Chris Nicholson is the CEO of Skymind, a San Francisco-based startup, which makes open-source artificial intelligence tools for businesses and employs about 30 people in the U.S., Canada and Asia. He says the company was fragile at the start — until it got its first investment of $200,000 from Chinese consumer tech powerhouse Tencent.

Chris Nicholson is the CEO of Skymind, a San Francisco-based startup, which makes open-source artificial intelligence tools for businesses and employs about 30 people in the U.S., Canada and Asia. He says the company was fragile at the start — until it got its first investment of $200,000 from Chinese consumer tech powerhouse Tencent.