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Deon Nicholas

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Deon Nicholas

Full Name: Deon Nicholas

Born: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Job: Co-founder & CEO

Works for: Forethought Technologies, Inc.

Primary Industry: Software

Nationality: Canadian

Residence: San Francisco Bay Area, California

Deon Nicholas is CEO & Co-Founder of Forethought, one of the leading generative AI platform for customer support automation. The company has raise over 90M in venture capital from 42 investors, including LL Cool Jay, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashton Kutcher, Baron Davis, Robert Downey Jr., owner of the Utah Jazz, Ryan Smith and Vlad Tenev, CEO of Robinhood.

Mr. Nicholas grew up in Toronto, Canada, where as a teenager he fell in love with computers and video games. He went on to study computer science at the University of Waterloo and interned at Facebook and Palantir. He then worked at Dropbox and Pure Storage, where he developed a passion for solving technically difficult problems.

Mr. Nicholas has ML publications and infrastructure patents, was a World Finalist at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, and was named to Forbes 30 under 30. He advises other innovators to trust themselves and their curiosity, and to always ask why, follow the threads, and see where it takes them. Mr. Nicholas is a family man, basketball enthusiast, and an endless learner—always striving for growth and development.

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