Thank You for Making Our 6th Annual LDV Vision Summit a Great Success!

Nabeel Hyatt, General Partner at Spark Capital ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Nabeel Hyatt, General Partner at Spark Capital ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Our sixth annual LDV Vision Summit was fantastic, a giant thank you to everyone who came and participated in making it another spectacular gathering.

We couldn’t do it without you, YOU are why our annual LDV Vision Summit is special and a success every year. Thank you!

We are honored that you fly in from around the world each year to share insights, inspire, do deals, recruit, raise capital and help each other succeed!  

Congratulations to our competition winners:
- Startup Competition:  Shapes AI, Dr Seena Rejal, Founder & CEO
- Entrepreneurial Computer Vision Challenge: Steg AI, Eric Wengrowski, PhD Rutgers University

"Looking at the world through a visual lens has let LDV attract a wide variety of academics, startup founders, and investors across the world of machine vision." 
- Nabeel Hyatt, Spark Capital, General Partner

"The excellent curation, fast pace and tight focus of the LDV Summit, give it a unique place in the visual tech ecosystem. Apart from offering invaluable technology and industry insights, it is an intimate, high-energy platform for meeting leading scientists, investors and entrepreneurs in the space. LDV facilitates a proactive and supportive environment that makes this fertile ground for new ideas and opportunities. There is a palpable feeling in the auditorium that the industry's future, in part, is being shaped right there and then."
- Seena Rejal, CEO & Founder of Shapes AI

A special thank you to Rebecca Paoletti of CakeWorks and Serge Belongie of CornellTech as the summit would not exist without collaborating with them!

Gillian Munson, Partner at Union Square Ventures ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Gillian Munson, Partner at Union Square Ventures ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

“If you would like to go deep in the visual tech space and you want a really well curated group of companies and ideas LDV puts it together for you, best way to get educated on the space.”
- Gillian Munson, Partner at Union Square Ventures

"This was a very valuable event! The bright future of healthcare, logistics and robotics through a computer vision lens were on display at the LDV Summit."
-Dr. Kyle Stanley, Chief Clinical Officer at Pearl

“I loved the fire-talks and panels, that were personal, informal and energizing, mixed with in-depth technical presentations demonstrating what vision technology can do and the impact it has on us. I take away from the Summit inspiration, new knowledge and a bigger network.”
- Monica Vaksdal, CEO of Think Outside

"The LDV Vision Summit had probably the best group of great technologists that I've ever seen assembled under one roof. I saw a lot of amazing new technologies and learned from some fantastic speakers. It was an honor to speak at the summit!"
- Tom Galluzzo, CTO at IAM Robotics

“A brilliant couple of days. It was a fantastic experience! I learnt a lot, I was inspired and made some great connections. It's the first time I've been to LDV summit and I can definitely say it has been a really refreshing experience -- fantastic format, very unique and different from our academic conferences.”
- Lourdes Agapito, Professor at University College London & Founder of Synthesia

“LDV pulled off something astounding, which is to feature (among other delights) over a dozen early stage vision tech companies, ALL of which were intriguing, viable and financeable.”
- Tom Phillips, Founder & President at Section4

"The LDV Vision Summit is growing every year in terms of speaker and startup quality, number of wow moments, content density and richness. It is definitely the most exciting tech event of the year in the country for me. The LDV team is doing an amazing job at connecting the best and most interesting people in vision."
- Alexandre Winter, Arlo Cameras, Director of Computer Vision

Di-Ann Eisnor, CWeO of WeWork Cities ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Di-Ann Eisnor, CWeO of WeWork Cities ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

FIreside Chat with Di-Ann Eisnor, LDV Vision Summit 2019 ©Voice in Shape

FIreside Chat with Di-Ann Eisnor, LDV Vision Summit 2019 ©Voice in Shape

"I really enjoyed the conference, especially listening to people speak from so many different fields like healthcare and photonics that I don't get as much exposure to."
- Francis Ge, Software Engineer at Facebook

“There are a lot of avenues to explore in computer vision, I always find that the LDV Vision Summit surfaces some really interesting founders and though leaders in the space.”
- Sarah Fay, Managing Partner at Glasswing Ventures

"The opportunity to explain our technology and business model to such a large group of VCs and industry experts was invaluable. The conversations on stage that started with technology but were explained through the lenses of business cases and scaling added practicality that many other similar events and panels lack in the space."
- Roy Mehta, Founder of CoolR Group

“I’ve been in vision for most of my career, so I’ve gotten to seen the transition between when vision startups were unusual to today when it is booming. LDV has been on the forefront of that and putting together the LDV Vision Summit it is fun to see such an interesting mix, focused on the connection between the entrepreneurial community and the vision community.”
- Gaile Gordon, Computer Vision Expert

“The LDV Vision Summit is a must attend for for visual technology geeks, great speakers, great networking, and great hosts! Thank you Evan and Abby!”
- Jeff Nadler, CIO at Teladoc Health

