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Saman Farid
Partner at Baidu Ventures


Saman is a passionate supporter of early-stage startups. He built startups in the areas of e-commerce, IP television, and logistics management. After two exits, Saman decided to pursue his passion of helping entrepreneurs succeed by founding Comet Labs–a dedicated fund & incubator with the explicit goal of helping AI technology become widespread and productive. Saman invested in 48 companies through the fund, and helped incubate dozens of idea-stage companies and academic-breakthroughs. Saman previously and held positions at Honeywell, Verizon, Deloitte Consulting and Microsoft in roles ranging from R&D to operations optimization. He received his Bachelors degree in Control Systems Engineering from the Cooper Union and his MBA from Tsinghua and MIT. Looking for a more scalable way to help startups globally, Saman joined BV as a Partner leading the US team. He invests in AI companies in their early stages.

Agenda Sessions

  • AI and IoT – applications, disruptions, and solving real world problems