Today’s guest is the CEO & Founder of x.ai, Dennis Mortensen. He’s a pioneer and expert in leveraging Data and a serial entrepreneur who has successfully delivered a number of company exits on that theme. Dennis’s long term vision of killing the inbox triggered the formation of x.ai and the creation of an artificial intelligence personal assistant to schedule meetings. He’s an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, the Author of Data Driven Insights from Wiley and a frequent speaker on the subject of AI, intelligent agents, and the future of work. A native of Denmark, Mortensen currently calls New York City his home.
Topics we spoke of in this episode include:
- The difference between deep learning and machine learning
- Adjusting to customer feedback during the product development process
- Approaches to reaching out to initial customers
- Strategic advice on building relationships with investors
I present to you, the man himself… Dennis Mortensen!
Questions asked throughout the episode:
0:27 – Who is Dennis Mortensen and what has he accomplished in his career?
0:56 – How did you get involved in the tech industry?
1:57 – What exactly is x.ai and how did it get started?
5:22 – In the early days of x.ai, what type of feedback our pushback did you get from customers and how did your team respond in proportion to the progress of building the product?
12:05 – Explain to the audience the difference between deep learning and machine learning and do you think one will out compete the other?
17:07 – How did you go about raising your initial funding round of $2 Million and what lessons should the audience take away from your experience in raising funds?
22:20 – How were you able to get investors to see the growth opportunity in AI?
24:40 – What was your approach when articulating the benefit your technology has to offer the customer?
30:50 – What’s the one thing you do in the morning that sets the tone for the day?
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