Speakers

 

2018 Chicago Machine Learning VC Summit Keynote Speaker

Chris Shallue

Chris Shallue

Senior Software Engineer, Google AI

Last year, Chris Shallue and his colleagues at Google AI used machine learning to identify exoplanets in the light readings recorded by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope. Join Chris to hear his story on how Google Brain team leveraged NASA's data to discover an eighth planet circling a distant star.

Chris Shallue is a Senior Research Software Engineer within the Google AI team in Mountain View, California. In addition to his work with NASA, he also works on image captioning, natural language modeling and machine learning theory.

Chris was previously a member of the Google Display Ads team where he worked on ad selection and personalization for GMail and Google Maps. Prior to joining Google, Chris was teaching, studying and researching mathematics at Monash University in Australia.

2018 Chicago Machine Learning VC Summit Speakers

Dr. Om Deshmukh

Dr. Om Deshmukh

Research Manager & Senior Scientist, Xerox Research

Dr. Om Deshmukh is Senior Director – Analytics Solutions & Data Sciences Innovations in the Analytics Centre of Excellence at Envestnet | Yodlee. Om and team drive foundational data sciences initiatives to mine actionable insights from the peta-bytes of data that flows through the Envestnet | Yodlee network. These insights impact various aspects of the financial wellbeing of individuals and entities. Prior to Yodlee, Om was with IBM Research and Xerox Research. Om has deep expertise in Machine Learning and Data Analytics, in particular Bayesian Non Parametrics and Generative Models using Deep Neural Networks. At Xerox Research, Om built a team of highly motivated researchers and developers who designed state-of-the-art Machine Learning and Multimedia (speech/text/video) Data Analytics algorithms. He successfully negotiated a first-of-a-kind revenue sharing deal with an ed-tech startup to inject multimedia analytics into their products. At IBM, one of his accomplishments was to build consensus among executives and then present to the CEO a technology strategy for analytics-driven billion-dollar business in ‘Personalized Learning’.  Om has 45+ patents (filed/granted which include 2 high-value) and 50+ international publications (multiple best-paper awards). Om received his PhD from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park, MS from Boston University and B.Tech. from BITS-Pilani.
Ryan Bertram

Ryan Bertram

Engagement Manager, The Chartis Group

Ryan Bertram is a management consultant with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He is currently a manager at The Chartis Group, an advisory services firm that provides management consulting and applied research to leading healthcare organizations. Mr. Bertram’s clients include top academic health systems, large integrated delivery networks, and investor-owned healthcare companies. He advises on a variety of strategic issues, including M&A, enterprise strategy, go-to-market planning, value-based care, physician alignment, and digital health. Mr. Bertram holds a BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

Greg Filla

Greg Filla

Product Manger & Data Scientist, IBM Watson

Greg Filla is a Senior Product Manager for Data Science Experience and Watson Machine Learning at IBM. In this role he works to build the next generation of tools leveraged by data science teams around the world. He is also an avid data scientist, building machine learning pipelines using open source tools in Data Science Experience in order to solve business problems. Greg holds a MS in Predictive Analytics from DePaul University where he focused on Computational Methods.
Ryan Fukushima

Ryan Fukushima

COO, Tempus

Ryan is currently COO of Tempus. He has worked as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur-in-residence at Lightbank, as a Senior Associate at Hyde Park Venture Partners, and at Techstars.
Michael Galvin

Michael Galvin

Executive Director of Data Science Corporate Training, Metis

Michael oversees the data science training and product development for all of Metis’s corporate clients, including Fortune 500 companies across industries. He went to Metis from General Electric where he worked to establish their data science strategy and capabilities for field services and to build solutions supporting global operations, risk, engineering, sales, and marketing. Prior to GE, Michael spent several years as a data scientist working on problems in credit modeling at Kabbage and corporate travel and procurement at TRX. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Computational Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he also spent 3 years working on machine learning research problems related to computational biology and bioinformatics. Additionally, Michael spent 12 years in the United States Marine Corps where he held various leadership roles within aviation, logistics, and training units.
Logan LaHive

Logan LaHive

Managing Director, Techstars

Prior to Techstars, Logan was the founder/CEO of Belly, starting the company in 2011 and stepping into Board of Directors//Advisor role in late 2016. Belly is a digital loyalty platform backed by Andreessen Horowitz, NEA, Lightbank, Cisco, and 7-Eleven. The company was recognized as winner of Chicago Innovation Award in 2013 (and Up-And-Comer Award in 2012), three Moxie Awards (UX, Best B2B Startup, and Startup of the Year), Best Places to Work (Chicago Tribune and National Best & Brightest), and StreetFight Local Innovation Award in 2016. Crain’s Chicago also recognized Logan in their 40 Under 40 class of 2012.
Darwin Ling

Darwin Ling

Founder & Managing Partner, Good AI Capital

Darwin Ling is the founder and managing partner for Good AI Capital, a cross-border venture fund that invests in technology startups that aim to improve society’s economic well being using AI.  Prior to launching Good AI, Darwin served as the CTO and co-founder of SmarterMe, whose mission is to improve sales productivity by bringing AI / Intelligence to the flow of work. Counting enterprise customers such as Danaher (Fortune 500 medical device), Home Depot and GE, SmarterMe was recently acquired.

