As developments, standards and controversy around Artificial Intelligence (AI) explodes, compelling new groups are emerging that will drive expansion and implementation of AI at a new pace and depth. However, one such exclusive, burgeoning collective entitled #AIShowbiz Executive Roundtable is making particular moves. This Roundtable is one of the first business communities in the country solely dedicated to the intersection of AI and the entertainment industry, and it has powerful plans for 2018.
In fact, the #AIShowbiz Executive Roundtable is an ancillary property of the larger #AIShowbiz Summit which actually just completed its second-year of panels and keynotes with various influencers in AI from around the world during a day-long conference in Los Angeles, California. The overall #AIShowbiz organization is founded and helmed by Molly Lavik, creator of Mentor Insight, a media and market development company. She is one of just a few women in the space helping to shape the force of AI and the entertainment industry through the power of information dissemination and the convening of influential leaders.
“I’ve always known my path and purpose in life is to help others succeed. After many years of working with remarkable entrepreneurs helping them transform their venture visions into reality, I decided to create this community so that outstanding entrepreneurs could be supported via first-hand introductions to key financiers and other resources that would scale their AI businesses and, thereby, accelerate the industry overall,” explains Lavik. To date, she has produced six, invitation-only assemblies of the Roundtable.
While the #AIShowBiz Summit itself is a unique event in AI given the convening 175 attendees, 38 speakers and 10 hand-picked entrepreneurs who pitch during a special session, it is the 65 insider sub-section of the organization that is truly shaping the future of AI in this specific arena. Taking place during strategic points of the year, the next #AIShowBiz Executive Roundtable will be held in March 2018 in Austin, Texas right before the SXSW Conference.
Such key minds as Manoj Saxena, noted for commercializing IBM Watson and now currently the Chairman of Cognitive Scale, are involved. In fact, he also provided the opening address for the latest #AI Showbiz Summit. In his address, Saxena said, “AI represents tremendous potential in terms of transforming business and society and will allow human creativity and potential to flourish over the next decade. AI, when combined with Blockchain, provides even more exciting opportunities for new entrepreneurs to innovate and create new market-leading companies. There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur than today.” Indeed, Saxena also oversees the Entrepreneurs’ Fund IV, a $100M seed fund focused exclusively on cognitive computing with a lens on social good for both social and enterprise. Over the past four years, Saxena’s team funded nine high potential companies that today have a combined valuation of over $1billion.