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Are we headed for another AI winter? PIXABAY Artificial intelligence has been around since 1956 when the term was first coined. Those in the industry know that there has been previous hype and then disillusionment around AI. The period of decline of interest in AI is known in the industry as an AI winter and has happened twice before. An AI winter is a point at which research, investment and funding for AI goes into a period of decline and it’s hard to get funding for research or other projects that have…

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Setting the Stage If you have read some of my previous posts, you may know I am very bullish on data-driven funds. The rationale for my optimism is that I fundamentally believe that machine learning can bridge the asymmetric information gap between founders and investors, making both of their lives better and easier. As part of my work and effort to try to advance the field a bit, I have been doing research on how AI has already been used in VC, but I also wanted to play with data, and the following…

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Sam Huang, BMW iVentures SAM HUANG It takes more than technology to make businesses work. One of the most precious resources, besides the humans that run the organization, is capital to fund growth. In the areas at the edge of innovation, especially artificial intelligence, this capital is being used to prove that existing technology is capable of driving real business return as well as advance the state of the art to push the technology in ways not possible today. It is no surprise, then, that major…

7 months ago
Date: May 15, 2019, 9.30am-12pm PST (California time) Webinar + Onsite event by U First Capital Speaker: Softbank Vision Fund Managing Partner Praveen Akkiraju Topic: Q&A with Softbank Vision Fund Managing Partner Praveen Akkiraju Register Agenda: 9.30-10am Networking 10-11am Softbank Investment Strategy overview + Q&A (Praveen Akkiraju) 11am-12pm Networking U First Capital is bringing Venture Capitalists, Corporate Executives and successful Startup Founders as Speakers. More info at …

7 months ago
Date: April 18, 2019, 10am-11am PST (California time) Webinar + Onsite event Speaker: Barry Eggers (Founder and Managing Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners) REGISTER Topic: Q&A with Lightspeed Ventures' Founding Partner Barry Eggers U First Capital is bringing Venture Capitalists, Corporate Executives and successful Startup Founders as Speakers. More info at www.ufirstcapital.com The event will be streamed live over video conferencing and also held in person at U First Capital office (3175…

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By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 27, 2018 Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Anyone observing the news can see that artificial intelligence and machine learning are getting lots of attention. It goes without saying that startups are playing into this trend and raising more money than ever, as long as they have AI or cognitive technologies in their business plans or marketing material. Not only are startups raising increasingly eye-opening amounts of money, but venture…

1 year 3 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 9, 2018 Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Even though artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technologies have been around even longer than the electronic computer has been around, AI seems to get stuck in this perpetual trap where AI fantasy doesn’t meet reality. People’s hopes and visions for what AI can be are soon met with the reality of just how tough it is to create any sort of artificial intelligence in machine form. Of course at…