Tag Archives: Innovation

Yoshua Bengio, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Montreal, Co-Founder of Element AI

In this interview, Yoshua Bengio, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Supervised verses unsupervised deep learning
  • The heart of deep learning: disentangled representations
  • The genesis and mission of Element AI
  • Exploratory AI research verses applied AI research
  • The development of the Montreal Institute of Learning Algorithms (MILA)
  • The significance Yoshua places on supportive and collaborative cultures
  • The evolution of AI in Montreal
  • Yoshua’s concerns bout lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs)

Andrew Moore, Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University

In this interview, Andrew Moore, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The genesis of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science
  • The history of artificial intelligence
  • Aspects of human intelligence that have been automated to date
  • The impact of automation on jobs
  • Automated personal assistants as the predictor for the future eminent AI company
  • CMU’s strategies for retaining faculty talent
  • The two distinct safety concerns of AI
  • The supportive relationship between Pittsburgh’s government, universities, and tech and manufacturing companies

Taso Du Val, Co-Founder & CEO of Toptal

In this interview, Taso Du Val, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Toptal’s mission
  • Finding, screening, and monitoring talent
  • Toptal’s two engagement models: Talent Model and Toptal Projects
  • Taso’s entrepreneurial journey
  • Advantages Toptal has gained by developing their own CRM, ERP, VPM systems
  • Future talent verticals

What Are Microservices? – Part 2: An Interview With Confluent CEO Jay Kreps

What are microservices? In the first part in this series, I interviewed Matt Miller of Sequoia Capital. In this, the second part of the series, I interview Jay Kreps, the founder and CEO of Confluent, an open-source streaming platform based on Apache Kafka. Kreps developed Kafka while he was the Principal Staff Engineer at LinkedIn. Three years ago, he left that social media giant to develop his own company to develop real-time data streams leveraging microservices.
In this interview, he describes his entrepreneurial journey, highlights the opportunity that microservices offer to large and small companies alike, and offers advice on how best to harness the power of this trend.

What Are Microservices? – Part 1: An Interview With Matt Miller Of Sequoia

Matt Miller is a Partner at Sequoia Capital, and he is among the foremost experts on microservices. He has invested in many leading companies in the space, and maintains a microservices ecosystem roadmap that highlights the various aspects of the topic and the leaders in each aspect. He seemed like the perfect person to ask the question, “What are Microservices?”

Paul Fipps, Chief Technology Officer of Under Armour

Under Armour used to be known primarily for its moisture-wicking t-shirts. In the 21 years since the company was established in founder and CEO Kevin Plank’s grandmother’s basement, the company has expanded its product line extensively to include hats, pants, shoes, gloves, bags, and the like.
In recent years, the company has made three strategic acquisitions that will continue to reshape the company. With the acquisitions of MapMyFitness, EndoMondo, and MyFitnessPal, the company has become the largest digital health and fitness community in the world. Peter High recently spoke with Under Armour’s Chief Technology Officer Paul Fipps, who leads this digital transformation of the company. He sees the future as a combination of the physical and the digital, where one’s clothing and accessories provide better information on heart rates and sleep quality.

Alan Trefler, Founder & CEO of Pegasystems

In this interview, Alan Trefler, discusses World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • The evolution of business process management to digital process automation
  • Pegasystem’s Model-Driven platform
  • The value of “cloud choice” for customers
  • Pegasystems’ customer- driven acquisition strategy
  • The rational for Pegasystem’s decision to not pursue venture capital
  • Alan’s book: Build for Change: Revolutionizing Customer Engagement through Continuous Digital Innovation
  • How Alan’s passion for chess influenced his career path

    Eash Sundaram, EVP and Chief Digital & Technology Officer of JetBlue Airways

    In this interview, Eash Sundaram, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • JetBlue’s Mission: “to bring humanity back to air travel”
    • JetBlue’s biometrics boarding process
    • The two measures JetBlue uses to measure the success of their culture
    • Improving customer experience by merging technology and culture
    • JetBlue Technology Ventures: a venture capital subsidiary of JetBlue
    • JetBlue’s Innovation Lab
    • Eash’s board experience with Champ CargoSystems and SITA
    • Bringing multiple disciplines together to drive success
    • Eye on the trends: near field communication technologies

    Jeff Pashalides, Head of Corporate for Sequoia

    In this interview, Jeff Pashalides, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The symbiotic relationship between practitioners, the venture community, and the founding community
    • Sequoia’s CIO activities and events
    • Jeff’s insights into the importance of security, artificial intelligence, and the public cloud to CIOs
    • How Sequoia helps clients cut through the noise to see what is real
    • Strategies for the successful development and implementation of new technology
    • Two things enterprise technology can learn from consumer technology
    • Eye on the trends: cloud security, focus on talent

    Stuart Sackman, Corporate Vice President of Global Product and Technology for ADP

    In this interview, Stuart Sackman, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class Principle Four, IT & Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

    • The value of combining product and technology under one executive
    • The advantages of having multiple diverse roles in one organization for both the individual and the organization
    • Adapting in an evolving competitive landscape
    • Strategies for recruiting millenials and technologists
    • The development of Lifion, ADP’s innovation lab
    • Using hackathons to improve how services are developed and delivered
    • ADP Ventures: an internal team that builds and tests new product offerings