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Exploring practical applications of artificial intelligence in business. We learn from leading AI startups and executives how AI is reinventing the way we run businesses and our society.

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Exploring practical applications of artificial intelligence in business. We learn from leading AI startups and executives how AI is reinventing the way we run businesses and our society.

    The power of AI in transforming cybersecurity | Gregor Stewart, Sentinel One

    The power of AI in transforming cybersecurity | Gregor Stewart, Sentinel One

    One of the primary benefits of AI in cybersecurity is its ability to enhance perception and reasoning. Traditional security measures often rely on manual analysis of logs and data, which can be time-consuming and prone to human error. AI, on the other hand, can analyze vast amounts of data in real-time, detecting patterns and anomalies that may indicate malicious activity. This improved perception allows for early detection of threats and faster response times.
    In this episode, we speak with Gregor Stewart, an executive at Sentinel One, about the intersection of AI and cybersecurity. Gregor shares his journey in the tech industry, from his early fascination with text adventure games to his academic studies in AI and cognitive science. He discusses the evolution of natural language processing (NLP) and how AI has transformed the field of cybersecurity. He also explains how Sentinel One uses AI to detect and mitigate malicious activity on endpoints and in cloud environments emphasizing the importance of automation and autonomy in cybersecurity and how AI can enhance the speed and accuracy of threat detection and response.
    If your company is looking to scale its AI initiatives, head over to Tesoro AI (www.tesoroai.com). We are experts in AI strategy, staff augmentation, and AI product development. 
    Founder Bio:
    Gregor Stewart is Tech executive with over 20 years of experience in software development (engineering and product management) at both privately and publicly held companies. Deep domain expertise in delivering Data Science, Machine learning and AI applications, with a particular focus on Natural Language technologies, Generative AI models (including fine-tuning, cost optimization) and multi-modal, conversational problems like customer journey modeling. Led and scaled engineering and research teams across the world through IPO (NYSE:MDLA) and private equity aquisition (Thoma Bravo), both organically and by acquisition; Adept at building and scaling large, high-performing distributed teams that successfully deliver products to enterprise and mid-market customers.
    Time Stamps:
    02:20 Introduction and background of Gregor Stewart
    10:12 Balancing expectations as a person guiding AI development
    12:37 Executive challenge of prioritizing and budgeting AI projects
    14:05 Overview of Sentinel One’s core products and implementation of AI.
    16:46 The complexity of maintaining a good security posture
    19:58 The skill level required for resolving security issues with AI assistance
    21:53 AI’s ability to detect and resolve attacks that non-AI systems can’t.
    28:09 How AI allows for more efficient querying of security data.
    31:37 Transitioning from a startup to a larger organization with centralizing AI expertise.
    36:18 Using AI to distribute and answer information
    38:13 What is coming up for Sentinel One in the 2024

    Company website: https://www.sentinelone.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sentinelsec/?hl=es
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SentinelOne
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sentinelone/

    • 40 min
    Challenges of Data Collaboration in the World of AI | Alon Kaufman, Duality

    Challenges of Data Collaboration in the World of AI | Alon Kaufman, Duality

    In a world driven by data, organizations are constantly seeking ways to collaborate and leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to solve complex problems. However, the challenge lies in the fact that data collaboration often requires sharing sensitive information, which raises concerns around privacy, security, and intellectual property (IP) protection.
    In this episode we interview Alon Kaufman, the CEO of Duality Technologies, about the challenges and solutions surrounding data collaboration in the age of AI. Alon shares his journey in the field of AI, starting from his early days in computational neuroscience to his experience at RSA and ZoomInfo. He explains the problem of data collaboration and the need for secure methods to share data while maintaining privacy and security.
    Alon introduces Duality Technologies and its mission to unlock the potential of data collaboration through encryption and privacy-enhancing technologies. He discusses the unique approach of using mathematics and encryption to enable secure data collaboration, highlighting the benefits for industries such as healthcare, finance, and government.
    If your company is looking to scale its AI initiatives, head over to Tesoro AI (www.tesoroai.com). We are experts in AI strategy, staff augmentation, and AI product development.
    Founder Bio:
    Alon Kaufman, Co-Founder and CEO of Duality Technologies, has 20 years of experience in the hi-tech arena, commercializing data-science technologies, leading industrial research and corporate innovation teams. Prior to founding Duality he served as RSA’s global director of Data Science, Research and Innovation. In addition to his leadership experience, he is accomplished in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning and how they interplay with security and privacy, with over 30 approved US patents in these fields. He holds a PhD. in Computational Neuroscience and machine learning from the Hebrew University and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
    Time Stamps:
    01:40 Alon’s background and transition into AI
    04:52 Alon’s experience in data science and problem-solving
    07:37 The challenge of data collaboration within AI
    10:22 Duality as a software solution for data collaboration
    13:34 Encrypted collaboration without sharing data
    17:54 AI’s role in accessing unbiased data
    20:33 Using duality to access partner’s data
    23:50 Duality as a try-before-buy platform for startups
    26:25 Government collaboration for cross-border use cases
    29:06 The technical talent required in the early phases of building Duality
    32:06 Building a global team and leveraging expertise in different locations
    34:32 Balancing remote work and in-office collaboration for productivity
    38:46 The funding journey and the benefits of being part of the AI ecosystem.
    40:04 What is coming up for Duality in the 2024
    Company website: https://dualitytech.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DualityTech
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/duality-technologies/

