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FOUNDER

INVESTORS, CORPORATES (FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES) AND STARTUPS

AAKRITI SRIKANTH

www.aakritisrikanth.com Aakriti is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree for 2019 and the San Francisco Business Times' “Most Influential Women in Business." In 2018, Alist and Entrepreneur.com featured her as the "Youngest Influential Woman in AI". Aakriti is a contributing writer for Forbes and Venture Beat. She has written articles on "Women in AI".

Aakriti Srikanth is Founder at AI Venture Amalgamators - the SF super-connector hub - which empowers founders in artificial intelligence especially female founders by HELPING FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES, VENTURE CAPITALISTS AND STARTUPS CONNECT. She organized from scratch the recent Microsoft for Startups "AI for Social Good" panel where she invited a wide range of industry leaders such Wesley Chan (Founder of Google Voice & Google Analytics), Ben Ling (Bling Capital, Former GP at Khosla Ventures), Raman Khanna (Dell Technologies Capital), Justin Fishner-Wolson (Founder & Managing Partner of 137 Ventures, Investor in SpaceX, Spotify) and Saeed Amidi (Founder & CEO of Plug and Play) to connect with Microsoft over a panel discussion. She organized this with Shaloo Garg (Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups Silicon Valley Southwest) and invited the Luminary panelists InSik Rhee (GP of Vertex Ventures and founder of LoudCloud with Marc Andreessen, one of the early investors in Facebook with Accel), Jean English (CMO of Palo Alto Networks, Former CMO of NetApp), Ken Elefant (GP of Sorenson Ventures, former Managing Director of Intel Capital, former Lightspeed Ventures) and Punit Chiniwalla (Managing Director of Singtel Innov8 Ventures) to kickstart a very well-received panel moderated by Forbes AI contributor. This event featured a special appearance of Will Thompson, VP & Managing Director, Forbes AI & Publisher of Magazine.

She hails from the world of VC and she is an AI & branding advisor to Fortune 500 companies, Venture firms and startups.She was a VC Principal at Mitsui Sumitomo (amongst the largest corporate groups in the world). She started her career at hedge fund D. E. Shaw & Co. Since then she has led AI product management and product marketing/business development at Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Red Hat, NetApp and Deloitte.

Aakriti is an AI expert and has been involved in many AI conferences as a keynote speaker, including MLConf, Grace Hopper, and the AI Summit. She grew the Boston Data Science Meetup to 800+ members which included notable data scientists from Google, Facebook, Spotify, Amazon and IBM Watson, and inaugurated the Pragmatic Speaker Series in SF. She is also a Zumba instructor and fitness enthusiast.

She hails from the Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University and also holds a Masters in Computer Science from the Ohio State University, where she won the IBM Watson Competition back when Watson first won against the grand champion on Jeopardy, in addition to launching products at IBM Watson as one of their first and youngest product team members.