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Video | Tech Talks

CTO who built production-grade deep learning systems and went from zero to $100 million in sales

October 17, 2019

We’re proud to bring you a Forbes 30 Under 30 CTO who built production-grade deep learning systems while going from zero to $100M USD in sales. How can you take an engineering first approach to developing impactful business strategies? How do software leaders evolve from technologists to CTOs while simultaneously building teams during hypergrowth? How do AI thought leaders think about deep learning, natural language processing, and machine learning applications today? 

Leading a company from zero to $100M runrate in under three years while balancing and building world-class technical teams is a humbling experience. That's exactly what Toronto-based SnapTravel has done, aside from adding the greatest shooter in NBA history to their team.

In this Terminal Tech Talk we bring you Henry Shi, co-founder and CTO of SnapTravel, in conversation with Mohammed Ridwanul, Product Manager at Dessa where Mohammed’s team has built an AI platform that helps the world’s largest and most complex organizations build real-world value with advanced AI.

We will explore a number of topics including:

- Data-driven cultures of iteration, experimentation, measurement
- AI, NLP, deep learning, data analytics and scalable infrastructure
- Thinking big, moving fast, staying humble, and being transparent
- Toronto as a global hub for AI research, advancement and startups
- Scaling failures, teams, leadership, and engineering

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