This is the TalentSeer AI News Roundup for the first half of October 2020. You can find the most relevant and recent news about the 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.
The 2020 State of AI report recently published by UK investors Nathan Benaich and Ian Hogarth covers the latest talent market trends among others. The demand for AI talent was affected by COVID-19 as data showed a decline in LinkedIn job postings that mention deep learning frameworks. In the US, AI professors consistently leave university positions to join tech companies such as Google, DeepMind, and Microsoft. The report also reveals that the majority of top AI researchers in the US earn their degrees from elsewhere, such as China (27%), India (11%), and Europe (11%). The UK and China are the biggest beneficiaries of American-educated AI PhDs who leave after graduation. [Read More]
San Francisco-based cloud communications company, Twilio, has appointed Jeremiah Brazeau as their CTO, responsible for their technology strategy and roadmap. Jeremiah Brazeau has experience working at Salesforce as an SVP and Distinguished Architect, and Amazon Robotics as a Principal Engineer. Jeremiah Brazeau explained that Twilio will focus on “connectivity between individuals, customers, and companies” as COVID-19 has disconnected us. [Read More]
Palo Alto-based cloud data storage company, Yellowbrick, has appointed Mark Cusack as CTO, where he will guide product development and shape the company roadmap. Mark Cusack has an extensive background in analytics as he was VP and Chief Architect of Teradata’s IoT analytics effort. He also holds a Ph.D. in computational physics from Newcastle University, UK. [Read More]
Seattle-based digital freight startup, Convoy, has hired Sunita Solao as VP of People. Convoy is one of the few unicorn startups in Seattle, being valued at over $1 Billion. Prior to this, Sunita Solao was the Head of People and Talent at Airbnb, as well as Director of HR at eBay. [Read More]
Insitro, an AI drug discovery startup based in San Francisco, has appointed Roger Perlmutter on their Board. Insitro is a $243 million venture capital-backed startup founded by Daphne Koller, a Stanford Professor and Coursera co-founder. Roger Perlmutter currently is the executive vice president and president at Merck Research Laboratories, focusing on immunology. He will take an independent seat at Insitro’s board, contributing to their AI and biopharmaceutical R&D approach. [Read More]
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