San Francisco | July 11 & 12, 2017

MB 2017

Tuesday, July 11

Registration and breakfast

Opening remarks with VentureBeat CEO Matt Marshall

Fireside Chat: “Facebook’s vision for Messenger and business interactions” with Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Messenger, Facebook:      See details

Lightning Talk: "How shopping giant Walmart uses AI to bridge online and offline worlds" with Laurent Desegur, VP of Customer Experience, WalmartLabs and Blaise Zerega, Editor in Chief, VentureBeat:      See details

“How Mobile and A.I. Are Changing the Nature of Personalization” Fireside chat with Felipe Araujo, Director of Ecommerce, Diane von Furstenberg and Graham Cooke, CEO, Qubit.      See details

Strategic company announcement from Digital Genius

Networking Break/Consultations

Dedicated Sessions:

“Delivering mobile customer engagement: Retailers push mobile to the edge” with Siqi Chen, VP of Product, Postmates; Gregg Brockway, CEO of Chairish, Saumil Mehta, Customers Lead, Square; Nikihil Raghavan, Etsy Vice President of Product for Search and Machine Learning, moderated by Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat.   See details

“AI 101: It's all about the data, stupid” with Safia Ali, Director of UX, StubHub; Jean-Francois Gagne, CEO, ElementAI; more speakers to be announced.      See details

“Bot butlers: 5 things you need to know about home assistants and the future” with Deep Varma, VP of Data Engineering at Trulia; Kyle Nel, Executive Director, Lowe’s Innovation Labs, Lowe’s; Michele Chambers Turner, General Manager, Nest; Blair Hanley Frank, VentureBeat.        See details

"Games: Where will tech disruption come from over the next 12 months" with VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi; Margaret Wallace, CEO, Playmatics;  Adam Fletcher, CEO, Gyroscope; Kabir Mathur, Head of Business Development, Kiip; Brandon Wirtz, CEO and Founder, Recognant.

Mainstage: "A Million Influencers: the Next Wave of Disruption in Video" with Hans Ku, Chief Product Officer, Flipagram and Rex Lin, Head of Product, Flipagram; Nancy Hua, CEO, Apptimize.

Strategic company announcements


Lunch break

     Networking Lunch in VB commons

Company briefings from Slack; Verto Analytics

New AI Startup Showcase      See details

Name Brands with AI Traction Showcase:        See details

     Gabriel Kauffman, CEO, Gobtech

     Swapnil Shinde, CEO, Mezi

     Maggie Moran, Head of Product, Hopper

     Matthias Keller, Chief Scientist, Kayak

     Meghan Laffey, Vice President of Product, GoPro

     Jim Blomo, Director of Engineering, Yelp 

Strategic company announcement  from Appdome

Networking Break/Expo

Dedicated Sessions:

“Fintech Disruption: Five lessons learned from banking AI” with Jake Tyler, CEO,; Dan Stern, Senior Manager of Innovation Delivery, ATB Financial; Massimo Mascaro, Director, Data Engineering and Data Science, Intuit; Dion Lisle, VP, Fintech, CapGemini; Wendy Schuchart, Analyst, VentureBeat.      

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"AI 102: Training your algorithms and model” with Joe Bentley, VP of Engineering, GoPro; Erbil Karaman, Head of Product Marketplace, Lyft; Anthony Goldbloom, CEO and co-founder, Kaggle.         See details

“All bots and a bag of chips: New chatbot strategies for customer engagement” with Geeta Wilson, VP of Customer Experience with Humana and Henry Bzeih, Managing Director of Connected and Mobility, KIA USA; Himesh Patel, Creative Director, Dow Jones of the Wall Street Journal,  and Daniel Brusilovsky, Digital Initiatives Lead, Golden State Warriors.      See details

Networking Break

"Real ROI from applied AI" with Rashmy Chatterjee, CMO North America IBM       See details

Fireside Chat: Coca-Cola unabashed AI strategy: Up front and personal with Greg Chambers, Global Director, Coca-Cola; Lauren Kunze, CEO, PandoraBots and Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat.       See details

Closing Keynote: "AI Lessons from the frontlines" with Christa Quarles, CEO, OpenTable

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Join the thought leaders

Wednesday, July 12

Breakfast (informal/optional) - Talent: How to organize your marketing team to tackle AI with  Charlie Cole, CDO Tumi/Samsonite, Joe Megibow, former CDO American Eagle Outfitters.     See Details


Swami Sivasubramanian, VP of AI, Amazon, will discuss Amazon's latest AI offerings for mobile app developers. Andy Lapin, Chief Architect for Kelley Blue Book, will showcase an example of the technology in action.       See details