    • 43 min
    The Rise of Generative AI: Creating Competitive Advantage | Bartek Roszak, STXNext

    The Rise of Generative AI: Creating Competitive Advantage | Bartek Roszak, STXNext

    Generative AI, particularly retrieval augmented generation (RAG), is in high demand as companies seek to leverage its capabilities to improve operational efficiency and enhance customer experiences. - Building a successful generative AI project requires a combination of engineering and research skills, as well as a deep understanding of the specific use case and data sources involved. - Ongoing maintenance and monitoring are crucial for ensuring the continued success of generative AI projects, as models need to be regularly updated and evaluated to maintain accuracy and relevance.
    Today we sit with Bartek Roszak, who is the head of AI at STXNext, about the integration of ethical AI practices and compliance. Bartek shares his journey in AI, starting as a stock trader and transitioning to data science and deep learning. He discusses the evolution of STXNext from a Python development house to an AI-powered company and the growing demand for generative AI solutions. Bartek explains the concept of retrieval augmented generation (RAG) and its applications in various industries. He also highlights the importance of prompt engineering and the challenges of maintaining AI models post-deployment.
    If your company is looking to scale its AI initiatives, head over to Tesoro AI (www.tesoroai.com). We are experts in AI strategy, staff augmentation, and AI product development.
    Founder Bio:
    Bartek Roszak is a luminary in the AI sphere and the driving force behind STXNext’s AI strategy. With significant roles and achievements in the field of AI, Bartek has a background in stock trading and transitioned to data science and deep learning. He has experience in building AI solutions for various industries and specializes in generative AI, particularly in the area of retrieval augmented generation (RAG). Bartek is passionate about integrating AI into business operations and helping companies leverage AI for competitive advantage.
    Time Stamps:
    02:26 Bartek’s background and transition into AI
    04:51 Evolution of STXnext into an AI-focused company
    07:12 Popular AI use cases and interest in generative AI
    10:07 What is retrieval augmented generation (RAG): Use cases and interest
    12:51 External uses of generative AI with high demand
    14:48 Skills required to build and deploy gen AI products
    16:38 Minimum experience with LLMs or machine learning needed to work with Gen AI
    19:49 The importance of quality assurance in machine learning projects
    21:43 Importance of having skillsets in prompt engineering.
    23:19 Diversifying LLM base to mitigate downtime risks
    24:52 Creating a competitive advantage by using LLM as part of a larger system
    28:04 The process of working with clients on AI use cases
    32:51 Post-project maintenance and client involvement
    34:23 Transitioning the project to the client’s data science team
    36:40 STX Next’s plans for 2024
    Company website: https://www.stxnext.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/STXNext
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stx-next-ai-solutions/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stx_next/

    • 38 min
    Building and Deploying of Generative AI Solutions | Ehmad Zubair, Cogent Labs

