AI specialist joins ffVC as venture partner

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Kathryn Hume, venture partner, ff Venture Capital. Photo courtesy of the firm.

Early-stage venture firm ff Venture Capital has hired Kathryn Hume as a venture partner to advise portfolio companies and teams, drawing on her business background in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Hume joins ffVC from, a Toronto-based SaaS artificial intelligence platform company, and she will continue in her role as vice president of product and strategy for the company. Previously, she served as president of Fast Forward Labs, advising Fortune 500 companies on applying AI, data science, and machine learning to business problems and served as a visiting professor on technology and law at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.

Hume, who lives in Toronto, earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago.

New York-based ffVC invests in such sectors as AI, cybersecurity, machine learning and drones. Last year, the firm announced an accelerator program for AI startups in collaboration with the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. Portfolio companies include smart baby monitor company Owlet, publisher insight platform, and AI robot operating system Cambrian Intelligence.

Photo of Kathryn Hume, venture partner at ff Venture Capital, courtesy of the firm.