3AI EVOKE Leadership Roundtable Series-Session 2



AI for Startups: The New Template for Hypergrowth & Customer Experience

AI for Startups: The New Template for Hypergrowth & Customer Experience


Friday, 8th October, 2021 | 3pm – 4:15pm IST


Friday, 8th October, 2021 | 3pm – 4:15pm IST

How AI is redefining customer acquisition and enhanced customer experience

AI’s Impact on startups for competitive advantage

How AI is improving product functionality, features & usage

Knowledge Partner


Increasingly, Startups have initiated leveraging AI to the core and consequently, external funding deployed to artificial intelligence (AI) startups by VC/PE firms have reached a record high. Last year, VCs struck 859 deals with AI companies, nearly five times the number that signed on the dotted line four years before. To date, the market contains 2,045 AI startups with more joining by the day.

AI’s rapid rise have revolutionized startups and compelled them to reimagine the growth & scalability quotients along with accentuating customer experience and whilst, we have just glimpsed the tip of this iceberg, it’s clear AI is no longer some nebulous technology of the future. It’s an integral part of strategy for the startups.

The roundtable session consisting of AI & Analytics leaders from Uber, Swiggy, GoJek, Lenskart will dwell upon various perspectives on how startups are leveraging AI for sustained growth and enhanced customer experience and will share several illustrations & anecdotal experiences.

The session will be moderated by Manas Agarwal , CEO – Affine.

3AI EVOKE Roundtable Speakers

Manas is an AI evangelist, business builder, and entrepreneur at heart. As the CEO of Affine, Manas is responsible for promoting client-first culture and ensuring Affine’s sustainable growth through driving strategic, transformative, and impact-driven AI capabilities & solutions for global enterprises. 

 He works closely with CXO’s, from the largest gaming companies to the most reputed luxury car makers, manufacturing giants, and global technology behemoths, helping them define and execute transformation mandates, leveraging the trifecta of AI, Data-Engineering & Cloud. 

 With two decades of experience in the AI & Analytics arena, Manas is enabling enterprises to successfully traverse from concept to transformation on their AI maturity journey. His inspiring professional journey as an analytics curator & transformer empowers him with a unique understanding of applying AI for business transformation & innovation. 

 Having spent his campus days at IIT Kharagpur and ISB Hyderabad, and his professional stint with marquee organizations like IBM, Dell, and Accenture, he brings the best learning from both academia & industry. At Affine, he continues to build on that to offer more to his clients. 

Ishu is a seasoned data science professional with multifarious work experience in delivering analytical insight, ML models at Swingy, Dell, Genpact, Fractal for global clients across multiple industry segments.

In her current role at Swiggy, Ishu is responsible for leading & driving analytics strategy & interventions across four areas: Customer,  Delivery, Storefront & Business performance to enable Swiggy being a premier player in the marketplace. Ishu has constantly delivered actionable statistical insights to enable executive decisions across business functions: Marketing, Sales. Operations and she has extensive experience in working across roles straddling as vendor, a client managing and creating new vendor relationships and as ally to product managers.

Ishu is an alumnus of the University of Delhi, Sriram College of Commerce and Delhi School of Economics

Data Science Leader

Javed is the Data Science Leader at UBER. He has a proven and fast forward 17+ years professional experience in analytics space spanned across banking and e-Commerce segments.

Prior to joining UBER, Javed worked at eBay in San Jose & Bangalore and worked solving challenging and interesting problems in the areas of Buyers/Sellers experience, Product funnels, Biz performance and Marketing Analytics. Previous to eBay, Javed worked with Wells Fargo, HSBC and Capital One in the credit cards domain working in account management strategies and analyzing various marketing campaigns.

Head of Data
GoFood, Gojek

Mathangi Sri has a 17+ years of proven track record in building world-class data sciences solutions and products. She has overall 20 patent grants in the area of intuitive customer experience and user profiles. She has recently published a book with  Apress,Springer – “Practical Natural Language Processing with Python”.

Mathangi is currently heading the data organization of GoFood, Gojek. In the past she has built data science teams across large organizations like Citibank, HSBC, GE and tech startups like 247.ai, PhonePe. She  is an active contributor in the Data Science community – through lectures, talks, blogs and advisory roles. She is a guest faculty in many premium academic institutes across the country like IIIT Sri City, IIM Kashipur, NIT Trichy etc.

Mathangi is recognized as one of “The Phenomenal SHE” by Indian National Bar Association in 2019, top 10 data scientists by analytics india magazine in 2018, top AI leaders in India 2021 by 3AI association

Saurabh Agrawal is an entrepreneurial mindset leader with first principle approach to innovation. Passion for building digital enterprise & consumer products and solutions with the use of exponential & deep technologies like IoT, AI & Cloud in the eCommerce, financial services and manufacturing domains.

With about two decades of experience, Saurabh has established profitable business units/divisions in digital product and enterprise analytics and businesses from scratch. He has held various leadership positions with American Express, Tata group and Motherson Group.

Himanshu is an Analytics enthusiast and an Ex-BCGer specialized in solving complex business problems using new age AI and ML solutions. He is an University Gold Medallist with more than 12 years of experience in data analytics and business consulting. Exposure to multiple domains such as Insurance, Telecom, Retail, E-com and Consumer Good. He has a Rich onsite experience of managing long term analytics based consulting engagements in diversified geographies like The United States, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and India.


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