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Forethought AI won the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt 2018. Since then, the company has raised two rounds of funding and is now a leader in human-centric AI. During this livestream, Dean Nicholas, CEO and Co-Founder of Forethought, and Vanessa Larco, NEA Partner and Forethought Board Observer, spoke about the company’s early days. They detailed how Forethought launched its AI-powered service in a highly competitive and booming tech industry.
Nicholas shared the presentation that helped the company win the Startup Battlefield. He admits the deck design is ugly, but it worked in part because of a few key slides about pulling and partners.
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