Artificial Intelligence in Industry with Dan Faggella (startup funding)

Most of our recent investor interviews have been Bay area investors, like Accenture and Canvas, and we don't usually get to speak with investors overseas, particularly in Asia. This week, however, we interviewed Tak Lo, a partner with Zeroth.ai, an accelerator program and cohort investing firm based in Hong Kong and focused on startup artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) companies. Lo speaks about when he saw AI take off in China and the differences in that rise compared to the U.S. He also gives valuable insight on consumer differences in how the two populations interact with technology, and how these differences in the Asian market drive different business opportunities in China than in the U.S.

Direct download: TEP-Tak_Lo-Mixdown.mp3
Category:Startup Funding -- posted at: 5:51pm PST

In this episode, recorded live at Canvas Ventures in Portola Valley, I speak with Ben Narasin, a partner with Canvas and an avid venture investor in AI and ML companies, some of which we've interviewed (Crowdflower and Mulesoft), along with many others that we haven't (like Siri). Ben doesn't look for AI to invest in; instead, he looks for companies to invest in, a subtle but important difference in a business world increasingly caught up in the explosion of AI and ML technologies.

From investments in Nuance to more recent one such as Houzz, Narasin has solid ideas as to what makes an investment interesting when AI is involved, what might actually add value to a model with AI, and what's wholly irrelevant when it comes to overall business model. Besides making important distinctions on where investments can make a return and how to raise money for your AI startup, this interview is also chock full of great analogies (give me golden dragons all day long—anyone?)

Direct download: TEP-Ben_Narasin-Mixdown.mp3
Category:Startup Funding -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

There’s been lot of hype around AI and ML in business over the past five years. Even among investors exist a lot of misconceptions about using ML in a business context, and how to get up to speed on and grasp and understand leveraging related technologies in industry. Recently, I talked with Benjamin Levy of BootstrapLabs in San Francisco, who I met through an investment banking friend in Boston.

BootstrapLabs invests in Bay area companies, and Levy also travels around the world speaking about investing in AI companies and raising funds for new ventures. In this episode, Levy gives his perspective on what investors and executives get wrong about ML and and AI, and discusses how they can get up to speed on the applications for these technologies and leverage them and related expertise to really make a difference (i.e. increased ROI) in their businesses.

Direct download: TEP-Ben_Levy-Mixdown.mp3
Category:Startup Funding -- posted at: 6:52am PST

In this episode, I interview Graham Lawlor, Founder/CEO of Ultra Light Startups. In this interview - Graham Lawlor gives his thoughts on individual founders vs. startups founded by teams and shares what he believes to be the most important focus areas that any bootstrapped startup should have right out of the gate.

 

 

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Direct download: TechEmergenceInterviewsGrahamLawlor.mp3
Category:Startup Funding -- posted at: 9:00am PST

John build business number 1, then sold it (landscaping company). He then got his MBA, and built business number 2, then sold it (engineering / manufacturing company). His focus then shifted to investing, where John actively invests with the other members of Cherry Stone Angle group in Rhode Island. 

In this interview, John covers the essential preparation steps that entrepreneurs should make before stepping up the angel investors, as well as some of the pitfalls he's seem some startups fall into when it comes to presenting / pitching their idea to investors. This interview will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand an investor's point of view - particularly from the standpoint of angel investments.

For More Information, Visit the HUB of Startups / Business in Emerging Technology. From Robotic Limbs to Getting Angel Investment, from Biotech to Intellectual Property:

www.TechEmergence.com

Interested in the Future of Humanity and the Ramifications of Emerging Tech? Sentient Potential Covers the Ethical Considerations and Future Projections at the Crossroads of Technology and Consciousness:

www.SentientPotential.com

Direct download: John_Con.mp3
Category:Startup Funding -- posted at: 5:19am PST

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