Director, Applied Artificial Intelligence

Georgian Partners

Georgian Partners is looking for exceptional individuals to join our experienced team of business, technology and investment professionals. As thesis-driven investors we identify, invest in and partner with growth stage business software companies that are positioned to outperform competition by executing against one or more of our thesis areas.

Our Fund I and II investments were based on the thesis that software and information services companies can increase their value, to both shareholders and customers, through applied analytics, and at this point we’re seeing it broadly and successfully adopted.

In Fund III we will continue our thesis-driven approach, expanding our focus into three additional areas where we think companies can benefit from the deep exploitation of emerging technology and business trends:

Applied Artificial Intelligence:

We believe artificial intelligence is well poised to impact core business processes. We expect software companies that leverage AI to improve and accelerate business processes will be rewarded with above average success and corresponding growth in value. Security First: We believe the importance of building security and privacy into software from the bottom up will grow exponentially to become critical to software selection, commanding premium prices and increasing company value.

Messaging for Business:

We recognize that conversational, natural language messaging will become ubiquitous for interacting with customers. Software companies that lead the market in providing customers with options to transact via messaging will grow faster than their counterparts. To accelerate the development of these new thesis areas, we are looking for visionaries to lead the firm’s thesis development efforts, partner with our portfolio company CEOs, CTOs and executives on their execution, and exploit these trends internally for our own firm’s advantage.

This is a unique opportunity to join our multidisciplinary Impact Team of operators committed to driving our thesis-driven strategy and differentiation. We hire, reward and promote people who demonstrate our core values, behaviors and skills. People are evaluated on not only how well they do their job, but also how they contribute to our team and culture.

What you’ll be doing:

You will lead Georgian Partners’ primary research into and the ongoing development of our Applied Artificial Intelligence thesis area and develop sufficient expertise to support the other thesis areas, and our investment team.

You will develop thesis frameworks, dimensions and principles to demonstrate our leadership, convey complex concepts to entrepreneurs and structure portfolio company initiatives. You will contribute to the further development of Georgian Partners’ thought leadership in your thesis area by authoring written content and pursuing public speaking opportunities. As importantly, you will keep abreast of emerging technologies and business applications and develop a strong network of experts spanning universities, user groups, industry leaders and potential expert candidates for our portfolio companies.

You will use your thesis expertise to help identify prospects for investment. You’ll review available information and join introductory meetings with entrepreneurs to help us zero in on the most interesting companies. You will support the investment due diligence processes by scoring companies using developed frameworks, assessing risks and opportunities, and company relevance to the firm’s thesis. You’ll document, present and defend findings to the investment team lead on the deal.

As a thesis lead, you will engage with portfolio companies to accelerate their growth. You will craft, clarify and simplify business strategy, map technology direction, build alignment and enthusiasm within organizations, and drive execution to effect change. You will take initiative from strategy through to solution, leveraging people, process and technology to consistently grow and transform our portfolio companies.

You’ll develop and execute workshops to help portfolio companies identify, prioritize and gain executive commitment for thesis strategies and initiatives. You will secure and lead consultative engagements that build strategy adoption and marshal resources to drive business, operational and technical execution. You will build and maintain strong relationships with portfolio company leaders and support their ongoing thesis related requests.

Georgian Partner’s embraces our own these areas to support internal processes. We continue to leverage applied analytics to find and evaluate pipeline companies. You will identify, build support for and coordinate the execution of internal thesis related initiatives that support and contribute to our pursuit of excellence.

Whom we’re looking for:

You’re already known as an industry leader in artificial intelligence, and have excellent academic credentials. You’ve had 10 or more years of hands on practical experience building and applying your expertise in a high growth software development environment. You have a strong interest in venture capital and private equity investing.

You are a strategic thinker with a consultative approach who excels at securing engagements, building relationships and influencing both business and technical professionals. You are adept at clarifying business priorities and brokering stakeholder agreement to focus on initiatives with the highest cross organizational impact. You take calculated risks and pursue information to reduce uncertainty.

You are a team player who influences outcomes with an informed, fact-based and transparent interaction style. You understand how different individuals, teams and organizations function, react appropriately to those factors, and leverage that understanding to get things done. You form opinions thoughtfully, objectively and wisely to make good decisions. You propose strategies and solutions that challenge and expand the thinking of everyone around you.

You are honest, transparent and thoughtful in communications and inspire confidence and build enthusiasm with every interaction. You are an executive partner who can cut through complex technical jargon to convey the underlying concepts that enable and transform business. You are business orientated, skilled author and a passionate presenter with presence and gravitas. You apply candor and consensus skillfully.

You display a natural tendency to do everything as well as it can possibly be done without oversight. You strive to improve and meet new, higher standards of personal and professional excellence. You demonstrate natural curiosity, display a love for learning and have a desire to experiment and try new things. You thrive in an environment of collaborative autonomy.

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How to apply:

We’d like to hear from you if you are that rare individual who combines business acumen and organizational savvy with thought leadership and deep subject matter expertise. Apply here