    Building and Deploying of Generative AI Solutions | Ehmad Zubair, Cogent Labs

    Generative AI has become a game-changer in various industries, with applications ranging from content generation to market research. - The demand for generative AI talent is high, and it is an employee’s market in this field. - Prompt engineering is crucial in effectively communicating with language models and ensuring accurate and human-like outputs.
    Building Gen AI products requires a different skill set compared to traditional software development. It’s important to understand prompt engineering, have knowledge of neural networks and backpropagation, and be familiar with frameworks like Langchain and vector databases.
    In this episode, we interview Ehmad Zubair, the co-founder of a web and mobile development agency that has recently shifted its focus to generative AI. Ehmad shares his journey from being a software engineer to diving headfirst into the world of AI. He discusses the challenges of building real-world AI applications and the skill sets required for success in the field. Ehmad also highlights the exciting use cases his company is working on, including AI-powered content generation and market research tools. Don’t miss this insightful conversation about the booming world of Gen AI.
    If your company is looking to scale its AI initiatives, head over to Tesoro AI (www.tesoroai.com). We are experts in AI strategy, staff augmentation, and AI product development. 
    Founder Bio:
    Ehmad Zubair is the visionary CEO of Cogent Labs, a cutting-edge software development agency he founded in 2021. With a robust foundation in software engineering since 2014, Ehmad has steered Cogent Labs from its inception to a dynamic team of 52 professionals in just three years. Under his leadership, the company has carved out a niche in Generative AI, alongside web and mobile development, contributing to global impact projects, including collaborations with UNICEF's Internet of Good Things.
    Ehmad is not just a business leader but also an influential voice in the tech community, running a successful YouTube channel. Here, he shares insights into the software engineering landscape in Pakistan, offering valuable knowledge to aspiring engineers and industry veterans alike.
    Outside of his professional pursuits, Ehmad is an avid football enthusiast and a content creator, further showcasing his diverse interests and talents. Follow his journey and insights on his website, cogentlabs.co, on Instagram @ehmad.zubair, and on his YouTube channel, Ehmad Zubair, to stay at the forefront of software engineering and Generative AI innovations.
    Time Stamps: 
    02:09 Introduction and background of Ehmad Zubair
    04:06 The rise of online programs like Udacity for AI upskilling
    07:46 Entry into building real-world AI applications
    09:48 Use cases and applications of generative AI
    14:48  Challenges of selling Gen AI to enterprise customers due to data privacy and security concerns
    18:05 Challenges of working with cutting-edge generative AI models
    21:04 Importance of hiring curious and adaptable team members
    22:00 Required skills for building generative AI products
    25:56 Prompt engineering as a programming language for generative AI
    27:58 Code is still the most efficient way to program machines.
    29:41 Finding the right talent for Gen AI 
    32:28 Building tools to save time and money is the focus.
    34:54 Upcoming Projects for this 2024.
    37:30 Introduction to a fact-checking AI agent that helps minimize hallucinations and hyperboles
    40:11 How to get in contact with the Cogen Labs team
    Company website: https://cogentlabs.co/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cogent.labs.co
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cogent.labs.co/

    • 40 min
    AI for Automating Mundane Tasks in Group Collaboration | Jason Flaks, Xembly

    AI for Automating Mundane Tasks in Group Collaboration | Jason Flaks, Xembly

    In today’s fast-paced business environment, time is a valuable resource. Yet, many employees find themselves bogged down by mundane tasks that hinder their ability to focus on more strategic work. Xembly, an AI-powered platform, seeks to address this challenge by automating group tasks and streamlining collaboration processes.
    In this episode, we interview Jason Flaks, co-founder of Xembly, about the role of AI in automating mundane tasks for knowledge workers. Jason shares his nontraditional path into the world of AI, starting as a musician and transitioning to software engineering. He discusses the pain points Xembly aims to solve, such as group collaboration tasks like scheduling meetings and taking meeting notes. Jason explains the special sauce of AI in solving these problems more efficiently and highlights the differentiation of Xembly from other tools in the market. He also dives into the various AI components involved in Xembly’s solution, including conversational understanding, planning, negotiation, and distribution of information.
    If your company is looking to scale its AI initiatives, head over to Tesoro AI (www.tesoroai.com). We are experts in AI strategy, staff augmentation, and AI product development. 
    Founder Bio: 
    Jason is presently serving as the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Xembly, where he leverages years of expertise in adeptly crafting software products rooted in cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Speech Recognition, Audio Signal Processing, and Streaming Media. As a founding member of both the Microsoft Xbox Kinect and HoloLens teams, he played a pivotal role in groundbreaking innovations, notably contributing as the primary inventor of open microphone, no push-to-talk speech recognition. With a remarkable portfolio boasting 40+ patents in conversational AI and natural language innovations, Jason brings a wealth of knowledge to the tech industry. He holds a Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Miami.
    Time Stamps: 
    01:48 Introduction and background of Jason Flaks
    08:17 Pain points that lead to creating Xembly
    14:00 How Calendly works well in a lopsided marketplace but not in an organization
    18:26 The focus on solving the end-to-end lifecycle problem
    22:43 Differentiating between AI and language models
    24:20 AI challenges in identifying speakers in a room
    26:19 Challenges of building a dialogue system for group negotiations
    29:30 Importance of planning, negotiation, and decision-making in AI systems
    31:50 Hiring resources for AI product development
    35:40 Importance of expertise in conversational AI for feature generation
    38:41 Benefits of domain expertise in building AI systems
    40:04 Getting the right person for the right job
    44:06 What new updates can we expect from Xembly in 2024
    47:24 How to get in contact with the Xembly Team
    Company website: https://www.xembly.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeetXembly
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/xembly/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meetxembly/

