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With Lindon Gao (Co-Founder/CEO, Caper).
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 06:00 PM   $8
Data Future Lab, 137 Varick St, 2rd Fl

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This month we're chatting with Lindon Gao, as he takes us through his startup journey with Caper! Along with our fireside chat, there will be a moderated Q&A, refreshments, & tons of tactical insight. (You must bring a valid ID to enter)
Lindon Gao is the Co-founder & CEO of Caper, a startup that is creating a frictionless consumer shopping experience by building smart shopping carts that are powered by deep learning & computer vision to enable cashierless checkout. Essentially, Caper is the cart-based point-of-sale system that aims to rival AmazonGo. Shoppers can simply place items into their Caper cart (which have built-in sensors/cameras that identify the items & tally a virtual basket) & once finished, they can conveniently pay on the cart & leave the store. The technology is currently deployed in a number of NY supermarkets & is piloting with 3 of the largest grocery companies in the world. To date, Caper has raised $3M in seed funding led by First Round Capital. Besides being a Y Combinator advisor & a part of the YC (W16) batch himself, Lindon has previously worked as an investment banker specializing in the retail & consumer M&A.
In our chat with Lindon we'll be deep diving into:

What he took away from Y Combinator (besides capital ;)

How he made a pivot from his previous startup & founded Caper

The importance of user testing + finding Product-Market Fit

How has design thinking shaped the user-experience & user-interface of Caper

Data. Data. Data. How Caper could leverage data to help both brands & merchants

How Caper's technology is taking on AmazonGo

The future of AI in retail

Show Flow:
6:00 - 6:15: Networking & Refreshments
6:15 - 6:45: Fireside chat with Lindon Gao
6:45 - 7:15: Moderated Q&A
7:15 - 7:30: Closing & Networking
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