Darwin also serves as an advisory board member for Alpha Info, an industry 4.0 company that uses advanced technologies such as Big Data Analytics, IoT, Cloud Computing, AOI (Automatic Optical Inspection), Machine Vision to streamline the automation for some of the leading semiconductor foundries/manufacturers in China/Taiwan.

As an investor, Darwin developed quite a knack for picking winners at their formative stages. They include such as SoFi (fintech, student loans), UpCounsel (marketplace for lawyers), and BlackStorm Labs (gaming infrastructure).

Darwin received his MBA (Honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds a BS and MS with distinction in Computer Science and Mathematics from Purdue University.

Cayse Llorens

Cayse Llorens

Venture Capital Senior Associate, Invest Detroit Ventures

Cayse Llorens is a Senior Associate at Invest Detroit Ventures and the founder and managing director of the Chicago Machine Learning Venture Capital Summit. At Invest Detroit, Cayse supports portfolio companies and identifies new investment opportunities among Michigan technology startup entrepreneurs across an array of industries.

Scott Meadow

Scott Meadow

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth

Scott Meadow is a private equity professional and faculty member of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he is a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship. For nearly thirty years, Professor Meadow has been a principal investor in the venture capital and private equity industry. He started his Career at William Blair and Company where he became a Partner in 1983. He has been a General Partner at William Blair Venture Partners, Frontenac Company, the Sprout Group and is an Associate Partner at Edgewater Growth Capital Partners and founder of Maroon Partners, a consultancy enterprise focused on advising entrepreneurial and private equity endeavors and providing expert witness support in commercial disputes.
Tamim Abdul Majid

Tamim Abdul Majid

Principal, OCA Ventures

Tamim has over seven years of experience in technology, finance and entrepreneurship. He got his initial exposure to entrepreneurship and venture capital when he was on the founding team of Stir Inc, which was an augmented reality gaming platform.

Prior to joining OCA Ventures, Tamim worked at a private strategic advisory firm helping companies secure international contracts with foreign national buyers. Tamim was also the financial lead for a payment start up called FreeBeePay. Before that, he was an investment banking analyst at BMO Capital Markets (focused on mergers and acquisitions), and a tax advisory associate at KPMG.

Jason Nolte

Jason Nolte

Ventures Investment Manager, GM Ventures

Jason joined the GM Ventures team as an investment manager in 2015. His automotive portfolio spans genres of machine vision systems, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing, and new materials. Pipeline pursuits include advanced compute platforms, connectivity solutions, and disruptive electric propulsion. Prior to joining GMV, Jason spent nearly a decade in various high tech automotive product and systems engineering roles at GM and has earned the highest level of recognition for technical innovation. His focus is now discovering and supporting companies with innovative technology that can provide GM a competitive advantage in the automotive market.
Victor Pascucci

Victor Pascucci

Managing Partner, Lightbank

Vic has over 20 years’ experience in venture capital, fintech investing and financial services. He has been a part of over $600M in venture capital and M&A transactions. He currently services on the boards of Snapsheet, clearcover and Sprout Social and serves as an advisor to the Chicago Blockchain Center, Currency and Fintech 71.
Stephen Rylander

Stephen Rylander

Head of Technology, Individual Investor Products, Morningstar

Stephen has a background in software engineering, leadership, automation and emerging technologies.  He runs the technology and engineering disciplines for Morningstar’s Individual Investor business focused on helping engaged investors make informed, meaningful decisions to improve their investment outcomes. Previously at Morningstar he ran engineering for the managed accounts retirement business focused on transformation and the development of a data analytics strategy across our digital advice. Before Morningstar he worked in ecommerce focused on scale and growth.

Stephen is interested at where the intersection of software and decisions happen and how to move that conversation forward.

Michael Sachaj

Michael Sachaj

Principal, Hyde Park Angels

Michael is the Principal of Hyde Park Angels. He leads HPA’s investment opportunities through sourcing deals, conducting due-diligence, supporting portfolio company follow-on rounds, and managing investment data. Michael joined HPA after spending a few years as a strategy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C. where he worked on a variety of process and customer service improvement efforts. Michael ​is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Jason Salavon

Jason Salavon

Associate Professor, The University of Chicago

Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material in an effort to present new perspectives on the familiar. His projects unearth unexpected pattern while exploring the relationship between the part and the whole or the individual and the group. Reflecting a natural attraction to popular culture and the day-to-day, his work regularly incorporates the use of common references and source material. The final compositions are exhibited as art objects, such as photographic prints and video installations, while others exist in a real-time software context.

