Berkeley, October 23 & 24

VB Summit 2017


Opening Keynote "The ROI of Applied AI" - Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat 

Keynote: "The future of AI is here" with Jeff Dean, Senior Fellow, Google

Keynote: "How AI is disrupting the car industry" with Padmasree Warrior, CEO, NiO

Fireside chat: "AI will drop your customer support by 90%" with Greg Spratto, VP of Operations, Autodesk and Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat

Networking break and optional Workshop with Indeed

Fireside chat: "Using your data at scale to drive growth -- a lesson from Airbnb" with Mike Curtis, VP of Engineering, 


Fireside chat: "How Indeed uses AI to fuel its massive growth" with Raj Mukherjee, SVP of Product, Indeed

Networking Reception

VB Summit 2017 Agenda

Monday, October 23, 2017

1 pm

2 pm

2:10 pm

2:30 pm

2:50 pm

3:10 pm

4 pm

4:20 pm

4:40 pm

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

8 am

9 am 

9:10 am

9:30 am

9:50 am

10:35 am

11:15 am

12:15 pm

12:45 pm

1:45 pm

2:05 pm

2:25 pm

3 pm

Breakfast and registration/Executive Breakfast (by invite only)  

Opening Comments Day 2 - Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat

Keynote: "AI and the visual revolution" with Li Fan, Head of Engineering, Pinterest

Fireside chat: To be announced

Lightning Rounds

Networking break 

Boardroom sessions: To be announced

Networking break


Boardroom session report outs - 3 minutes per session

Mainstage Fireside Chat: To be announced

Closing Keynote with Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat

VB Summit party

Join the thought leaders


Jeff Dean

Senior Fellow,


Prof. Varda Shalev, MD MPH
Director, Institute of Research & Innovation


Padmasree Warrior



Aubrey Blanche

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion,


2017 Speakers

Stan Humphries

Chief Analytics Officer & Chief Economist,

Zillow Group

and more...

Adam Kell


Comet Labs

Varun Jain

Early-Stage VC

Qualcomm Ventures

Milind Naphade



Todd Rogers


Haven Life

Stan Humphries

Chief Analytics Officer

Zillow Group

Wesley Mukai


GE Transportation

Rob High

 IBM Fellow, VP & CTO

IBM Watson

Mike Curtis

VP of Engineering,


Gregg Spratto

Vice President, Worldwide Operations


Ori Geva

Co-Founder & CEO

Medial EarlySign

Li Fan

Head of Engineering,


Commerce: How AI is transforming the explosive mobile commerce industry.

The new AI software leaders: Which AI software vendors will you bet your strategy dollar on? AI has spawned exciting large platforms like Facebook's Bots for Messenger, voice recognition offerings -- like Amazon's Alexa and Echo, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana -- and of course there's big iron options like IBM Watson and infrastructure platforms from Nvidia, Google and more. Learn what to look for to evaluate the leaders, the game changers and the also rans.

Marketing: The key AI trends and technologies brands will want to stay abreast of to maintain digital marketing leadership.

The new leaders: AI has spawned exciting large platforms like Facebook's Bots for Messenger, and voice recognition offerings like Amazon’s Alexa/Echo, Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft’s Cortana. Which of them are leaders to bet on? 

Customer service: AI lets companies recognize customer problems and identify patterns by analyzing data much more quickly, and automating human functions to become more efficient. How much opportunity and success can be achieved this way, and what are the great case studies so far?

A deeper look at massive areas of AI being disrupted: Image recognition, natural language understanding, machine learning for things like price optimization, security, supply chain optimization, customer service and much more.

Operationalizing: How do you make the AI magic happen: from defining your problem, collecting your data, forming algorithms and training your model, and then executing with a human in (or not in) the middle?

AI & Design: Is AI the future of UX, now that interacting with intelligent software and devices — be it at home, work, in the car, or on the go — becomes more natural, intuitive and intelligent?

2017 Topics


VB Summit 2017 will be at the Claremont Hotel & Resort in Berkeley, just a 20-minute drive from downtown San Francisco. The Claremont is one of America’s iconic luxury hotels, overlooking San Francisco Bay. Its close proximity to San Francisco offers out-of-town guests excellent access to all the city offers for leisure or business, but is just far enough away from downtown to provide a perfect retreat setting. 

Check out our special event + hotel package when you register.


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