"The right mix of people at LDV Summit is what makes for great conversations that otherwise would not happen. Combining researchers, investors, entrepreneurs and corporates in a single event brings forth new perspectives and meaningful connections for all attendees. Anyone with an interest in visual technologies should attend LDV Summit for two days of inspiration spanning from cutting edge research to practical applications available on the market today."
- Victor Riparbelli, CEO & Co-Founder of Synthesia

“The LDV Vision Summit is an opportunity to rapidly learn about industry achievements, newer advancements, and who are the leaders in the industry.”
- Dr Denise Valenti, Founder of IMMAD

“Congratulations on another exceptional annual Summit. You always bring up a fascinating set of people on stage - folks who have fascinating life stories and inspiring careers. Computer vision entrepreneurs, researchers, students and professors who wish to be inspired and want to broaden their perspective must attend. I loved it!”
- Sanjiv Nanda, Advisor, Independent Consultant

"The LDV summit was a fantastic opportunity to present for an audience at the intersection of cutting edge computer vision research and startup culture. It was my first time pitching, and I received valuable coaching from the organizers and judges. As a startup with breakthrough technology, it's great to engage with a tech-literate community of entrepreneurs and investors."
- Eric Wengrowski, Founder of Steg AI & Winner of 2019 ECVC

Day 2 Panel: Where are the Next Visual Tech Unicorns? (L to R) Moderated by Polina Marinova of Fortune Magazine, Term Sheet with panelists, Michael Dempsey, Partner at Compound, Rachel Lam, Managing Partner at Imagination Capital, and Matt Turck, Partner at FirstMark ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Day 2 Panel: Where are the Next Visual Tech Unicorns? (L to R) Moderated by Polina Marinova of Fortune Magazine, Term Sheet with panelists, Michael Dempsey, Partner at Compound, Rachel Lam, Managing Partner at Imagination Capital, and Matt Turck, Partner at FirstMark ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Thomas Reardon, CEO at CTRL-labs ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Thomas Reardon, CEO at CTRL-labs ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

“I was very impressed by the LDV Vision Summit! You ran a great program, and it was one of the most enjoyable conferences I’ve attended in a long time. Thanks so much for including me.”
- Laura Smoliar, Founding Partner at the Berkeley Catalyst Fund

"Focused, tightly organized, with a really nice mix of speakers from startups, big companies, VC firms and academia: this conference is a bit of a gem, and a must attend for anyone interested in visual technologies."
- Matt Turck, Managing Director, FirstMark

"It was wonderful to have so many like-minded individuals interested in visual technologies in one place. I was also especially happy to see so many founders and companies applying visual tech to healthcare, helping people live longer, healthier lives."
- Emi Gal, CEO of Ezra

"The LDV Summit went deep on technology with people pushing the boundaries of computer vision and related technologies, while still being connected to the applications and businesses that these technologies deliver.  It was a great chance to get a full view of all the progress that is in sight; and great inspiration as we think about what extraordinary new businesses we can create to solve big problems. "
- Ben Elowitz, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Labs

"The LDV Startup Competition was an invaluable opportunity to receive direct business coaching and pitch advice from investors, which paid off immediately in the form of introductions to leading VCs focused on investments in emerging technologies."
- Atima Lui, Founder & CEO of NUDEST

Thanks for coordinating the LDV Summit. The content was fascinating and the crowd was very interesting and engaging.”
- Michael Murphy, Co-Founder & COO of RADAR

Edo Segal, Founder & CEO at TouchCast ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Edo Segal, Founder & CEO at TouchCast ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Panel Day 1: Trends in Visual Technology Investing. (L to R) Moderated by Jessi Hempel, Senior Editor at Large at LinkedIn, with panelists Hadley Harris, Founding General Partner at Eniac, Laura Smoliar, Founding Partner at Berkeley Catalyst Fund and Zavain Dar, Partner at Lux Capital ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Panel Day 1: Trends in Visual Technology Investing. (L to R) Moderated by Jessi Hempel, Senior Editor at Large at LinkedIn, with panelists Hadley Harris, Founding General Partner at Eniac, Laura Smoliar, Founding Partner at Berkeley Catalyst Fund and Zavain Dar, Partner at Lux Capital ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Xiao Ma, Cornell Tech PhD ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Xiao Ma, Cornell Tech PhD ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Panel Day 2: The Future of Storytelling with Interactive Video [L to R] Moderator: Rebecca Paoletti, CEO & Co-Founder of CakeWorks with panelists Dan Garraway, Co-Founder of WireWax, Tal Zubalsky, Co-Founder & CPO at Eko and Beth-Ann Eason, President at Innovid ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Panel Day 2: The Future of Storytelling with Interactive Video [L to R] Moderator: Rebecca Paoletti, CEO & Co-Founder of CakeWorks with panelists Dan Garraway, Co-Founder of WireWax, Tal Zubalsky, Co-Founder & CPO at Eko and Beth-Ann Eason, President at Innovid ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Learn more about our partners and sponsors:

