Carlos and Mary are top Commercial Real Estate Agents in Silicon Valley who have worked with companies at all stages to find them the perfect office space. We talk about the leases that startups typically enter and what startups should know when looking for a space. Some examples are where their employees live, ease of transportation, and proximity to companies for potentially new recruits. We also discuss about working with landlords and certain stipulations they might be flexible on. Make sure to tune into this podcast before signing a commercial lease.
Maya is a founder at Wave.ai, a company that uses Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to allow people to personalize their own songs in less than 5 minutes. This company managed to revolutionize the entire music industry! We talked about the transition from being an academia to the founder of a company including the surprises, the excitements, and the challenges. We also talked about finding investors, a company’s growth path, the importance of who you connect with, and the next steps for Wave.ai and their beta test that is scheduled to launch.
Maya Bio and Info
Dr. Maya Ackerman, CEO and Co-Founder of Wave.ai, is a highly-esteemed computer science professor, a leading expert on computer creativity, and an opera singer. She is also the pioneer for an impending songwriting industry with AI-based technology, making songwriting more accessible to everyone. Dr. Ackerman’s research allows her to develop ALYSIA (www.withalysia.com), a machine-learning based system that allows anyone to create their own song in minutes.
By developing new AI technology to make songwriting more accessible, Dr. Ackerman and her team at Wave.ai strive to revolutionize the entire music industry, encapsulating all genres of music. Her team is currently organizing the world’s first opera set of solely computer generated songs.
Dr. Ackerman specializes in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Computational Creativity with over 26 publications displayed in leading venues. She has been on the program committee for all leading AI conferences and journals and has won numerous awards for her research.
Jock Breiwiser is the Senior Director Marketing Communications and Public Relations at StorageCraft with over 20 years of international communications expertise from working in agencies. In addition, he founded SocialSellinator (www.SocialSellinator.com) to help everyone leverage the power of social media for their business. Most recently, he was the lead for Corporate Communications at TriNet. Prior to that, Jock generated awareness for Dell SonicWall, Callidus Cloud, Hoffman Agency, Edelman, and Havas PR. His mission is to close the gap between marketing and sales by driving measurable results through a strategy that generates media awareness, wins customers, and impacts the bottom line for the business. Jock is a mentor at the German Accelerator located in Silicon Valley and launched a network security startup through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Jock also wrote a bestselling book on communications and won numerous marketing and communications awards. He holds an M.A. in contemporary history, law, and political sciences from the University of Bochum, Germany and studied in Tours, France with a scholarship in the European Union. In his spare time, Jock enjoys to travel internationally and competes in Triathlons.
The Bay Area representative for Ukraine’s largest tech innovation park, UNIT.City, Matt Lewis, is a builder of bridges connecting Silicon Valley to Eastern Europe. He is an advisor for US firms seeking talented engineering teams in Ukraine. He also assists startups from Kiev and Moscow to set up in the Bay Area, secure customers, and attract venture capital. He has upwards of 15 years of experience investing in technology companies, including positions in equity research, private equity, and portfolio management. He is also an organizer for private meetings between Venture Capitalists and startups through the Bay Area organization Silicon Valley Planet. We discuss the many benefits of working with the resources between Ukraine and Silicon Valley and hint at how you can can your business the biggest advantage over other competitors.
Tour of UNIT.City
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After leaving the Silicon Valley high tech world working at Hewlett Packard, LSI Logic, and Philips Semiconductors, Doris launched Silicon Valley Speaks. This organization provides a platform for people in the process of creating and delivering Startup Pitches, Elevator Intros, Speeches, and TED Talks.
Customized programs found on the website train professionals to deliver concise, compelling, and engaging presentations through 1-1 coaching, corporate training, and group workshops.
Today, we interview Shahid Chishty. He is a former investment banker at Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. He has worked with companies at all stages though he currently finds himself focused on early stage startups, mentoring them on their funding and capital raising strategy.
For our first show, we interviewed CJ Terral, a marketing expert who has worked with several early stage startups to help them grow. We answered questions such as: What is Guerrilla marketing?When should a company think about a marketing plan? What is the difference between A to B to C or A to B to B marketing plan? What are the costs to build a brand? and much much more. Tune in for all the answers.