For our final Chat8VC of 2023, we hosted Dr. Nik Spirin, Director of Generative AI and LLMOps at NVIDIA. He sits at a very compelling vantage point in this role. Prior to NVIDIA, he was a serial entrepreneur, classical ML PhD, and researcher by training who worked on many interesting applied AI projects at places like Gigster and played key roles in the enterprise-wide AI transformations of Canon, Dentsu, and Vodafone.
Our story is certainly full of ups and downs. Airbyte today is often associated with our open source data infrastructure project and product. It really started though in July 2019 when my co-founder and I first decided to build something together. We implemented a fairly disciplined system around idea exploration and honed in on the problem-space of data and went through YC in January ‘20, which was the famous COVID batch where we went from being in person to fully remote.
Intuit founder and 8VC advisor Scott Cook spoke with our CEOs and other leaders at our 2023 Leadership Summit in Napa. Watch the interview here:
At our September Chat8VC gathering, we hosted Mike Del Balso, founder and CEO of Tecton and a visionary behind Uber's Michelangelo, for a conversation with 8VC Partner Bhaskar Ghosh. As a reminder, Chat8VC is a monthly series hosted at our SF office where we bring together founders and early-phase operators excited about the foundation model ecosystem. We focus on having highly technical, implementation-oriented conversations and give founders and builders the opportunity to showcase what they’re working on through lightning demos and fireside chats. This can be a fun side project, related to a company they’re starting, or a high-leverage use case within a company operating at scale.
In the spirit of sharing some lessons from our events, earlier this year we had the pleasure of hosting Keith Peiris and Henri Liriani, the co-founders of Tome, at our monthly Chat8VC gatherings in April.