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Artificial Intelligence:

The Next Big Investment Destination


SoftBank's first female venture partner, Kirthiga Reddy shares her insights on the impact of technology across verticals, investing in cutting-edge technologies, the challenges in adopting AI-powered technology, focusing on the right business problems, & how technology can create an infinitely better product further assisting in achieving scale

This conversation from our 'Women in AI' series brings together a global women leader from SoftBank and the CEO of one of the largest conversational AI platforms in an open discussion on focuses on a diverse array of topics. This conversation entails:


  • The impact of technology across verticals (with live demos)
  • Challenges business leaders face in adopting AI and related tech
  • Frontier technologies and the evolving quantum Industry 
  • Relevant technologies of the future that the SoftBank Vision Fund has brought to reality 
  • Diversity and the growth of women in STEM and frontier technologies
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Kirthiga Reddy

Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers

Kirthiga Reddy has worked with pioneers like Silicon Graphics, Good Technology (acquired by Motorola), and Phoenix Technologies. She joined Facebook as their first employee in India. Her focus is frontier technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, health tech, biological engineering, semiconductors, the Internet of Things, quantum computing. Kirthiga is the first female investing partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers

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Host: Aakrit Vaish

Co-Founder & CEO, Haptik

Aakrit Vaish is the Co-Founder & CEO of Haptik, one of the world’s largest conversational AI companies. He started the company in 2013 and lead it to a successful strategic investment with Reliance Industries in 2019 in a $100 million transaction. Aakrit invests in startups and has been a part of the Entrepreneur 35 Under 35 and Business World 40 Under 40 Lists.