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Rana el Kaliouby

Machine learning specialist Rana el Kaliouby was the co-founder & CEO of Affectiva, and is now Deputy CEO at Smart Eye. She’s the author of the memoir Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology.

“On a deathbed, nobody says, ‘I wish I’d had 10% higher revenues.’ Everybody says, ‘I wish I had done things that were meaningful.’”

— Rana el Kaliouby
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Featured in these episodes:
Rana el Kaliouby, guest
February 2, 2021

Great entrepreneurs aren’t just product obsessed; they’re impact obsessed. Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and CEO of Affectiva, has spent most of her career thinking about how to project – and steward – the possible uses of artificial intelligence. Affectiva uses AI to read people’s emotional states, but Rana won’t put her software to work for just anyone. She’s walking a fine line between thoughtfully nurturing her idea and being a cranky custodian: potentially throttling the scale of her business. It’s a risk she’s willing to take. She understands that entrepreneurship isn’t just about providing a product or service that people love, or creating jobs; it’s about asking: “Am I making a net contribution to society – not just right now, but for future generations?”

Rana el Kaliouby, cameo
October 17, 2019

Tory Burch built a billion-dollar business from the ground up, by speeding forward when others might have hit pause, and showing watchful patience when others may have gone full tilt. In our live onstage interview, she shows how this approach plays out in her global business — and in her impactful foundation that supports women business owners. With appearances by the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Lehua Kamalu and Affectiva’s Rana el Kaliouby.