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“I propose to consider this question, ‘Can machines think?”

– Alan Turing, 1950

“We’re now in the generation of generative AI where data has almost become a member of our team. We can interact with it, we can talk to it, and it can talk back to us. It’s very exciting. We know this is going to be a big technological change; I think the question many of us are trying to answer is, how big? What prediction can we make for the changes generative AI will bring to the way we work, the way we play, and the way we live in general?  Is it going to be as big as smartphones or the internet itself? We don’t know yet. One thing we do know is that humans tend to overestimate the impact of technology in the short term and underestimate its impact in the long term.

– Neil Roseman

Neil Roseman

Technologist in Residence, Summit Partners Peak Performance Group

Neil works closely with the Summit team and our portfolio companies to assist with engineering organization design and architecture strategy. He brings over 20 years of experience in building high-scale software and web services for consumers and the enterprise.

Neil spent a decade at Amazon.com where he served as Vice President of Technology, responsible for Amazon.com’s Marketplace Platform, Digital Media Technologies, and World-wide Retail Software systems. He was instrumental in developing products, software and services for the Kindle line of e-readers, and he led many of Amazon’s most successful product launches, including Music and DVD stores, Marketplace, Amazon China and the initial Amazon Web Services product. Neil’s teams built and designed the Subscriptions Platform and Digital Ordering systems, which are still used globally by Amazon Prime, all Amazon Digital offerings and other Amazon.com services.

After Amazon, Neil served as Vice President of Engineering for Zynga, where he created the company’s platform and led the launch of Zynga.com. Prior to Zynga, he founded Evri.com, which developed a new way for people to discover and engage with content on the web using a deep natural language approach. Earlier in his career, Neil worked for pioneering Internet music e-commerce startup Music Boulevard and BIOSIS (acquired by Thompson Reuters Scientific), a provider of indexing and search tools for the biology and life sciences communities.

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