Organizers:
Presented by Evan Nisselson & Abby Hunter-Syed, LDV Capital
Video Program: Rebecca Paoletti, CakeWorks, CEO
Computer Vision Program: Serge Belongie, Cornell Tech
Competitions Subfinal Judges: Andrew Rabinovich, Magic Leap; Gaile Gordon, LDV Capital; Rob Spectre, Brooklyn Hacker; Alexandre Winter, Arlo Cameras; Andy Parsons, WorkFrame
Universities: Cornell Tech, School of Visual Arts
Sponsors: Google Cloud, GumGum, Neuromation, M12, TouchCast, Brex, Ezra, Movable Ink
Media Partners: Kaptur, VRARA, NYC Media Lab, Voice in Shape

CakeWorks is a full-service video agency and content studio that helps businesses launch better video experiences, grow viewership and increase revenue. Stay in the know with our  weekly newsletter, or follow us @cakeworksvideo #videoiscake  

Cornell Tech is a revolutionary model for graduate education that fuses technology with business and creative thinking. Cornell Tech brings together like-minded faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary ideas grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live.

Michal Lipson, Professor & MacAruthur Fellow at Columbia University ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Michal Lipson, Professor & MacAruthur Fellow at Columbia University ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Jeremiah Robison, Founder & CEO of CIONIC ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Jeremiah Robison, Founder & CEO of CIONIC ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Apeksha Kumavat, Co-Founder & Chief Engineer of Gatik ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Apeksha Kumavat, Co-Founder & Chief Engineer of Gatik ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

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GumGum is an artificial intelligence company with a focus on computer vision. Our mission is to unlock the value of visual content produced daily across diverse data sets. We teach machines to see in order to solve hard problems. Since 2008, the company has applied its patented capabilities to serve a variety of industries from advertising to professional sports, with more to come.

M12 is Microsoft’s venture fund that empowers B2B entrepreneurs through investment, insights, and unparalleled access to Microsoft. We invest in early-stage startups transforming the enterprise with a focus on AI and ML, big data and analytics, cloud infrastructure, productivity and communications, SaaS, security, and emerging trends. Our diverse and experienced team—based in North America and Israel—works to support startups with founder-friendly terms, go-to-market expertise, and engineering resources.

Neuromation is a technology company pioneering the use of Synthetic Data to create more capable computer vision AI.

Brex is the first corporate credit card for startups. They provide corporate cards with no founder liability, a best in class rewards program, 10-20x higher spending limits than traditional cards, and built-in expense management software. Sign up through https://brex.com/ldvcapital for waived fees for life.

Ezra is a company dedicated to providing early cancer detection for all by pairing the most advanced medical imaging technology with Artificial Intelligence. We currently offer an MRI-based prostate cancer screening program, and our goal is to provide a full-body MRI scan in a single session. We’re also building Artificial Intelligence, the Ezra AI, to assist radiologists in their workflow and enable them to quickly and accurately diagnose potential abnormalities anywhere in the body.

TouchCast harnesses the power of AI to help you create unforgettable communication, collaboration and learning experiences.

Chris Phare, Co-Founder & CEO of Voyant Photonics ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Chris Phare, Co-Founder & CEO of Voyant Photonics ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

LDV Capital invests in deep technical teams building visual technology businesses.

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm that represents private and public companies in the technology, life sciences, and other growth industries, as well as the venture capital firms and investment banks that finance the entrepreneurial ecosystem. At Latham, we pride ourselves on partnering with our clients to help them realize their most ambitious goals.

NYC Media's Lab connects media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and talent development. A public-private partnership launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYC Media Lab funds prototyping projects that foster collaboration across a range of disciplines core to the future of media. The Combine, NYC Media Lab's venture platform to advance entrepreneurship, is now in its fourth year.

Kaptur is the first magazine about the visual tech space. News, research and stats along with commentaries, industry reports and deep analysis written by industry experts.

Voice in Shape is the creative island for visual storytelling, brand communications and design.

The VR/AR Association is a global member community of the best minds in virtual reality and augmented reality with Chapters in major cities across the globe.

The MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts is the premiere program for the study of Lens and Screen Arts. This program champions multimedia integration, interdisciplinary activity, and provides ever-expanding opportunities for lens-based students.

HubSpot for Startups is designed specifically for startups that need tools, strategy & support for growth that's both fast and scalable. From day one, customer acquisition and customer retention has never been easier than with HubSpot for Startups.


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Celebrating Shapes AI's victory in the 2019 Startup Competition [L to R] Rebecca Paoletti of CakeWorks, Serge Belongie of Cornell Tech, Abby Hunter-Syed of LDV Capital, Seena Rejal of Shapes AI, Tejpaul Bhatia of Google Cloud and Evan Nisselson of LDV Capital ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019

Celebrating Shapes AI's victory in the 2019 Startup Competition [L to R] Rebecca Paoletti of CakeWorks, Serge Belongie of Cornell Tech, Abby Hunter-Syed of LDV Capital, Seena Rejal of Shapes AI, Tejpaul Bhatia of Google Cloud and Evan Nisselson of LDV Capital ©Robert Wright/LDV Vision Summit 2019