April 16, 2019


Written by

Tyler Gallagher

Women Leading The AI Industry: “The reality is that the AI industry needs women more than the other way around.”

Heidi Messer, Co-Founder & Chairperson of Collective[i], interviewed for Thrive Global's "Women Leading The AI Industry" series

As part of my series about the women leading the Artificial Intelligence industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Heidi Messer. Heidi is the Chairperson and co-Founder of Collective[i], a pioneer in the future of work movement where technology is used to augment talent and free people from error-ridden and tedious tasks. Collective[i] helps B2B sales organizations improve productivity and grow revenue by using a network of data and machine learning to better understand their buyers and their preferences to optimize outcomes. Heidi has been an active entrepreneur and investor in the digital economy since the commercialization of the Internet. Previously she co-founded LinkShare Corporation, host to one of the world’s largest online affiliate networks representing the world’s premier publishers and merchants on the web, which was acquired by Rakuten for $425 million in 2005.

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