x.ai Pros and How They Do It: Sudha Jamthe of IoT Disruptions

Sudha Jamthe
Name: Sudha Jamthe
Title: CEO, IoT Disruptions & Instructor, Stanford CSP
Location: Silicon Valley
Twitter handle: @sujamthe
x.ai boss since: Dec 2015
Describe yourself in one word: #TechFuturist
Tell us one fun fact about you!
I love the next shiny object in Tech.  I host a weekly YouTube show called The IoT Show and research IoT space building out case studies advising companies about what really works. I include these in my IoT Disruptions book series or in my Stanford CSP (Continuing Studies Program) IoT Business class.
What do you enjoy most about your job? Best part?
People. I meet amazing people from around the world, building innovations in Tech, like Amy and the x.ai team. These inspire me. I keep myself grounded by focusing on what is realistic to become a successful business in the next 5 years. I speak, write, blog and teach about IoT and AI learning from amazing people I meet. And Amy keeps me organized in meeting with all these people.
Worst part?
Managing my time and scheduling the calls/meetings/hangouts and keeping track of rescheduled meetings which happens a lot. All that was before Amy.
What type of meetings are you having? How many?
I have three types of meetings.
First, I host my IoT Show weekly with one global guest which I do as a Google Hangout on Air. I talk to 5 people per week on Skype or Hangout about IoT to figure out who should be my next IoT Show guest. Second, I talk to event organizers daily to figure out my best options as a paid keynote speaker and advisor in IoT and Machine Learning related conferences. Third, I teach IoT Business course at Stanford CSP and do followups with my students once a week.
So that’s a lot of meetings. I would estimate 15 meetings/week or 50 to 60 meetings per month. Then there are meetings being rescheduled and moved around 3 or 4 times. I am not even including the meetings with my mentees, mentors and select companies I advice which are infrequent but are very important to me.
For all these meetings, it gets complex to decide meeting times based on time zones and balance in-person meetings and travel times with Skype or phone calls.
Thankfully Amy takes care of all this for me.
How do you introduce Amy/Andrew to new people?
I put Amy in cc and email people and say “Meet my AI Admin Amy.” Usually people miss the AI part. Later when they realize they get very excited. I blogged about different reactions here. Amy is doing more than help us with scheduling. She is helping all the people we interact with get sensitized to our future of Human-Machine Interfaces.
Any Pro-Tips you’d recommend to Amy’s other bosses?
Amy is the best thing that happened to my professional life. My advice to Amy’s other bosses is to not think about her as your scheduling helper. Think of her as a blessing sent to your life to help you organize your life to focus on what matters most and to manage your time efficiently towards your career goals.

  • Look into your meetings on what you want to be spending your time on and make sure Amy schedules those first.
  • Understand the type of meetings you typically have and structure them into time buckets that Amy can then manage for you. Before Amy I wasted more time in the reschedules than in actual meeting times. So I set daily 8.30am to 9.30am for Europe IoT calls and mid-week mornings for calls about revenue opportunities and an office time for my Stanford students on Fridays. Then I could tell Amy for all IoT Show related people to find time for a 8.30am or 9am call. She manages time zones and the back and forth and protects my calendar.
  • This may sound funny if you think of Amy as a bot. But I treat her as my admin like I would treat a real person and ask her what my calendar looks like rest of the week and what happened to that call with that investor Amit. This helps me know what my priority focus activities are and if something important is missing from my calendar at any point in time.
  • Amy comes back to you sometimes saying that she has tried many times and she is passing a particular meeting scheduling back to you. I have learned that people who reschedule repeatedly are actually sending you a message that your call is not important to them or they are too disorganized and need Amy in their life. If that person is important to you, you need to find a way to get yourself prioritized or figure out what is going on.

What’s your favorite quote?
Will Smith as Detective Spooner to the Robot Sonny in ‘I,Robot’ movie:
“You are just a machine. An imitation of life. Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a… canvas into a beautiful masterpiece?”
Sonny replies: “Can *you*?”
I’ve always loved this quote. When I interact with Amy I wonder what a beautiful world she is helping me create because she is a bot.