THE ERA OF COGNITIVE COMPUTING
Alyssa Simpson & Laura Meyer, Program Director & Client Executive at IBM
Alyssa Simpson is an experienced product leader. Proven SME in offering and product management, cognitive/AI, business development, rapid prototyping, big data analytics, channel marketing, mobile app design/development/launch best practices, and customer engagement.
Laura Meyer is currently managing IBM’s sales relationship with Apple Inc., focusing on lines of business (retail, customer service, human resources, marketing and procurement).
She is a leader in sales and business development, specializing in fostering partnerships in the tech industry. She has also managed IT and communication projects to streamline the execution of electronic invoicing at Colgate-Palmolive.
Watson is a question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM's DeepQA project by a research team led by principal investigator David Ferrucci. Watson was named after IBM's first CEO and industrialist Thomas J. Watson. The computer system was specifically developed to answer questions on the quiz show Jeopardy!. In 2011, Watson competed on Jeopardy! against former winners Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. Watson received the first place prize of $1 million.
Vechain co-founder and CEO, Sunny Lu, stops by Draper University before the 2019 Vechain summit in San Francisco to talk all things blockchain, including mass adoption, use-cases and how Vechain is the blockchain with the most applications for enterprise use.
Serial entrepreneur, Jeff Hoffman, stops by the Spring 2019 cohort of Draper University to talk his journey through several successful startups, including Priceline.com, as well as his business ventures outside of the tech space, such as working with Eli Roth on an independent horror film and coordinating concerts with NSYNC. Finally, Jeff imparts his keys to success in business and in life and why he thinks that the skillset of an entrepreneur should not just be limited to the business idea you're working on-- it should be used to it's fullest capacity in building an epic life for yourself.
Andrew Goldner, a former Silicon Valley lawyer and now a founding partner at GrowthX, stops by Draper University to impart the many lessons he learned while working in the Bay Area and beyond, including why your product must solve a problem, why having the most cutting-edge tech in your product won't make it a success, and why venture capital might not be the right way to raise funds for your startup.
Andy Tang, CEO of Draper University and Managing Director of Dragon Draper Fund talks at the Blockchain Connect Conference in San Francisco. He talks about past trends similar to the blockchain and where he thinks blockchain will be in the future.
Jason Calacanis is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, podcaster and writer. He sits down at Draper University to promote his new book Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000.