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About the Scientist

Richard Socher is the Chief Scientist at Salesforce where he leads the company’s research efforts and works on bringing state of the art artificial intelligence solutions to Salesforce. Prior to Salesforce, Richard was the CEO and founder of MetaMind, a deep learning AI platform that analyzes, labels and makes predictions on image and text data so businesses can make smarter, faster and more accurate decisions than ever before. Richard was awarded the Distinguished Application Paper Award at the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 2011, the 2011 Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Award, a Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship in 2012, a 2013 "Magic Grant" from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, the 2014 GigaOM Structure Award and is currently a member of the WEF Young Global Leaders Class of 2017. Richard obtained his PhD from Stanford working on deep learning with Chris Manning and Andrew Ng and won the best Stanford CS PhD thesis award.

About the Guest Comedians

Jesse Fernandez has performed stand-up and PowerPoint all over America. He has been featured 8 times(!) in SF Sketchfest and is a regular performer at the prestigious SF Punchline, Sac Punchline, Cobb's Comedy Club, historic Throckmorton Theater and more. He's opened for SAG Award nominated Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jackass's Steve-O, Last Comic Standing judge Andy Kindler, and many more.

Florentina Tanase is a Bay Area stand up comedian, born in Romania, raised on dad jokes, and can’t wait for male birth control. Florentina started performing at The Purple Onion December 2015 and has since performed at Cobb's Comedy in San Francisco, Sacramento Punchline, Poland (yes the country), The World Famous Comedy Store and The Viper Room in Los Angeles.


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