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AI Talent News Roundup March 2020 Part 1

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This is TalentSeer’s AI News Roundup for the first half of March 2020. You can find the most relevant and recent news about AI talent, aimed specifically at tech leaders, VCs, and members of the AI field. Subscribe here to receive these roundups twice a month via email. 


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Intel’s Top AI Executive, Naveen Rao, Leaves Company After Three Years  


Intel’s Top AI Executive, Naveen Rao, Leaves Company After Three Years_ AI Talent News Roundup March 2020 Part 1
Source: Intel AI

Naveen Rao, the top AI Executive at Intel, has decided to leave his role after the company chose to scrap its plans for their Nervana neural network processors, which originated from Naveen’s own startup. Naveen was the corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s AI Platforms Group; his role has been overtaken by Intel executive Gadi Singer. On Twitter, Naveen said that he does not currently have plans for what’s next, beyond “taking some time off with family”. [Read More]

Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak, Major Tech Companies Cut On-Site Interviews & Events  


Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak, Major Tech Companies Cut On-Site Interviews & Events_AI Talent News Roundup March 2020 Part 1
Source: cdc.gov

Numerous high-profile tech companies have chosen to avoid physical, on-site interviews and events as a response to growing concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Facebook and Amazon are currently only conducting remote video interviews. Microsoft, Amazon, and Twitter are encouraging employers to work from home. Companies such as Nvidia and Adobe have converted their upcoming conferences into purely online events, with many other conferences being either postponed or canceled, such as Google I/O and the O'Reilly Strata Data & AI Conference. [Read More


Starsky Robotics Fails to Find Buyers or Investors, Reportedly Triggering Mass Layoffs


Starsky Robotics Fails to Find Buyers or Investors, Reportedly Triggering Mass Layoffs_AI Talent News Roundup March 2020 Part 1
Source: Starsky Robotics


According to a former executive, autonomous trucking startup Starsky Robotics has laid off the majority of its engineers and office staff. This is due to the company’s inability to raise funds or find a buyer. However, efforts to find a buyer have not stopped, as a skeleton staff still exists, made up of Co-Founders Stefan Seltz-Axmacher and Kartik Tiwari. Former Vice President of Starsky robotics, Paul Schlegel, has said that he “remains hopeful” that a buyer will be found, adding that “I think it’s important to find those that want to invest in something that’s more tangible than just an idea”. [Read More]


OECD Database Shows India as a Top Country for Global AI Talent Exports


OECD Database Shows India as a Top Country for Global AI Talent Exports_AI Talent News Roundup March 2020 Part 1
Source: OECD.ai


A new database launched by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), indicates that India has produced three times as many people with AI skills as the average for the twenty largest economies worldwide. Additionally, while AI talent is prevalent globally, the database also shows that Indian AI experts are most likely to find work abroad, especially in the US and Germany. Turkey and China were also found to be major exporters of AI talent. The OECD database gathers data about AI skills from multiple sources, including LinkedIn and the World Bank, as well as through a partnership with Microsoft. [Read More

Former Partner and Global Lead at McKinsey Joins AI-powered Enterprise Word Reference Platform Persado as President

Former Partner and Global Lead at McKinsey Joins AI-powered enterprise word reference platform Persado as President_AI Talent News Roundup March 2020 Part 1
Source: Persado


Jason Heller has been appointed as President of Persado, an AI platform of reference for the choice of words across the enterprise. Prior to this, Jason was a partner and global lead of digital marketing operations and technology at McKinsey. In his new role, Jason will be overseeing all go-to-market functions at the company. This comes just recently after Persado announced a partnership with JPMorgan Chase. [Read More]


Miguel Milano, Former President of Salesforce International, Appointed as Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Owner at Process Mining Software Startup Celonis 


Miguel Milano Appointed as Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Owner at Process Mining Software Startup Celonis_AI Talent News Roundup March 2020 Part 1
Source: Celonis


Celonis, the market leader in AI-enhanced Process Mining and Process Excellence software, has announced that Miguel Milano will be joining as Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Owner. Prior to this, Miguel was the President of Salesforce International, growing the company’s presence in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Before that, he was the Senior Vice President at Oracle. In his new role, Miguel will be focusing on customer success, leading sales, and overseeing the entire customer lifecycle, among other responsibilities. [Read More]


Former Amazon Director of Product Software and Services, Siva Somayajula, Joins Mobile Health Startup AliveCor as CTO  


Former Amazon Director of Product Software and Services, Siva Somayajula, Joins Mobile Health Startup AliveCor as CTO_AI Talent News Roundup March 2020 Part 1
Source: AliveCor


AliveCor, the leader in AI-based Electrocardiography (ECG) technology, has announced that Siva Somayajula will be its new CTO. Prior to this, Siva was the Director of Product Software and Services at Amazon for consumer electronics. Within his new role, he will be managing all hardware, software, and AI engineering; he will also lead the development of AliveCor’s global ECG platform. [Read More]



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