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NYC #TechWeek x CMU T&E: The AI Investment Landscape- Insights from the Builders, Dreamers, and Decision-Makers

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Join us for a captivating discussion on the ever-evolving landscape of AI investment! In this event, CMU Tech & Entrepreneurship (CMU T&E) is bringing together a distinguished panel featuring:

Jeremy Toeman (Builder): ​Jeremy, the CEO of Aug X Labs, is passionate about the intersection of media and technology. His startup makes Augie, an AI Assistant that seamlessly blends user-owned content, stock media, and AI effects to automatically craft captivating marketing videos. Jeremy's career spans 25+ years in the field, with recent VP experiences at WarnerMedia, Joyn, and CBS Interactive, as well as startups such as Sling Media and Dijit. Learn more about Augie at

Arman Hezarkhani (Builder): Arman is the founder of Parthean, personal finance education for young professionals. In his current role, he's using transformers to make money easier for people, he's raised $2.8M, hired a small team, etc. Before this, he studied Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) at CMU, started two other startups, taught at CMU, and worked with Google. Learn more about Parthean at

Zhou Yu (Dreamer): Zhou is an Associate Professor at the CS Department, Columbia University. She is also a co-founder of which centers its efforts on harnessing the power of Conversational and Generative AI to empower and shape the future landscape of the workspace. She was featured on Forbes 30 under 30 in Science in 2018. Her team also won the 2018 Amazon Alexa Socialbot Competition. Her team’s work on Persuasive Dialog Systems also won the ACL 2019 best paper nomination.

Phil Bronner (Decision-Maker): Phil is Co-founder and Managing Partner of Ardent Venture Partners, an early-stage venture fund investing in B2B fintech, marketplaces, and vertical SaaS+. Throughout his 15-year career, he has led 16 investments totaling over $100 million with prior roles as Founder/Managing Member of Summer League Ventures and General Partner at Novak Biddle Venture Partners. Learn more about Ardent Venture Partners at

Moderated by Steven Guo (Facilitator): Steven is the President of CMU Tech & Entrepreneurship, which is building the infrastructure to support a community of thousands of Tartans across the tech and entrepreneurship continuum with programming, connection, and opportunity. He previously was at LifeX supporting an accelerator for early-stage health tech and life science startups in Pittsburgh and is passionate about building startup ecosystems with an interest in scaling social impact and social innovation.

This event will explore the opportunities and challenges within the current AI investment landscape from the lens of those on the frontlines of building an AI-powered tech startup, driving new innovations from academia, and a snapshot on where the investment landscape is trending. Don't miss this chance to hear from active operators in the field and gain valuable knowledge whether you're an investor, entrepreneur, or simply curious about the future of AI.


4:30-4:55 Meet & Greet with Panelists
5:00-5:10 CMU T&E intro
5:10-6:00 Panel
6:00-6:05 Wrap-up and Housekeeping
6:05-7:00 Networking

Entrance is located on Water St.

Here is the virtual option if you can't make it in person [NEW LINK]:

Brought to you by CMU Tech & Entrepreneurship (CMU T&E), a community of over 7,000+ Carnegie Mellon alumni and students across the tech and entrepreneurship continuum seeking to build the infrastructure that enables connection, programming, and opportunities for Tartans to shape the innovations of tomorrow and move further, faster, together.

This event is a part of #TechWeek - a week of events hosted by VCs and startups to bring together the tech ecosystem.”

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