His work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world. Reviews of his exhibitions have been included in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Examples of his artwork are included in numerous prominent public and private collections. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art, and faculty in the Computation Institute, at the University of Chicago. He was also employed for numerous years as an artist and programmer in the video game industry.

Saurabh Sharma

Saurabh Sharma

Partner, Jump Capital

Saurabh has a diverse background in investing, operations & product management and leads Jump’s efforts in Enterprise Software and Infrastructure.

Prior to joining Jump, Saurabh led various roles at Groupon in product, marketing & operations. Previously, he was an early stage investor at Lightbank, an Investment Banker with Barclays Capital, an algo trader with Lehman Brothers, and was a founding team member of Benchprep (a venture-backed digital learning platform).

Saurabh started his career as a High-Performance Computing researcher at French National Institute for Scientific Research where he focused on Compiler Optimization for mission-critical computing.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

CEO & Co-Founder, rMark Bio, Inc.

Jason Smith is the co-founder and CEO or rMark Bio. rMark Bio’s patented intelligence platform, Fabric, unites the real-time business objectives of a pharmaceutical company with the current activities of academic and clinical researchers to deliver evidence-based decisions(TM) that remove inefficiencies and increase the ROI in thier thought leader engagements.
Prior to rMark Bio, Jason held positions in early-stage companies, large multinational corporations and venture capital incubators yielding a rich professional background. In his roles such as Chief Product Officer, VP of Corporate Development, VP of Product, and Chief Architect he has been responsible for the management of various functional areas including technical strategy, product development and operations. Jason has successfully driven the licensing of technologies and intellectual property to companies ranging from medium-size enterprises to the Fortune 500. The licensing includes his own IP contributions, which have been granted multiple domestic and international patents in the fields of video, high-performance computing, graphics architecture and security.
Alya Adamany Woods

Alya Adamany Woods

Executive Director, ChicagoNEXT

Alya Adamany Woods is the Executive Director of ChicagoNEXT, World Business Chicago’s dedicated effort to drive growth and opportunity for Chicago’s tech economy. Governed by a council of technology leaders, ChicagoNEXT strategic focus areas include capital, talent, industry and community and her portfolio of programs includes the Chicago Venture Summit, ThinkChicago, and the Blackstone Inclusive Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Prior to her role at World Business Chicago, Alya was the Managing Director for Innovation Initiatives at the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC), a statewide advocacy group dedicated to cultivating technology-based economic development in Illinois. She co-founded and managed the ISTC’s award-winning Corporate-Startup Challenge, a program designed to create a bridge between major corporations and startup and emerging growth technology firms. She was also the co-creator of the Illinois Innovation Index, a monthly publication developed in conjunction with World Business Chicago to benchmark the city and state’s ability to attract capital, create and retain talent and business, and drive dynamic technologies.

Jessica Zeaske

Jessica Zeaske

Director of Healthcare Investments, GE Ventures

Jessica A. Zeaske, PhD, MBA, serves as Director of Healthcare Investments at GE Ventures in Boston, MA. At GE Ventures, Jessica focuses on Health IT, IT-enabled Health Services, and Non-Invasive Medical Technology investments. Jessica came to GE Ventures from Lemhi Ventures, a fund investing exclusively in health care services and HCIT with over $330M under management based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At Lemhi, Jessica developed investment hypotheses, sourced deals, ran diligence processes,
and served on multiple Boards. Prior to joining Lemhi, Jessica worked on forming and spinning out companies based on University intellectual property at University of Minnesota and Oregon Health & Science University. Jessica began her career writing software for a start-up health care delivery company. She then moved to a merchant bank, Greenspring Advisors, where she wrote numerous
business plans, evaluated, launched and invested in data-driven health care start-up companies. Jessica received an undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University, graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a Master of Health Science and PhD, and completed her MBA with a focus on Healthcare Administration at Regis University. Jessica is currently on the Board of Apervita and Arcadia, and a Board Observer at CareMerge. She previously served on the Boards of PokitDok, PlanSource, OneHealth, Orasi Medical, and Medication Management Solutions. Jessica stays involved with Stanford University by volunteering in various capacities, coaches early stage companies in the public health sector, and serves as a start-up judge and panelist for multiple health care conferences.

For inquiries, updates, or sponsorship requests: please contact Joshua Davis at jddavis@chicagobooth.edu