On October 27th Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips Hosted the Dealmakers AI Summit
Artificial Intelligence is driving innovation across companies and disruption across industries. On October 27, 2017 Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips brought together senior executives and thought leaders to discuss how businesses are being reshaped by Artificial Intelligence.
Oaklins D+P provided an overview of the significant and growing M&A activity in AI, and panelists discussed how the M&A market for AI companies has become increasingly competitive as the biggest players are aggressively acquiring smaller companies. The first panel provided insights into their investment criteria and acquisition strategies, while the second panel focused on the opportunities and challenges facing entrepreneurs, including guidance on fundraising and growth strategies. The speakers included founders, CEOs, and senior executives from BCG, Pinterest, Greycroft, IBM Watson, SAP, Microsoft Ventures, TOPBOTS, EruditeAI, Protenus, Cognii, AlphaSense, x.ai, and The New York Times. Over 150 PE, VC, Corporate Development, Business Development, as well as C-Level executives, entrepreneurs, and founders gathered to join the conversation.
About the Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips Dealmakers Series
Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips has hosted the landmark annual Dealmakers Summit for nearly twenty years. It is the seminal event in the firms’ Dealmakers Series, which are topical, invitation-only discussions for the top dealmakers and operators in the Media, Advertising & Marketing, Education, Technology, and Healthcare industries. Each event focuses on a specific aspect of the M&A landscape and features innovators in that sector – in this case, Artificial Intelligence. The events approach the discussion through the lens of M&A. They feature industry experts discussing the future of the media and technology industries, specifically focusing on recent and imminent notable transactions, as well as emerging trends and opportunities in our space. We bring together influential leaders for stimulating discussions, valuable networking opportunities and engaging programming.
AI Panel: Welcome from Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips
Speakers: Reed Phillips, CEO & Managing Partner, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips and Joanna Stone Herman, Partner, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips
AI Panel: Reshaping Business with Artificial Intelligence
Speaker: Martin Reeves, Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG & Director, BCG Henderson Institute
AI Panel: AI in M&A – How Companies are Incorporating AI Into Their Strategic Priorities and M&A
Panelists: Kamran Ansari, Head of Corporate Development, Pinterest & Venture Partner, Greycroft; Pavan Arora, Director of Content, IBM Watson; Deepak Krishnamurthy, Chief Strategy Officer & EVP, SAP; Leo de Luna, Managing Director, Microsoft Ventures; and Adelyn Zhou, CMO, TOPBOTS
Moderator: Frank Baitman, Senior Advisor, Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips
AI Panel: The Next Generation of AI – Entrepreneurial AI Companies Driving Innovation Across Industries
Panelists: Kathy Benemann, CEO, EruditeAI; Nick Culbertson, Co-Founder & CEO, Protenus; Dee Kanejiya, Founder & CEO, Cognii; Jack Kokko, Founder & CEO, AlphaSense; and Dennis Mortensen, Founder & CEO, x.ai
Moderator: Kevin Roose, Business Columnist, The New York Times