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From Afghanistan to AI: Understanding Data & Human Behavior →

Are you a founder? Are you curious about becoming one? Do you work with startups? Or want to work with startups? Are you curious about what makes founders try, and keep trying? Founders Forum is an educational series from NextGEN designed for entrepreneurs, their teams, and their supporters BY entrepreneurs, created to connect, inspire, and educate in core disciplines relevant to all startups and activate the ecosystem at large. Join Gary Shiffman, economist, entrepreneur, and writer, through his journey through the creation and adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) applications in U.S. national security and financial institutions over the past two decades. And, what he’s doing today!

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February 13 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Free

Venue

Atlas Local
25 Draper St STE A
Greenville, 29611 United States
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Learn how you can improve your efforts as a founder, walk away with outcomes you can apply directly to your business, and strengthen your relationships with peers and content experts.

Light refreshments will be provided with networking opportunities.

Gary M. Shiffman, PhD

Gary M. Shiffman first inspired us with his journey at the 2023 GROK Conference. He caught our attention with bananas saving lives and kept it by catching bad guys with AI. We were left wondering how Gary made his way to Greenville, SC from Afghanistan and Washington, DC. And, we want to know more.

Gary is an economist, entrepreneur, and writer. Through his teaching, writing, various government and corporate roles, and entrepreneurial ventures, he has led the creation and adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) applications in U.S. national security and financial institutions over the past two decades.

A Gulf War veteran and former national security professional in both the Pentagon and the Senate, he was appointed by the President of the United States to the position of Chief of Staff at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. As an academic, he has spearheaded social science contributions for DARPA research since 2009 and served as a professor at Georgetown University for two decades. He currently teaches Economics with the Clemson MBA program. He founded and is the former CEO of two Artificial Intelligence companies: Giant Oak, Inc. and Consilient, Inc. here in Greenville, SC.

Since 2009, his efforts have combined behavioral science methodologies with the rapidly advancing field of AI to refine the processes of understanding data and human behavior. Known for overcoming entrenched challenges, he’s garnered a reputation both as a results-driven scientist and a business leader at the frontiers of knowledge.

Gary believes that small teams change the world, so he actively supports people who show genuine passion for a mission and dedication to making meaningful contributions. Follow him on LinkedIn.