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Summary

Artificial intelligence is transforming every industry, but if you want to win with AI, you have to put it first on your priority list.

AI-First companies are the only trillion-dollar companies, and soon they will dominate even more industries, more definitively than ever before. These companies succeed by design -they collect valuable data from day one and use it to train predictive models that automate core functions. As a result, they learn faster and outpace the competition in the process. Thankfully, you don't need a PhD to learn how to win with AI.

In The AI-First Company, internationally-renowned start-up investor Ash Fontana offers an executable guide for applying AI to business problems. It's a playbook made for real companies, with real budgets, that need strategies and tactics to effectively implement AI. Whether you're a new online retailer or a Fortune 500 company, Fontana will teach you how to:

  • Identify the most valuable data
  • Build the teams that build AI
  • Integrate AI with existing processes and keep it in check
  • Measure and communicate its effectiveness
  • Reinvest the profits from automation to compound competitive advantage

If the last 50 years were about getting AI to work in the lab, the next 50 years will be about getting AI to work for people, businesses, and society. It's not about building the right software - it's about building the right AI. The AI-First Company is your guide to winning with artificial intelligence.

This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of a glossary and diagrams from the book.

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Critic reviews

“An engaging read with important implications for the future of business. Whether you’re launching a start-up or integrating emerging technologies into your existing company, Ash Fontana provides not only a comprehensive framework for understanding AI, but also practical advice for developing an ‘AI-First’ mindset.” (Eric Schmidt, former executive chair and CEO of Google and cofounder of Schmidt Futures)

“Ash Fontana thinks about building companies in a really unique way. His ideas helped companies like ours get started, and now they’re in a book for you to use, too.” (Melanie Perkins, cofounder and CEO of Canva)

“A must-read for anyone who seeks to understand the history and future of AI, and, more importantly: how to apply it to business in a very tactical and direct way.” (Tom Tunguz, managing director of Redpoint Ventures and author of Winning with Data)

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  • Anthony Goldbloom
  • 28-05-21

Very clear and pragmatic guide to deploying AI.

Loved it. Very clear and pragmatic guide to deploying AI. I've been in the field for a while and thought the best practice guidance was spot on. Learned a lot from the parts of the book at the intersection of AI and business strategy.