Seminars and Events

Artificial Intelligence Seminar

Creating an ISI Spinout // Data Collection for the Metaverse

Event Details

David Lane:

Creating an ISI spinout. Now that you have a novel idea and want to start a company, how do you maximize your startup’s opportunity for success? Where might you go to raise capital to fund your startup? For discussion are top risk factors in starting a company and how can you minimize them, thereby maximizing your startup’s likely success. Where do you go to seek funding for your startup, and what do you need to have in place in order to raise capital.

John Devine:

Data Collection. Creation of our social/technological future — e.g. Metaverse and Generative AI — rely on the “lifeblood” of data collection. The data that is used for labeling to support and develop these systems is needed in remarkable quality and quantity. For discussion are the approaches and some of the challenges in data collection.

Speaker Bio

David Lane has been an institutional venture capitalist since 1987. He has co-managed over $3B of private capital, which includes investing for seven years at the Harvard Management Company, which manages Harvard University’s endowment. Over the last 36 years, David has invested in most industries and startup stages of development. He is currently a very active angel investor, have over 20 portfolio companies, while advising many other startups. David is also a Partner at 1Flourish Capital, a pre-seed and seed stage focused venture firm focused on backing high character entrepreneurs who put company culture at the core of their long-term business value. His current industry focus is on deep tech used in enterprise and industrial applications. David’s true passion is the intersection of ethical and moral applications of technology to solving market needs.

John DeVine started his journey with 13 years of active duty in the US Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and submarine training officer. After the Navy, he joined the consulting firm McKinsey and Company, where he spent time leading McKinsey’s Global Customer Experience serving Fortune 500 clients in strategy and operations issues across business and consumer industries. Next, John worked at Yahoo! for several years in operations and sales before joining Meta, Inc. (formerly called Facebook) in 2018. At Meta, John is currently serving as the Vice President of Global Operations. He is responsible for a global workforce of 4,000 full-time employees and 40K+ Contingent Workers who are tasked with delivering all aspects of human operations, including content moderation, payment operations, legal operations, and service operations supporting Meta’s platforms in 170+ countries and in hundreds of languages. Outside of work, John enjoys being a loving husband and father, and he is an avid golfer and swimmer.

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In-person attendance will be permitted for USC/ISI faculty, staff, students only. Open to the public virtually via the zoom link and online.

Host: Craig Knoblock POC: Alma Nava / Karen Rawlins