AI & Academic Luminaries Appointed to Glasswing’s Connect Council

Ashesh Shah
November 17, 2017
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Glasswing Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in the next generation of AI-powered startups, this week unveiled its Connect Council. The Connect Council consists of two working groups: the AI & Academic Group, and the Business Leadership Group. It is the first of three advisory councils to support and extend Glasswing Ventures’ investment strategy. Collectively, these councils bring together 40 renowned entrepreneurs and technologists, AI visionaries, and world-leading executives to exclusively advise and support the firm and its portfolio companies.
Members of Glasswing’s Connect Council AI & Academic Group include:
⦁ Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, Professor at MIT and Oxford University and winner of the ACM A.M. Turing Prize;
⦁ Dr. Brad Berens, Chief Strategy Officer at the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg;
⦁ Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, Founder and Chief Scientist of Jibo, Inc.;
⦁ Dr. Thomas R. Eisenmann, Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship;
⦁ Dr. Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, MIT Professor and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program Director;
⦁ Dr. Manuela Veloso, Herbert A. Simon University Professor and Head of Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University;
⦁ Dr. Peter Weinstock, Executive Director and Anesthesia Endowed Chair of the Boston Children’s Hospital Simulator Program and Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School
Shaping the Next Generation of AI: The Connected World
A critical part of the Glasswing Ventures’ DNA, the Connect Council extends the firm’s strength in providing AI expertise and advice exponentially amplifying Glasswing’s and its portfolio companies’ competitive edge.
“The Connect Council brings tremendous scale to Glasswing, as we help harness the positive potential of AI across industries and markets,” said Rudina Seseri, Managing Partner of Glasswing Ventures. “The Connect Council is a collaborative and vibrant body composed of the most influential thought leaders and innovators in academia and AI technology today. Our team, our founders and portfolio companies, gain access to a brilliant collective of luminaries at the forefront of AI and innovation, who are committed to fueling its success and growth.”
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, MIT Professor and inventor of the World Wide Web noted: “We are standing on the threshold of another major tech disruption and the Connect Council’s work to guide the brightest AI founders and startups as they work to shape the future of AI will be vital.”
Glasswing Ventures’ Connect Council presents a unique opportunity for all members to collaborate, share and pool resources, helping accelerate discovery and development of connected AI consumer and enterprise technology companies.
Glasswing Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to investing in the next generation of AI-powered technology companies that connect consumers and enterprises and secure the ecosystem.
The company was launched 18 months ago. “Our core strategy was to have advisory councils that would help us scale as a firm. But we wanted people who would work with us beyond just lending their names and faces on our website,” said Seseri. The advisors have been working with Glasswing and are just now being announced. Seseri said they each agree to work with Glasswing exclusively. “That is uncommon and difficult to attain; that’s a big achievement,” Seseri said.
Much work in AI is being done in labs and research groups, with commercialization coming rapidly from research in many cases. Having the councils “gives us a look forward to all that is coming out, and the advisors who work with us get to see cutting edge work put into practice.”
For more information, visit Glasswing Ventures.
Source: AI Trends

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