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Meet the Founders & Chiefs of Artificial Intelligence Startups
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Meet the Founders & Chiefs of Artificial Intelligence Startups

When: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
6:00-8:30 pm
Where: Work Bench
110 Fifth Avenue
5th Floor
New York, New York 
United States
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Meet the Founders & Chiefs of Artificial Intelligence Startups - Part 2:

Companies that provide AI services and training

Like the Internet, Artificial Intelligence has dramatically changed our lives and will continue to do so. The biggest change will result from our use of AI to analyze the data we generate to enhance our knowledge, discover solutions and even predict the future.

Join us for Part Two of our AI startup panels, where we will present companies that provide AI consulting and data analysis services to various industries.


Debra Bass, Global CMO & President, Nuvo Group America - AI data analysis for healthcare/at-risk pregnancies
Michael Iacona, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, fusemachines - AI consulting & training for tech professionals
Deepak Mittal, Founder & CEO, NextGen Invent Corporation - AI developed disease prevention & control models for the health insurance industry
Matei Zatreanu, Founder, System 2 LLC - AI data analysis for financial services/hedge funds
(Moderator) Jon Chang, Global Product Marketer of IBM Watson 

Topics will include conversations on:

-  Use cases for each of the businesses
-  Founders’ inspirations for starting their company.
-  Legal challenges in today’s privacy-focused world
-  The state of AI readiness of most corporations
-  AI use in the corporation of the future

Date: Tuesday, December 11
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM (a detailed breakdown of event timing appears below)
Location: Work-Bench, 110 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor (bet. W. 16-17th Sts.)
Tickets: $35 for members; $50 for non-members; no walk-ins permitted

Pre-Event Networking & Registration, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Panel Discussion and Q&A, 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
Post-Event Networking, 7:45 pm to 8:30 pm

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Debra Bass, Global CMO & President, US Nuvo Group
Debra is a growth-oriented business leader and brand builder with a broad base of experience in building beloved/iconic brands at some of the world’s most admired companies in the fast-moving consumer goods and healthcare industries. She recently made a move to a startup to leverage her collective industry experience and personal passion to build something meaningful for the next generation of parents and babies. Debra is currently Global CMO and President of the US at Nuvo Group, an emerging leader in maternal-fetal connected health. She leads the global development of the Nuvo Corporate Brand and the US market introduction of the company’s innovative technology platform to advance the delivery of maternal-fetal care. Before joining the Nuvo Group, Debra was President, Global Marketing Services at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Consumer Companies, where she led a team of 200+ and accelerated profitable growth behind J&J’s $14B portfolio of global and regional brands. Her key focus was fusing the classical discipline with personalized marketing, advanced analytics and external “power partnerships” to deliver hyper-relevant brand experiences. Prior to this role, Debra was Global President of the $28+ Global Baby Care Franchise. She was responsible for delivering the long-term growth strategy of the Baby Care Needs State, building a pipeline of innovation and strengthening brand equities behind a portfolio of brands. Debra, an industry speaker, has spoken at Cannes Lion’s Health, Modern Marketing Summit, and New York Advertising Week. She was recently recognized with the “Top 100 Women in Brand Marketing” Award by Brand Innovators. She is actively committed to advancing women’s leadership. While at J&J, she served on the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee and was an Executive Director of the #SeeHer advertising industry initiative. She also serves o the P&G Alumni Women’s Forum Steering Committee. Recently, Debra was recognized with a Tri-State diversity “Most Powerful and Influential Women” award for her commitment to women’s leadership. Debra has a BA in public policy from Duke University and an MBA in, General Management from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Michael Iacona - Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Fusemachines
Michael Iacona is the Chief Strategy & Growth Officer at Fusemachines, an AI Solutions company headquartered in New York City. In this role, Michael helps companies apply AI to business use cases that increase productivity and enable revenue growth opportunities. With over 25 years of experience in business and technology, Michael has held various CxO positions in corporate environments ranging from startups to large multinational companies such as Loews Corporation, AT&T, Thomson Reuters and TMP/Monster Worldwide. He also a two-time startup founder and currently acts as a mentor in Columbia University's Executive Master of Science in Technology Management program, where he shares his industry experience in technology, software product development, marketing, information services, telecommunications, and financial services with graduate students. Mr. Iacona holds a B.S. from Hofstra University, M.S. from Pace University, and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Deepak Mittal – CEO, NextGen Invent Corporation
Deepak Mittal is an accomplished serial entrepreneur and investor with a proven track record in business / IT strategy and making organizations AI enabled. Currently, Deepak holds the CEO position of NextGen Invent Corporation (NGI), a leading global professional services company that specializes in data science, technology, operations, and data management services and has always been at the forefront in providing solutions for a wide range of industries using disruptive technologies such as Big Data Analytics, Blockchain, IOT, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality. Based on innovative work done for data analytics, Deepak was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Month” by Silicon Review magazine. During his career, Deepak has served as a member of the Board of Directors of many companies including Innovative Scheduling and Launch Right Now. In this capacity, Deepak was responsible for evaluating new product ideas, and devising an appropriate product strategy and structure in strategic partnerships with companies such as IBM, and Oliver Wyman. He has managed and launched various products in Healthcare, Insurance and finance areas for such noted companies as JP Morgan Chase, Beverly Healthcare, and Fidelity Investments. Deepak has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an M.S. in Industrial & Management Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Bundelkhand Engineering College.

Matei Zatreanu, Founder, System2
Matei founded System2 to augment investment research with data and technology. Clients leverage the System2 team as an on-demand task force with expertise in data science, sourcing, engineering, and artificial intelligence to help them improve model estimates. He also hosts Augvest, a community of investors who meet regularly to discuss trends in data-driven investing. He previously spent eight years at King Street Capital, where he started the data science initiative. Matei has an MA in math from Columbia University and BAs in psychology, math, government, and economics from Cornell University.

(Moderator) Jon Chang, Global Product Marketer, IBM Watson
Recently named to the Forbes 2019 Under 30 List, Jon is an innovative marketer and educator. He's currently global product marketer at IBM Watson Marketing, adjunct faculty of social media and web analytics at New York University, lead business marketing instructor at General Assembly, and marketing advisor to the educational non profit Exploration Summer Programs. Previously, he worked at Kickstarter, Stack Overflow, and MakerBot Industries.

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 Work-Bench for their generosity in providing space for this event. Work-Bench is a venture fund and community focused exclusively on enterprise technology.

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