Strategic company announcement: Findo

Keynote: "The NYTimes, AI and long term engagement" A conversation with Nick Rockwell, CTO, New York Times, and Blaise Zerega, Editor In Chief of VentureBeat.      See details

Networking Break/Consultations

Dedicated Sessions:

“How AI takes flight in the travel industry” with Matthias Keller, Chief Scientist of Kayak, Adam Medros, SVP of Global Product, TripAdvisor, and Swapnil Shinde, CEO of Mezi, and John Koetsier, Moderator.     See details

“AI 103: Setting up your ML team” with Andy Barkett, VP of AI and Analytics for Rex Real Estate; Jake Klamka, Founder, Insight Data Science; Ahmad Abdulkader, CTO, WorkFit; Brandon Purcell, AI Analyst, Forrester Research.      See details

“Engagement at scale: How the social giants make it happen” with Thomas Dimson, Head data software engineer at Instagram, Erran Berger, VP of Engineering at LinkedIn, Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat.      See details

"VC outlook on AI's impact to Adtech and MarTech" with Tim Guleri, Partner, Sierra Ventures; Lisa Calhoun, Founding Partner, Valor Ventures; Blair Hanley Frank, moderator, VentureBeat.

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Main Stage Session: "Rethinking commerce: A playbook for shifting to a realtime, conversational approach to selling." With Justin Hughes, VP of Product, Nordstrom Trunk Club; Ron Palmeri, Founder and CEO, Layer, and Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology, VentureBeat.      See details

Main Stage Session: "How The New York Times Is Using Labor Automation To Modernize Media" A conversation 

with New York Times CTO Nick Rockwell & WorkMarket Director of Product Alex Hunsucker

AI Showcase with makers, providers and vendors including Chatfuel, Appli Tools, Soul Machines,, Emaze and Clarifai, and Google Assistant.

“Artificial Intelligence: Let’s cut the bullshit” with Charlie Cole, CDO, Tumi      See details

Strategic company announcement    

Workshop: “Ecommerce Product Discovery on Mobile Web” with Simon Jaffrey, Qubit

Workshop: "Building Mobile Apps, APIs, and Chatbots on AWS" with Dennis Hills, Mobile Developer Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Lunch and networking in the VB commons


Keynote: “Food, cities and where AI will be in five years” with Tony Xu, CEO, DoorDash      See details

Fireside Chat: "The future of commerce and AI"  with Japjit Tulsi, eBay's VP of Engineering and Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat.      See details

Networking Break

Dedicated Sessions:

Mainstage: "What if Google, Amazon and Facebook had STARTED with AI algos vs adding them now?" with Peter Relan, board of directors, Discord and GotIt

“The Feedback loop: AI, Machine Learning and the Human in the Middle” with Oscar Celma, Director of Research at Pandora.       See details

“A deep dive into early ROI: How the retail industry embraces bots and AI” with Sherif Mityas, Head Strategy and Brand Initiatives at TGI Fridays, Chris Chapo, VP of customer data and analytics, Gap; Heather Bell, Innovation Product Manager, American Eagle Outfitters; Lauren Kunze, CEO, PandoraBots.      See details

“Mobile ad personalization: It’s now or never” with Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology and Roz Chinchiolo, Managing Partner, Fetch.    See details

“Design and Digital marketing with AI: A new era of opportunity and challenges” with Marc Maleh, Global Director, Havas; Lauren Von Dehsen, Head of HVAC and UX, Nest; Tim Allen, Partner Global Design, Microsoft; Christian Guirnalda, Director of Open Innovation, Verizon.       See details

Mainstage: "You Don't have AI Problems, You Have Data Problems" with Kiyoto Tamura, VP Marketing, Treasure Data

Networking Break and consultations

Strategic company announcements

Fireside chat:  "The Next Generation Travel Assistant" Matthias Keller, Chief Scientist, Kayak, and Matt Marshall, CEO, VentureBeat

AI Hackathon Winners Announced with Blaise Zerega

Fireside Chat: "How AI is changing the commerce experience" with Jeremy Stanley, VP of data science at Instacart and Stewart Rogers, Director of Marketing Technology at VentureBeat.         See details

"Secrets of using AI: It's the data" with Mike Curtis, VP of Engineering at Airbnb, and Ina Fried, Chief Technology Correspondent at Axios.      See details

Closing Keynote: "Top 10 Battle Scars and how to avoid them" with Lauren Kunze, CEO of PandoraBots and Clara de Soto, Co-Founder of     See details

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