s Corporate & Finance Group and a member of the Technology Group. He is a recognized leading advisor to emerging tech and tech-enabled companies and their investors. Jay has extensive experience advising on entity formation, corporate governance, venture capital and other types of financing. He also advises clients on M&A transactions, strategic partnerships and licensing arrangements. Jay’s practice focuses in particular on clients in high-growth industries, such as digital media, FinTech, software, health and life sciences, and consumer goods and technologies. He also represents venture capital funds, private equity funds, angel investors and accelerators in investment and other transactional matters. Jay is a member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia Law School, where he teaches a course in High-Growth Entrepreneurship. He is also a frequent speaker and author of articles on issues critical to emerging companies, entrepreneurs and investors. Jay is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD, 1987), where he was an editor of the Comparative Labor Law Journal, and The Johns Hopkins University (BA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1983). He is admitted to practice in New York.

(Moderator) Jeremy Kagan, Managing Director of The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center
Jeremy is the Managing Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School, where he oversees the entrepreneurial curriculum and programming, the multi-million dollar Lang Investment Fund, and the Columbia Startup Lab. Jeremy previously founded, a SaaS marketing technology company that helped small businesses manage search marketing (SEM) and digital advertising, with peer benchmarking, a simple platform for deploying and managing campaigns, and features to save them time and money. and get more sales and leads.  Jeremy is also an advisor and consultant, professor, and corporate trainer in digital marketing, strategy, and innovation. He currently works as a mentor with numerous accelerators, such as ER Accelerator, Innovation Norway, the German Accelerator, Dreamit, XRC Labs. He also advises and consults with startups directly.  Jeremy’s previous career includes executive positions at Sony Music Entertainment in the Global Digital Business in advertising as Vice President/Director, Strategy and Customer Insights, at Publicis Modem, and as a strategy consultant at IBM and Dean & Company.  For over a decade, Jeremy has been a Professor at Columbia Business School, Marketing Dept. for MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs, teaching coursework in the areas of Digital Marketing, Strategy and Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.  His new textbook "Digital Marketing: Strategy & Tactics" was published earlier this year by the Wessex Press.


This panel has been organized by the CBSAC/NY AI Committee, Brad Jobling and Bonnie Halpern, in collaboration with Jeremy Kagan of the Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School.

Special thanks to the law firm of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC for their generosity in sponsoring this event.

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