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WAMVentures thanks our insightful speakers focused on AI (Artificial Intelligence) + Machine Learning + FutureTech!



Erik Nordlander, Engineering Partner - GVErik joined the GV team in 2010 as an engineering partner. He is based out of New York City. Along with his technical knowledge, he brings expertise in building top notch engineering teams and scaling complex systems.

Prior to joining GV, Erik led the team that built Google’s next generation display ad serving system. He helped Google’s acquisition and technical integration for Doubleclick (DCLK) and led a team that built statistical modeling and machine learning models for Google’s ad businesses. Erik was also a developer on Google’s core engineering infrastructure, including a distributed file system that key products, such as and Gmail, rely on today.

Erik studied computer science and engineering at MIT, where he did his graduate research at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory on unique data extraction and disk forensics. 

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Cigdem Altay Binal, Director, Wesley Clover International Cigdem has over 10 years experience in technology industry having served in various roles in software design, product and project management, marketing and business development. For the past 2 years Cigdem has focused her efforts on building relationships with investment firms and the startup community in New York on behalf of both Wesley Clover International and L-SPARK. She is a mentor with Founder Institute and is a Women inPower fellow.

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Pano Anthos, Founder & Managing Director - XRC LabsPano leads XRC Labs as its Founder and Managing Director. Having founded 4 startups around key platform shifts, he saw the seismic shift coming to retail and with the right vision and timing recruited Parsons School of Design and Kurt Salmon to be founding sponsors. Now with 18 accelerated startups, 10 active world class retail sponsors, 60+ business mentors, Pano has built a world-class ecosystem for retail and consumer goods innovation at XRC Labs. He speaks regularly at NRF national and regional meetings, Shoptalk and RILA executive conferences. He leverages a deep startup network in Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston to fuse leading technology, E-commerce and user experience innovations to existing customer-oriented businesses.

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WAMVentures also thanks our Community Partners:

ThoughtWorks is a software company and a community of passionate, purpose-led individuals. We think disruptively to deliver technology to address our clients' toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change.

The ThoughtWorks mission is to better humanity through software and help drive the creation of socially and economically just world. We bring together the most capable, driven and passionate people we call them 'ThoughtWorkers' - to:

* Run a sustainable business

* Champion software excellence and revolutionize the IT industry

* Advocate passionately for social and economic justice

Sava360 is a platform connecting Influencers with Innovators & Entrepreneurs to share ideas, source deals & raise social consciousness.

Shufflrr is presentation management. It turns one-and-done files into enterprise communications assets.  With its advanced search and visualization of files, Shufflrr expedites the creation, distribution, re-use, updating, sharing, broadcasting and tracking of not just PowerPoint but all file types throughout your organization.

The StartupOneStop newsletter is a first read of investors, entrepreneurs and the tech press globally, with its insightful editorial, and coverage of the top news of the week and curated events of special interest to the New York tech community. StartupOneStop is written and curated by Bonnie Halper, a superconnector who has been covering tech in NY since the early days of Web 1.0

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