12:30 - Taking your baby out of the lab
24:20 - Getting the timing right
29:55 - Acquiring inbound leads
36:27 - How the team changes over the years
41:56 - Selling Seervision
Nikos Kariotoglou is the co-founder and CEO at Seervision, an industry pioneer in AI-driven camera automation software to enable effective hybrid collaboration in corporate boardrooms or lecture halls. He holds a PhD in Control Engineering from ETH and a M.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London, and worked as a post-doc researcher at ETH’s Automatic Control Laboratory before starting Seervision in 2016.
Seervision is a provider of AI-powered camera automation software to streamline video production workflows. Seervision improved on the existing surveillance-type automated cameras, which were only able to detect objects, by adding the ability to predict the object’s behavior and move based on this prediction. Their initial project was recording lectures at ETH, but nowadays offer their services for a wide range of applications, such as videoconferencing and live presentations. Their software requires robotic cameras to run, so Seervision sells customers the cameras and then a software subscription as well.
In June 2023 Seervision announced they had been acquired by California-based Q-Sys. Nikos remains active in the company.
"The gap between research and practice is 10+. So research can never come too early out of the lab. If you have a hypothesis, go for it."
"You’ve built a product. But you’re not just selling that: you’re selling the service, and tailoring it to the customer."
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