    • 48 min
    Revolutionizing Workforce Learning with AI Mentorship | Iulian Vlad, Korbit

    Revolutionizing Workforce Learning with AI Mentorship | Iulian Vlad, Korbit

    The rise of online learning platforms like Coursera and Udemy has created a massive demand for learning new skills. However, the completion rates on these platforms have been disappointingly low, with only 1% to 2% of learners actually finishing a course. This is due to the lack of personalization and the absence of support for learners who may have different backgrounds and prerequisites.
    Korbit recognized this problem and set out to create a solution that would address the individual needs of learners. Their initial approach was to build an e-learning platform that used AI to personalize the learning experience. However, they soon realized that even with personalization, learners still struggled to identify what skills they needed to learn and how to apply them in their jobs.
    In this episode, we sit with Iulian Vlad, CEO and Co-founder of Korbit. Iulian shares his journey from being a math and AI enthusiast to working on personal assistants for Amazon's Echo device. He discusses the pain points in online learning and workforce training, highlighting the lack of personalization and the disconnect between learning and job requirements. Iulian explains how Korbit's AI mentor platform solves these issues by providing personalized, in-context learning within the workflow of software engineers. He also discusses the challenges of remote work and the importance of building a strong team culture.
    If your company is looking to scale its AI initiatives, head over to Tesoro AI (www.tesoroai.com). We are experts in AI strategy, staff augmentation, and AI product development.
    Founder Bio:
    Iulian is the founder of Mila spin-off Korbit, a startup on a mission to transform the future of work and learning on the job. Korbit is building an AI Mentor for Software Engineering which does code reviews and just like a senior engineer detects issues and explains how-to fix them. The AI Mentor can detect over 10,000 issues from critical bugs and security vulnerabilities to code architecture and performance issues. The AI Mentor then trains the software engineering team to resolve them. The result: teams ship code better, faster and accelerate their code review process by 10x while improving code quality and upskilling engineers.
    Iulian completed his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and his Master's in Computer Science and Computational Statistics. He is the winner of the C2 Emerging Entrepreneurs Award and NeurIPS Competition Award, and is an alumni of the Mila research lab with over 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers and books published to date. Iulian was the employee #1 of Copenhagen startup DigiCorpus building AI for healthcare solutions. There he developed from scratch their AI-powered physiotherapy solution and launched it into the market.
    Time Stamps:
    02:06 Julian’s background in AI and his work on personal assistants
    06:00 The pain point in workforce training and learning
    09:52 Companies’ struggle to identify future skill needs
    12;48 Korbit’s approach to personalized learning and relevancy
    15:00 Building an AI mentor product that identifies needs and delivers targeted  Micro lessons.
    20:25 Why technical founders struggle to attract business people and vice versa.
    22:44 Managers often don’t know what their team needs or the skills their team members hav.
    24:37 Training must focus on real issues, not management’s assumptions
    27:26 Using data from code repositories and comments to identify issues and make recommendations
    30:52 Prioritizing privacy by deleting source code and offering a self-hosted solution
    33:37 Remote team and best practices for remote work using the product internally
    37:01 Fundraising journey for an AI startup
    40:48 Challenges of AI startups and competition with OpenAI
    42:15 Languages Supported By the Engineer AI mentor
    44:16 What coming up, contact information, and how to learn more about Korbit
    Company website: https://www.korbit.ai/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.c

    • 46 min

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