Tech Talk : AI @ Google featuring Vicarious AI, Agent.AI and Duncan Davidson of Bullpen Capital

Feb 15 afternoon, I will host my first tech talk: AI  at Google. Hosting two great startups together with the founding partner of Bullpen Capital Duncan. Event can also be viewed through youtub live:

Every month, I will feature 2 great technology presentations by a well established startup, or a technologist of big company in one area, like AI,, Cloud, DeepTech, HealthTech, etc.  Having or knowing  a great new technical product / tread? Become a speaker for the Tech Talk

At this Tech Talk event. here are the two presenting company’s information

Vicarious AI is an artificial intelligence core technology R&D startup based in Silicon Valley, USA. Vicarious approaches AI with a very unique brain-inspired strategy, drawing inspirations from neuroscience and cognitive science and combining them with modern computational modeling techniques such as probabilistic graphical models (PGM). In this talk, we will present Vicarious’ recent papers on generative shape models and hierarchical feature learning. We will discuss our performance on public text recognition benchmarks and show how to outperform deep learning using 6000 times less amount of training data.

Vicarious received 70+ million USD from Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Good Ventures, Elon Musk, Vinod Khosla, Formation 8, Jerry Yang, etc.

Xinghua Lou, Ph.D., is Head of Commercialization at Vicarious AI. Xinghua is a veteran machine learning researcher and practitioner. He has published in many renowned venues such as NIPS, ICML, CVPR, MIT Press, and has won the best paper award in 2012 Machine Learning for Medical Imaging. Xinghua’s current interest is connecting Vicarious AI to impactful real world applications. has raised $2.7 million to give customer service representatives an artificial intelligence copilot to craft responses for customers with complaints. The Sunnyvale, California-based startup recognizes that messaging is growing rapidly as a channel for customer service interactions. While messaging can be efficient and asynchronous, most apps and websites provide a poor customer service experience and cannot easily or economically integrate messaging or bots into their existing infrastructure. is building a platform to help address that.

The funding comes from a number of individual angels, including David Zhao (Evie Labs, ZumoDrive), Ethan Davidoff (RiskIQ, Mixrank), Dave Liu (Bowers & Wilkins, Jefferies), and cofounder and CEO Fred Hsu (, The seed round will accelerate’s platform development, as well as expand its onboarding and sales teams to meet growing customer demand in 2017.

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Barry Coleman is CTO/Co-founder at, a provider of artificial intelligence-enhanced customer service solutions. Prior to, Coleman served as CTO and vice president of support and customer optimization products at ATG, which was acquired by Oracle for $1 billion. Coleman is the author on several patents and applications in the areas of online customer support, including cross-channel data passing, dynamic customer invitation, and customer privacy. He holds a B.A. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex.

Guest Investor:  Duncan Davidson, Founding Partner, Bullpen Capital

Duncan is a serial entrepreneur who most notably founded Covad Communications (the leading independent DSL provider, went public and reached a market value of $9B) and Sky Pilot Networks (developer of outdoor wireless mesh systems, acquired by Trillium in 2009 for connectivity to smart meters). He served as the SVP of Business Development at InterTrust and led the IPO in 1999 and the secondary in 2000 (InterTrust reached a $9B market value in 2000). He spent four years as a managing director at VantagePoint Venture Partners where he focused on digital media and telecom investments including Widevine (acquired by Google) and Livescribe.

Prior to Bullpen, he co-founded one of the first mobile social app companies, Xumii, later sold to Myriad Group and now powering over 200M users in the developing world. At Bullpen he focuses on mobile and consumer Internet investments, and sits on the boards of DoubleDutch, SendHub, and Proformative. Key investments include Byliner, PaidPiper and Twenty20. He received a Sc.B. in physics/math from Brown University, with Honors, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Michigan Law School, where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the Law Review.

Live streaming will be available.

The event is co-hosted by, SVE, Developer Network, SVTeahouse.

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