04 Dec December 4, 2023 – AI Smyth OS Alexander De Ridder and Vampr LinkedIn for Creatives Josh Simons
Alexander De Ridder – Co-Founder of CTO of Smyth OS, AI Visionary – Transforming Business Through AI
With AI, we are not looking at a 10x improvement, we are looking at a
100x improvement in terms of Labor savings.
Alexander De Ridder is the Co-Founder and CTO of Smyth which is at the forefront of revolutionizing artificial intelligence systems. Smyth provides the foundational platform, Smyth OS, to bring this future to life for governments and enterprises worldwide. De Ridder, a Houstonian of 20 years, is equal part computer scientist, entrepreneur and marketer. He co-founded and sold multiple multi-million dollar marketing agencies and is a thought leader in both SEO and AI, widely respected for his innovation and vision. He was, for example, the Co-Founder, Visionary, and CTO at Edgy Labs, LLC, a multimillion dollar marketing agency that serves many Fortune 500 companies with an incredible team of experts in SEO. Edgy was acquired by Compass.uol on November 1st, 2021. As a co-founder, Alexander (Or ADR as his team calls him) has worn many hats – project manager, subject matter expert, chief strategist, leader, chief technology officer – but most importantly, he remains the visionary and chief innovator.
Josh Simons – Co-Founder, CEO of Vampr
If you go to VamPR.me and scroll to the bottom you can see in real time
the number of people that are making connections. Right now it’s at 8,729,000.
Josh Simons (Co-Founder, CEO) – After discovering how difficult it was to make the appropriate contacts and meet other music industry professionals, Josh created a network that helps independent musicians navigate the modern music landscape to monetize their work. He can share ways on How to Find Opportunities As a Young Musician Today. The world’s largest and most active social-professional network for musicians (often dubbed the “LinkedIn for creatives”). Recognised by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies in 2022, Vampr is home to over one million users, and active in every country on the planet. The music startup has helped fledgling musicians broker over 8 million connections worldwide. Vampr offers a free solution for young musicians, built by a sympathetic founding team of established musicians with Josh’s co-founder, Baz Palmer, best known as the lead guitarist for seminal hall-of-fame rock band, Hunters & Collectors. Simons has grown Vampr into a multi-award winning platform, including most prestigious nods from both Apple and Google in their respective Best Apps lists. Over five funding rounds the company has raised $3.9M from VC, the crowd and music industry angels. Prior to running Vampr, Josh Simons spent the better part of a decade as a successful artist, songwriter & producer. His artist project Buchanan enjoyed multi-million streams & chart impressions worldwide. They retired from the live circuit following a sold-out arena tour opening for Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood. As a producer and songwriter, Simons has shared credits with Travis Scott, Troye Sivan and Kanye West to name a few. In April 2020 Simons was named in The Music Network’s 30 Under 30 List in addition to being voted Reader’s Choice. Simons holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University.