GTEC kickstarted our first Open Lecture in 2018 with one of the best speakers we had the pleasure to host so far: Anita Schjøll Brede absolutely took over the room and blew the audience’s mind away with her entrepreneurial adventures to date.
Using technology to achieve a more interactive format, Anita approached her Open Lecture by following the most voted questions that guest posed and that were displayed on the walls. She started with explaining how Iris.ai came to be: challenged by SingularityUniversity, her team was asked what they could do to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people in the next ten years.
Their answer was a research assistant powered by Artificial Intelligence that helps researchers and R+D departments to find answers much faster and with more accuracy. While at the moment Iris.ai is profitable thanks to their work with corporate clients, the team has already made their first steps toward tokenization by embracing the Ethereum Blockchain and giving their community of 8,000 trainers the chance to teach their AI in exchange of free access to research papers. This is opening the door for Iris.ai to disrupt the scientific publishing market, which is already too expensive for some universities to get full access to.
Anita continued her talk taking us on a ride on her unconventional path to becoming the CEO of Iris.ai: from founding a theatre based consultancy to going into the HR industry in a high-tech startup in Silicon Valley, she later built a race car and dropped out of several universities until finding the right fit for her. She then started to answer the most voted questions appearing on the wall and gave excellent answers all along.
In case you couldn’t make it to Anita’s Open Lecture, you’re in luck: watch below the full livestream of her GTEC Open Lecture!
After her talk was over, Anita took the time to mingle around and answer every additional question. And still, she had a minute to sit down with us to give us her Startup Wisdom advice – watch what she has to say to potential entrepreneurs and founders just starting their company:
That’s great advice to go by! And we are not the only ones raving about her: one of our attendees, Elisheva Marcus, was so impressed with Anita that she outlined her talk step by step and her article landed in Code Like a Girl. We’re so grateful to have such an engaged audience joining our events!
We’re excited to keep our Open Lectures series going strong in 2018 and we can’t wait to welcome our next speaker: David Griedelbach, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Quartiermeister, will tell us all about social entrepreneurship, correct consumption and how to deal with explosive growth.
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