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Venture Capital Panel: Funding for AI (Artificial Intelligence) Startups

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College of San Mateo

1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.

Building 10, College Center, 2nd Floor

San Mateo, CA 94402

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"Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines. In computer science, an ideal "intelligent" machine is a flexible rational agent that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of success at some goal.[1] Colloquially, the term "artificial intelligence" is applied when a machine mimics "cognitive" functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as "learning" and "problem solving". -- Wikipedia

Our distinguished panel will discuss the current state of funding for AI (artificial intelligence) startups and what to expect for the balance of 2017 and in 2018.

Please come with questions and comments.

(This is not a pitch event, so no startups will be pitching to the panel during the formal program.)

If you are an AI startup and would like space on a demo table for the networking portion of the event, please send an email message to:


Put this in the subject header:

Th 10/26 AI Startup Demo Table


6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Panel Discussion, Q & A

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking

About the Moderator:

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Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (www.rroyselaw.com). Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include international emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.

About the Panelists:

(More panelists TBA)

Ho Nam is a Managing Director of Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of software, mobile, and internet technologies. Ho began his VC career at Trinity Ventures and began his professional career at Bain & Company where he advised clients in technology, media and consumer products industries. Before co-founding Altos Ventures, Ho worked at Silicon Graphics and Octel Communications. Ho received an MBA from Stanford University and a BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Ed Fernandez is an early stage start up venture capitalist, investor, advisor and entrepreneur. Ed is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a worldwide non-profit association of leaders and entrepreneurs under 45.

He is a partner and co-founder of Naiss.io, a venture capital and advisory boutique in Palo Alto focusing on technology based start ups (machine learning in particular) and early stage companies, preparing them for M&A's and IPO's in alternative markets. Ed began investing in startups in 2012 as an investor and venture partner in a $10MM start up venture fund with 12 companies in their portfolio. He is currently a board observer and an advisor to some of them.

Ed's first computer was a Commodore 64 back in the 1980s, a 64Kb RAM machine running on a 1 MHz CPU. An avid assembler programmer at the time, he became an amateur hacker.

Ed lives in Palo Alto with his family. He is mission-driven, and a parallel multi-tasker with nerd traits: curious, ENTP, self-made, resilient, highly functional and a finisher of Madrid's marathon (all adding up to a euphemism for modern ADHD).

Twitter: @efernandez

Jose Luis Agúndez leads the Big Data Silicon Valley technology innovation team at AT&T, exploring innovative concepts with data analytics, trusted computing and machine intelligence. Prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, he led the Big Data Innovation program for data monetization at Telefonica's digital services in Europe.

Jose Luis is a computer scientist who went from C developer at startups to senior architect in complex real-time products, building a solid technology background. For the last 14 years, he has focused on discovering differential technology and ways to take it to market, including product and business development, partnerships and Venture Capital. He has five granted patents, and has contributed to Standardization (3G) and Licensing (4G patent pool).

Jose Luis is a venture capital investor, speaker at public events, panelist and blogger, with a passion for personal data privacy and the applications of Big Data to society and people. He co-founded the consortium DataTransparencyLab.org and authored a series of articles on the "Data-sharing economy" (http://en.blogthinkbig.com/?s=ciberjos)

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