This is TalentSeer’s AI News Roundup for the first half of February 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. To find out more about the current AI Talent landscape, and discover market trends and insights, take a look at TalentSeer’s 2020 AI Talent Report.
A study by Deloitte has found Brazil to be positioning itself as a leader within AI-enabled businesses. The Stanford University 2019 AI Index report has also found Brazil to be one of the top five countries with the fastest growth in AI hiring. This is helped by the fact that Brazil’s population is extremely tech-savvy, with 59% of its people planning to purchase an AI device; a result that places them within the top ten countries to take an interest in AI. [Read More]
Jeff Clune, founding member and Senior Research Manager at Uber AI Labs, announced on Twitter that he will be joining the OpenAI research laboratory in San Francisco, California, where he will be working on developing General Artificial Intelligence. He also announced that he will be an Associate CS Professor at The University of British Columbia. In his tweet, he explained that these are both “dreams come true”, and that he will be hiring at both institutions. [Read More]
Lyft has announced that it will be undergoing a corporate restructuring that will involve the loss of around 90 employees, affecting marketing and enterprise sales departments. Alexandra LaManna, Lyft Spokesperson, has commented saying that “we’ve carefully evaluated the resources we need to achieve our 2020 business goals, and the restructuring of some of our teams reflects that”, adding that Lyft plans to hire more than 1000 employees sometime during the year. These layoffs could, in part, be due to its stock dropping below the initial offering price on the second day of trading, with the company still waiting for it to rise. [Read More]
SentinalOne, an AI software company building solutions to replace standard antivirus tools, has appointed Daniel Kollberg as Vice President of EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). Daniel was most recently VP, EMEA Service Providers at Palo Alto Networks. Within his role, Daniel will be working on executing aggressive growth plans across EMEA for SentinelOne. This news comes after SentinelOne expands its company by opening a new office in Boston, under the hopes that it will support its growing customer base. [Read More]
WekaIO, a company focused on providing fast and secure parallel file systems, has hired Shailesh Manjrekar as its Head of AI and Strategic Alliances. He has 20+ years experience in Cloud Native applications, Enterprise Business, AI, and Deep Learning. Shailesh will be taking ownership of WekaIO’s strategic technical alliances, aligning product roadmaps, validating software for AI and Machine Learning tools, and will also play a key role in leading the strategic and corporate planning teams. [Read More]
C-suite executives are leading AI projects; Ex-LinkedIn VP joins Databricks; UK-based tech firm Signal AI hires former UN-IPCC comm strategist; Ex-Google SVP founds search engine startup; tech industry voiced concerns about Trump’s Executive Order suspending H-1B visas.Read more
New startup layoffs have dropped since COVID-19; Jim Keller resigned from Intel; YC CEO is named on Reddit Board; Velchamy Sankarlingam joins Zoom; Former Verizon & Hulu Executive is appointed as CTO in WarnerMedia; and moreRead more