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AI Talent News Roundup July 2020 Part 1

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This is TalentSeer’s AI News Roundup for the first half of July 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.

Princeton AI Professor, Sebastian Seung, to Lead Samsung Research

Samsung Electronics promoted Dr. Sebastian Seung as the new head for the company’s research unit to improve the company’s competence in AI. Seung will be responsible to oversee all fifteen global research and development hubs and seven A.I. research centers. Seung, a Princeton University computer scientist who specializes in A.I. and neuroscience, joined the company in 2018 as the chief research scientist for Samsung Research. [Read More]

Samsung promotes Dr. Sebastian Seung to lead Research Unit-TalentSeer AI Talent News
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MongoDB Hires Former Grab Executive, Mark Porter, as New CTO

MongoDB, the database platform company based in New York, announced that Mark Porter will step down from his Board of Directors position to be the current CTO in a recent press release. Porter was previously CTO at Grab, Southeast Asia’s app that delivers everyday services varying from food delivery to ride-hailing to financial services for millions of people. President and CEO of MongoDB states that Porter has an extensive background in cloud computing, distributed systems, and database engineering. [Read More]

MongoDB hires Mark Porter to be the company's new CTO-TalentSeer AI Talent News
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UK HealthTech Startup, Healx, Appoints Meri Williams as New Chief Technology Officer

The Cambridge, England-based AI-powered HealthTech startup, Healx, appointed Meri Williams to be the new CTO. Williams will now center her work on Healx’s investment in AI data by using modern product engineering approaches to develop drug discovery tools. Prior to joining Healx, Williams was CTO at UK challenger bank, Monzo, where she helped improve the engineering and data team by 500%. [Read More]


Meri Williams appointed by Healx to be new CTO-TalentSeer AI Talent News
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MediaLink CEO Michael Kassan joins Whip Media Group's Board of Directors

Whip Media Group, the leading data-driven content value management platform for the world’s largest entertainment organizations, appointed Michael Kassan to join the company’s board of directors. Kassan is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of MediaLink, a leading strategic advisory firm that was sold to Ascential in 2017. Kassan was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Fame in 2019 and was named on Adweek’s “Power 100” list and on Variety’s index of the 500 most influential business leaders in 2018. [Read More]

CEO of MediaLink Michael Kassan joins Whip Media Group's Board of Directors-TalentSeer AI Talent News
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COVID-19 Caused 70,000 Tech Startup Employees to Lose Their Jobs Globally

The coronavirus pandemic caused about 70,000 employees from tech startups worldwide to be jobless since March. According to a new report by BuyShares, startups from Silicon Valley such as Uber, Groupon, and Airbnb, were most impacted by the outbreak with more than 25,000 employees laid off. The layoff at tech startups is a challenge for companies exploring innovative digital solutions to compete in the post-pandemic market. [Read More] 

Coronavirus pandemic caused 70,000 tech startup employees to be jobless since March-TalentSeer AI Talent News
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