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The Business Side of AI: A Conversation with Bill O'Farrell and Avi Goldfarb

April 02, 2018
Bill O'Farrell ; Avi Goldfarb
Warren Hall Room 310
Columbia University
1125 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10025
Join Columbia Business School on Monday, April 2, 2018 for a conversation exploring the path to success for launching and growing an AI startup.
Professor Bill O'Farrell was most recently co-founder and CEO of Body Labs, a computer vision and AI company focused on providing the human body as a digital platform for a broad range of markets, including online apparel sales, gaming, health and fitness and AR/VR applications. Amazon purchased Body Labs in September 2017. Prior to starting Body Labs, Bill co-founded and was CEO of CoSA (makers of After Effects, acquired by Adobe), SpeechWorks (NASDAQ: SPWX, merged with Nuance) and OpenAir, Inc. (acquired by NetSuite).
Professor Avi Goldfarb is the Ellison Professor of Marketing at Toronto's Rotman School of Management. His research focuses on the impact of information technology on marketing and on the economy. His most recent book, Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence, lifts the curtain on the AI-is-magic hype and shows how basic tools from economics provides clarity about the AI revolution and a basis for action by CEOs, managers, policy makers, investors, and entrepreneurs.
The discussion will be moderated by Lang Center Faculty Director Olivier Toubia, Glaubinger Professor of Business.