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Akhil Gupta

VP of Engineering @ Dropbox

Akhil Gupta is the VP of Engineering at Dropbox, responsible for Dropbox’s core FSS product, security, production infrastructure, artificial intelligence and business platforms that provide unique capabilities to our product that 500M users use daily. In this role, Akhil and his team ensure that Dropbox enables storing, sharing and collaborating on various kinds of content in a safe and reliable manner, for all our customers worldwide, from large enterprise Dropbox business accounts to individual consumers . Prior to Dropbox, Akhil oversaw Google’s search ads infrastructure and products, where he was responsible for building and scaling the infrastructure that serves ads on Google.com. Akhil holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He is the proud father of two children.


Madhura Dudhgaonkar

Senior Director, Machine Learning @ Workday

Madhura Dudhgaonkar is a Machine Learning product leader at Workday passionate about leveraging technology to make our lives better. Workday ML team, a pioneer in the Enterprise Machine Learning space, has spent 5+ years building ML products leveraging Vision, Natural Language Processing, Recommendations, Anomaly Detection and more. Madhura’s career journey goes from being a hands-on engineer to leading large product organizations across SUN Microsystems, Adobe and now Workday. Her background covers building both consumer and enterprise products - latest of them involving multiple 0 to 1 product journeys leveraging Machine Learning. She is considered a thought leader in building ML products and is frequently invited to speak at AI conferences. Madhura holds a master’s degree in math and computer science. She is also passionate about creating a future where talent shines and grows regardless of where they come from and what they look like. She drives diversity and inclusion work via leading a Women at Workday chapter. When not obsessing over technology, she can be found outdoors, running, hiking or snowboarding.


Anantha Kancherla

VP Engineering, Software @ Level 5, Autonomous Vehicle Program @ Lyft

Anantha Kancherla is a VP of Engineering at Lyft where he heads up the Level5 software team which is building the self driving car. He loves building projects that can potentially have a massive impact on human kind by bringing in cutting edge technology that is out of the research domain to solve it. Prior to Lyft, Anantha spent some time at Dropbox helping them with building products that enable teams to collaborate. Before that at Facebook he participated in pioneering building mobile software at scale, for over a billion users all over the world by delivering the core experiences like Newsfeed on mobile phones.


Thomas Finsterbusch

Partner @ Gradient Ventures

Thomas is a Partner at Gradient Ventures. Prior to joining Gradient, he was the co-founder and CTO at Cape, a tech startup that launched the world’s first commercial teleoperation of drones via the web. Cape has raised a total of $18 million, and became Gradient’s first investment alongside NEA. Before co-founding Cape, Thomas spent 2.5 years at Google & Google[x], where he specialized in large-scale machine learning and personalized recommender systems for more than a billion users. While he was a PhD student in AI at the University of Texas, Austin, he also co-founded 3DS, a global nonprofit promoting student entrepreneurship that has run 400 programs across 170 universities on 6 continents with 12,000+ student participants. The 3DS alumni have launched 130+ tech startups that have collectively raised over $150 million in funding.


Manasi Vartak

Founder and CEO @ Verta.AI

Manasi Vartak is the founder and CEO of Verta.ai (www.verta.ai), an MIT-spinoff building software to enable high-velocity machine learning. The Verta platform enables data scientists and ML engineers to robustly version ML models, collaborate and share ML knowledge, and when models are ready for graduation, to deploy and monitor models in production environments. Verta grew out of Manasi's Ph.D. work at MIT on ModelDB, the first open-source model management system deployed at Fortune-500 companies. Manasi previously worked on deep learning for content recommendation as part of the feed-ranking team at Twitter and dynamic ad-targeting at Google. Manasi is passionate about building intuitive data tools, helping companies become AI-first, and figuring out how data scientists and the organizations they support can be more effective. Manasi has spoken at several top research as well as industrial conferences such as SIGMOD, VLDB, SparkSummit, and AnacondaCon, and has authored a course on model management.

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