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Dot Complicated: October 3, 2018

Host Randi Zuckerberg is joined by Jean Francois Gagne (Co-founder, CEO, Element AI), Loren Busby (President, Cresco Advisors LLC), and Francisco Dao (Program Manager, AI Nexus Lab) on the Wednesday, October 3, 2018 edition of Dot Complicated.

Air Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

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Francisco Dao

Air Time: 12:00 pm
Featuring: Francisco Dao

Jean Francois Gagne

Air Time: 12:00 am
Featuring: Jean Francois Gagne

Loren Busby

Air Time: 12:00 pm
Featuring: Loren Busby

Featured Guests

Jean Francois Gagne

Co-founder, CEO, Element AI

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Jean-Francois Gagné is the Co-Founder and CEO of Element AI, an applied AI research lab creating new software solutions for organizations. A seasoned entrepreneur, he also founded and successfully exited two companies in AI and Operations Research. As CEO of Planora, he led the company efforts to bring to market a highly disruptive SaaS solution in the extremely competitive Workforce Management space by combining an innovative blend of Machine Learning, Operation Research and User Experience. He then went on to become the youngest global C-Level Executive of a top-20 Enterprise Software company, as CPO and CIO at JDA Software, where he managed a portfolio of 100+ products and 1,400 developers in more than 20 offices worldwide. He has represented Canada as a Technology Investment Champion Speaker for Global Affairs and has spoken at AI conferences for Top Level management.
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Loren Busby

President, Cresco Advisors LLC

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Ms. Busby is President of Cresco Advisors where she serves as a venture partner to fund managers as well as a business advisor to portfolio companies. She currently works with several technology businesses operating at the intersection of artificial intelligence and healthcare. She is also a co-founder of Life Science Vendor Expo, a conference series focused on educating entrepreneurs on dealing with gnarly operating issues. She has over two decades of experience in VC and was “one of the 6%,” referring to the exclusive group of female investment professionals. She was a Partner at NGN Capital, a transatlantic, healthcare fund where she invested in healthcare IT companies and participated in deals in the therapeutics and medical device sectors. Ms. Busby joined NGN Capital from Walden Capital Partners, which invested in the technology, manufacturing and distribution industries. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Busby worked at Princeton University’s endowment on its alternative asset portfolio. She began her career at Venture Economics/Thomson Financial, which at the time published the venerable Venture Capital Journal. From 2005-2009, Ms. Busby was a leader of CFA Society of New York’s Alternative Investments Committee, which had 450 members. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and also earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University as a McCain Scholar and a B.S. from Central Connecticut State University.

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Francisco Dao

Program Manager, AI Nexus Lab

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Francisco Dao is the former program manager of the AI NexusLab, an A.I. focused accelerator formed as a partnership between NYU Future Lab and ffVC. Prior to that, he was a columnist at VentureBeat, PandoDaily, Inc.com and the founder of a private adventure community for technology entrepreneurs and VCs.

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