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From inception to iconic: A candid conversation about what it takes to succeed in AI

TechCrunch was proud to host Mayfield at Disrupt 2023 in San Francisco. Here’s an overview of their breakout session.

At Disrupt 2023, Mayfield hosted a candid and audience-interactive conversation with a leading AI seed investor and two breakout founders. The panel touched on a variety of essential topics, including defining your breakout value proposition; accessing success in the face of incumbents; how company vision, culture and values drive their mission and GTM strategies; barriers to enterprise AI adoption; and more.


Vijay Reddy, Partner, Mayfield

Vijay is a partner at Mayfield and focuses on investments in AI. He brings over a decade of inception and early-stage investing experience in from Clear Ventures and Intel Capital. Vijay has invested across the AI stack from silicon, systems, infrastructure software, data, middleware and tools and applications. Some of his past investments include Avaamo, AEye (Nasdaq: LIDR), BabbleLabs (acquired by Cisco), Common Sense Machines, DataRobot, Hypersonix, Joby (NYSE: Joby), Landing.ai, Lilt, Opaque, and SambaNova. A Kauffman Fellow, Vijay received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has a BS and MS in electrical and computer engineering with top honors from University of California, Irvine.

Chris Lattner, Co-Founder and CEO, Modular

Chris Lattner is a co-founder and the CEO of Modular, which is building an innovative new developer platform for AI and heterogenous compute. Modular provides an AI engine that accelerates PyTorch and TensorFlow inference, as well as the Mojo🔥 language, which extends Python into systems and accelerator programming domains. He has also co-founded the LLVM Compiler infrastructure project, the Clang C++ compiler, the Swift programming language, the MLIR compiler infrastructure, and the CIRCT project, and he has contributed to many other commercial and open source projects at Apple, Tesla, Google and SiFive.

Rodrigo Liang, Co-Founder and CEO, SambaNova Systems

Rodrigo Liang is SambaNova’s co-founder and chief executive officer leading the company’s vision for a new era of pervasive AI built on full-stack purpose-built AI platforms. Prior to SambaNova, Rodrigo led the hardware engineering team at Oracle, where he was responsible for the design and development of state-of-the-art processors and ASICs for its enterprise servers.