Speakers & Agenda

Ali Tamaseb




Gabriel Jones



Malcolm Robinson

Executive Director,
Black Venture Capital Consortium


Matt Hershenson

Founding Partner
Playground Global


Michael Carbin

Founding Advisor


Moses Asom

Co-founder and Chair, BIDT committee
Managing Director, BVCC


Stephen Seymour



Ranganathan (Suds) Sudhakar

Technology Intrapreneur



Thursday, December 14, 2023

1:00pm – 1:15pm ET

Welcome & Introduction
Malcolm Robinson, Moses Asom and Alan Cohen

1:15pm – 1:40pm ET

Ali Tamaseb, General Partner, DCVC

This session will explore the transformative power of Deep Tech AI and uncover the lucrative investment opportunities in this dynamic sector.

1:40pm – 2:15pm ET

Stephen Seymour, Associate, DCVC

Unveiling the gems of the DCVC’s Deep Tech Report, this session will spotlight groundbreaking investment prospects poised to reshape the future.

2:15pm – 2:50pm ET

Matt Hershenson, Founding Partner, Playground Global

Playground, an early-stage venture capital firm, invests in founders and companies harnessing technical and scientific breakthroughs to build products for large markets. The founders often have roots in academia and Playground helps provide them with the guidance and platform support needed to succeed in company building.

Matt Hershenson, a co-founder of Playground, will discuss the firm’s investment philosophy as it nurtures groundbreaking innovations from scientific concepts to commercialization across diverse domains like AI, next-gen compute, robotics, engineered biology, and decarbonization. You’ll gain insights from case studies within their portfolio and explore how capital is deployed in the emerging AI landscape.

2:50pm – 3:00pm ET


10 Mins

3:00pm – 3:40pm ET

Michael Carbin, Founding Advisor, MosaicML

Join MosaicML’s Founding Advisor, Michael Carbin, on an inspiring journey as he shares his story of how MosiacML overcame the extreme high cost and time of training large language AI models by algorithmic changes in software that eventually led to a $1.3 B acquisition from Databricks (One of the fastest Unicorn acquisitions EVER).

Gain firsthand insights into the cost of training large language models as well as the opportunities to rethink and optimize their design and construction for significant time and cost savings.

3:40pm – 4:20pm ET

Gabriel Jones, CEO, Proprio

Proprio is revolutionizing the operating room through a proprietary platform that synthesizes artificial intelligence, computer vision, and augmented reality.

Embark on an insightful journey as we reveal Proprio’s transformation from tech-driven start up to customer-centric company that is improving patient outcomes and surgeon wellbeing.

Uncover the keys to successful GTM strategies, master the art of balancing off-the-shelf and customized components, and harness the power of AI integration. Gain valuable insights into product development, manufacturing, and sensible AI usage.

4:20pm – 5:00pm ET

Ranganathan (Suds) Sudhakar, Technology Intrapreneur

Discover how d-Matrix is democratizing AI by making it accessible and affordable for all. Explore the evolution of AI hardware, programming languages, and tools. Identify applications that are poised for AI disruption. Join us for an inspiring session with Suds as he brings in many years of research and product development, corporate development, intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship.

5:00pm ET

Happy Hour / Networking

Network with the group, get questions answered, or simply socialize via Gather.Town.