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Modernist: Generative AI Panel with leading minds/investors in the space

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Meet and learn from top experts and investors in Generative AI. The Modernist is hosting a Generative AI panel & happy hour social on Wednesday March 29.

This event will feature a short panel of AI experts, including Ben Parr (former Co-Editor of Mashable, co-founder of Octane AI), Cathy Gao (partner at Sapphire Ventures) and Luigi Congedo (AI investor, former VC at Boostrap Labs), Kathleen Chaykowski (Former reporter @ Forbes, head of integrated comms at Tome, AI powered storytelling)

Modernist Members are guaranteed entry (May bring 1 guest, pending capacity)


Once approved, your registration grants access to all three segments

6p Reception (includes complimentary bites from ModX executive chef Cat Wang (Akiko's, Kin Khao)

7p Panel

7:45p AI Happy Hour/Social

Apologies, but due to capacity limitations we will only be able to accommodate a limited number of registration requests. Please register here for our Happy Hour Social that begins after the panel (approx 745p), where we’ll have more availability


About our Panelists & Moderator

Ben Parr is a distinguished entrepreneur, journalist, author, AI expert, and investor, whose career has revolved around examining the influence of technology, particularly AI, on society and the future. 

He is the President and Co-Founder of Octane AI, the generative AI and zero-party data platform for ecommerce brands. The platform enables AI-driven quizzes and surveys for numerous merchants and brands, assisting them in personalizing marketing channels and fostering deeper customer relationships. Octane AI, established in 2016, has received backing from notable investors such as General Catalyst, Bullpen, Javelin Partners. Parr's insights on AI and technology can be found in his popular newsletter, The Social Analyst, and his TikTok channel, where he educates the public on AI's future.

Parr serves on the board of directors for the Leila Janah Foundation, which focuses on providing work and advancing social enterprise in Africa and beyond. He previously served on the board of directors of Sama, the AI data training platform. He has also been an investor and advisor for various private and public companies, such as Lufthansa, Aug X Labs, and Ustream (acquired by IBM). 

Parr is the author of the acclaimed book "Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention," which delves into the science and psychology of attention and features insights from prominent figures like Sheryl Sandberg and David Copperfield. Before this, Parr was Co-Editor and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, and a technology columnist for CNET. He was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2012, recognized as one of the top 10 tech journalists globally by Say Media, and holds a degree from Northwestern University.


Cathy is a General Partner at Sapphire Ventures, a $10B AUM venture capital firm, where she focuses on investing in enterprise SaaS companies. Prior to venture, Cathy spent time as an operator joining Gusto at the Series B and began her career at Blackstone.

Cathy graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in economics and a minor in history. She is a history nerd and enjoys reading biographies in her spare time. Cathy is also a staunch advocate for women in technology and venture capital and is a proud member of AllRaise.


Luigi Congedo is an Italian entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist based in Silicon Valley.

Former Venture Capitalist at BootstrapLabs, Luigi has invested in startups since 2014. With over 25 investments, 1 IPO, 6 multi million exits in his portfolio. He actively advises companies and accelerators worldwide. He was featured in 2018 as Top 100 Italian Leaders by Forbes.

As an entrepreneur, he founded, one of the first online pharmacies in Italy, and, an e-learning platform on the mission to empower young professionals to improve their community by applying the most advanced skills in Artificial Intelligence. He currently spends his time investing in Web3 and AI, and is working on launching a new Venture Capital firm. 


Kathleen Chaykowski - Moderator

Kathleen leads Integrated Comms at Tome, the first AI-native storytelling format. Tome is trusted by millions of storytellers around the world, from founders and executives, to students, creatives, and go-to-market teams. Tome fuses collaborative AI with an innovative format, which powers any type of tool or live content on a fluid, mobile-responsive canvas. Tome was co-founded in 2020 by CEO Keith Peiris and CPO Henri Liriani, former product leaders at Meta.

Prior to Tome, Kathleen led Robinhood Snacks, a “biz pop” newsletter with 40 million subscribers. She earlier served as a staff writer at Forbes covering tech, social media, and billionaires. She studied English and Journalism at Stanford University, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Stanford Daily.


ModX Executive Chef Cat Wang

After winning an episode of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen, Cat traveled extensively in Asia, staging at some of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, including L’Effervescence, Nahm, and Gaa.

Since moving to the Bay Area, she worked at Tosca Cafe, Michelin-starred Kin Khao, and most recently, Akiko’s Restaurant (Eater, “The 38 Essential Restaurants in San Francisco”). Her modern Asian omakase menu is a playful take of western influence on Asian cuisine as well as vice versa, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since she garnered her cooking chops in Los Angeles as an alumni from James Beard winning animal restaurant.

In Cat’s words, “The merging of cultures as represented in today’s food is a beautiful thing and should be celebrated.”

We source Michelin quality ingredients and utilize the best seasonal products that the Bay Area has to offer. Our premium seafood is either flown in overnight from Toyosu Market or locally sourced during peak season.