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 $1 million.
Kara Goldin is founder and CEO of hint inc., the San Francsico-based company which produces the leading unsweetened flavored water. hint® also recently launched a sunscreen spray that is oxybenzone and paraben-free and scented with hint fruit essence.
Kara has been named among Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes' 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.
Garrett Smallwood, VP of Product for the acclaimed dog-walking app Wag, stops by Draper University to provide is insights on the importance of moving fast in Silicon Valley startups and how to do it right.
Andy Tang, CEO of Draper University and Managing Director of Dragon Draper Fund talks at the Blockchain Connect Conference in San Francisco. He talks about past trends similar to the blockchain and where he thinks blockchain will be in the future.
Jesse Damiani is Editor-at-Large of VRScout and the CEO of Galatea, a writing and project management tool for immersive storytelling. He's also Series Editor for Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press) and the author of @endless$pectator: The Screens Suite #loliloquy (BlazeVOX, 2017). Other writing can be found on Quartz, IndieWire, and HuffPost.
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.