Chris Rowen, CEO of Cognite Ventures, presents the "How to Start an Embedded Vision Company" tutorial at the May 2017 Embedded Vision Summit.
This talk outlines the essential opportunity and daunting challenges of building significant new companies based on deep learning technology, specifically in vision systems. It draws on presenter Chris Rowen's long experience as a successful founder, CEO, CTO and investor in Silicon Valley, and lays out some of the key factors in selecting a target market, leadership team, technology foundation, and product strategy. It highlights the particular leverage, as well as some of the pitfalls, of the deep learning revolution as a trigger for fundable vision breakthroughs.
The talk helps company founders think about how their priorities and skills are best leveraged in a start-up environment. It drills down into the particular issues of embedded deep learning and vision, focusing particularly on the essential role for access to relevant training data, the range of workable business models spanning device and cloud, and the stages of deep learning competence.