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The next AI evolution moves into your hands

TechCrunch was proud to host Qualcomm at Disrupt 2023 in San Francisco. Here’s an overview of their partner session on the AI Stage.

Thousands of generative AI applications have bloomed over the past year, with large language models (LLMs) gaining the most buzz. In the next year, many of those applications will start to run on phones and PCs rather than in the public cloud. At TechCrunch Disrupt 2023, Qualcomm’s Alex Katouzian and partners discussed when and how generative AI will shift to devices in your hands, and what applications are likely to make the first move.


Ash Jhaveri, Vice President of Partnerships, Meta

Ash Jhaveri is vice president of partnerships at Meta. In this role, Ash is responsible for developing the ecosystems for artificial intelligence and Reality Labs, as well as leading strategic partnerships for the company. Ash joined Meta in 2012 and has led the creation of several communities and partnerships in such areas as telco, music, gaming, and messaging. Prior to Meta, Ash led partnerships for Chrome at Google, first based in London and later in Mountain View. He also spent several years at Microsoft in product management for Windows and the .NET platform, as well as enterprise startups MicroStrategy and SnapLogic. A native of Baltimore, Ash now lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile, Compute, and XR (MCX), Qualcomm, Inc.

Alex Katouzian currently serves as senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile, Compute and XR (MCX) Business Unit, including Voice & Music and Wearable businesses of Qualcomm Technologies. In this role, Katouzian is responsible for the business unit strategy, chipset and software portfolios, P&L, customer relationships, ecosystem business development, and oversight of all program management and execution for the Snapdragon platforms. His responsibilities include a focused expansion into creating premium, end-to-end experiences across handsets, earbuds and headsets, wearables, tablets, PCs, XR, gaming and security. Katouzian is also responsible for driving the Application Processor Technologies roadmap across all business units.

Sascha Segan, Senior Manager of Public Relations, Qualcomm Incorporated

Sascha Segan is a senior manager of public relations at Qualcomm. For almost 20 years, he was the head of mobile at PCMag.com, covering the mobile industry from 2G to 5G and reviewing more than 1,500 products. He is also an award-winning travel writer. Sascha lives in Queens, New York.