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March 4, 2019

The VentureFizz Podcast: Jennifer Lum - Co-Founder and COO at Forge.AI

For the 79th episode of our podcast, I interviewed Jennifer Lum, Co-Founder and COO at Forge.AI.

Jennifer is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup advisor. Her track record really speaks for itself. She was part of some legendary teams in the Boston tech scene - that being m-Qube, which was acquired by Verisign and Quattro Wireless, which was acquired by Apple. She then went on to be a Co-Founder of Adelphic Mobile, which was also acquired - this one by Time.

As an angel investor, she has invested in over 30 startups and companies like Crashlytics, Careport Health, TribeHR, and others have also exited. In addition, she is also really well known as an advisor and mentor for lots of companies & founders.

Forge.AI is tackling a very complex problem with a massive market opportunity. 80% of the world’s information is unstructured and not easily used by computers. That’s a lot of untapped potential and Forge.AI is transforming this unstructured information into machine-ready data for computational use. The company recently announced an $11M Series A round of funding led by Underscore VC.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover lots of topics, like:

  • Jennifer’s background including the details on how transformative her experience was at m-Qube and Quattro Wireless.
  • The story behind the founding of Adelphic, and its acquisition by Time.
  • All the details on Forge.AI, her latest startup and the market opportunity for their technology.
  • What she looks for in a company before making an angel investment and advice for people looking to become angel investors.
  • Her thoughts on the current state of the Boston tech scene and companies that she is excited about.
  • Plus, a lot more.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Pluralsight.

It is amazing what machine learning can do. With mounds of data being harvested every day, there’s so much we can learn and create.

Pluralsight, the technology learning platform, is using this data for the good of tech professionals everywhere. Their AI helps you see what level your tech skills are at and recommends opportunities to keep learning.

And they’re looking for help to make their algorithms even smarter. If changing the way the world learns technology through the intersection of Design, Product, Data Science and Engineering is right up your alley, apply to work at Pluralsight.

Want to work here? Visit pluralsight.com/venturefizz to learn more.

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.