Our mission as authors of Applied AI: A Handbook For Business Leaders is to educate leading executives and the public on the multitude of high-impact applications of modern machine learning and AI techniques. Through collaborative research, educational content, and strategic advisory, we inspire you to think creatively about how AI can be used to grow companies, revolutionize industries, and benefit society – but only if we use it wisely.

Applied AI Book Authors & Speakers

We represent diverse expertise in enterprise AI and help both technical and non-technical business leaders advance their understanding and mastery of applied artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Mariya Yao

Chief Technology & Product Officer, Metamaven

As a researcher and “AI designer”, Mariya helps executives gain mastery over technical concepts and effectively leverage machine intelligence to transform products and businesses. She speaks internationally at conferences like CES and SxSW, writes for Forbes about the interplay of human and machine intelligence, and is Editor-In-Chief of TOPBOTS, the largest publication and community for enterprise AI professionals. Prior to Metamaven, she was Founder & Creative Director at Xanadu, a design & innovation firm building emerging technologies in mobile, IoT, and VR for global corporations. She studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Duke University.


Mariya Can Teach You:

  • How to design AI powered products and services that people love to use
  • How to apply AI research and breakthroughs from industry and academia to your business
  • How to develop a data strategy and technology stack to enable scalable AI applications
  • How to lead successful AI teams of diverse executives, engineers, and experts
  • How to plan, manage, and measure progress for pilot AI initiatives
  • How to train non-technical executives on the technical nuances of applied AI

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Marlene Jia

Chief Executive Officer, Metamaven

Marlene guides global customers such as LinkedIn, Paypal, L’Oreal, and WPP on enterprise AI and bot innovation. Her expertise in enterprise software and best practices helps corporations successfully evaluate, develop, and integrate emerging technologies. Prior to Metamaven, she built go-to-market sales teams at high-growth companies like UStream, Wizeline, and Sales Bootcamp and was COO of Xanadu, a leading strategy and design firm in emerging technology. She’s recognized by INC as a top 10 keynote speaker and by Entrepreneur as a top 5 bot expert. Marlene studied economics at Northwestern University and has been a serial entrepreneur ever since.


Marlene Can Teach You:

  • How to identify antiquated enterprise workflows ripe for disruption by automation and AI.
  • How to navigate organizational politics and prepare your company for technological change
  • How to evaluate AI vendors and make the right decisions on whether to build vs. buy
  • How to assess M&A, investment, and partnership opportunities with AI companies
  • How to ensure robust implementation, integration, and deployment of AI technologies

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Our Satisfied Customers

It was such pleasure having Mariya speak onstage at CES 2018 about topics from her book, Applied AI! She made a highly technical topic very accessible and engaging for our audience of business leaders and technology professionals. I’d be delighted to invite her to speak again at a future event.

Cindy Stevens

Senior Director, Consumer Electronics Association

The authors’ energy, enthusiasm and expertise on artificial intelligence really shine through. They take a complicated topic and add to it the perfect balance of technical and applicable examples. Their presentation is a “14” out of “10.” All of them have a standing invitation to speak at any of my future conferences.

Jeff Pulver

Founder, MoNage & Vonage

Mariya gave a room full of C-Level executives a college level course in bots & AI. All the while, she got the room to break out in hysterics on a topic they knew little about. If you’re looking for timely tech trends presented in an entertaining and informative way, there’s no one better to go with than these ladies.

Bill Vreeland

Vice President, Medialink

We were all so impressed with Marlene’s presentation. Her knowledge on bots and AI is superlative and her presentation style is very confident, practiced, and engaging. Our attendees absolutely loved her — she was consistently listed as the “favorite” presentation in our evaluations.

Meg Freitag

Content Director, Insight Exchange Network

Marlene spoke at our AI With The Best conference along with industry pioneers Yoshia Bengio and Ian Goodfellow. She gave an astonishing presentation in front of 1000 technical attendees ranging from CTOs to developers! The topic beautifully complemented the conference by sharing insightful advice for AI strategy for executives, guided by her industry experience.

Amalia Alexandru

Director, AI With The Best

The authors’ presentation was fascinating and added a unique dimension to our conference. They were able to convert a complex, technical topic into something tangible for the entire company. They added great value to the experience and were a pleasure to work with.

Irina Manoliu

VP of Communications, LVMH

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