AI Product Development from 0 to 1: Startup Grind feat. Paul Canetti (Skej)

Jul 23, 10:00 PM – Jul 24, 1:00 AM

New York City

The Yard: Herald Square, 106 West 32nd Street, New York, 10001

Join us on Tuesday, July 23 to learn how to build AI products that people actually want -- and how to avoid becoming "just another AI tool" lost to the dustbin of startup history.

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About this event

In the early stages of startup life, the path from idea to product can be exciting.

Until you realize you built a flashy thing that no one cares about. And then you're not an "entrepreneur" -- you're just "unemployed."

Transforming a concept into a viable, market-ready AI product requires not just technical skills, but a deep understanding of the users' needs and the marketplace. It's a journey from 0 to 1 that tests a founder's vision, resilience, and strategic acumen.

This is the challenge that Paul Canetti, a seasoned entrepreneur with a track record in innovative startups, tackled head-on. From launching MAZ, a pioneering digital publishing platform, to founding Skej, an AI-driven scheduling assistant, Paul has navigated the complex landscape of developing and scaling cutting-edge technology solutions.

Join us on Tuesday, July 23 to hear Paul share his experience and insight on how to bridge the gap between an initial idea and a successful product, how to iterate effectively, and how to align your product with the real needs of the market.

Tickets for this event include food and drinks, as well as exclusive access to this entrepreneur who will show founders and product managers how to manage the lifecycle of an AI product -- from conception to launch -- and share how strategic thinking, user-centered design, and a clear vision can transform challenges into opportunities and innovations into market successes.

You'll also meet dozens of other high-performing entrepreneurs who are creating their next big thing. Seriously, it's some of the best founder networking in the city.

We're meeting LIVE AND IN-PERSON at The Yard, a coworking space at the intersection of innovation, creativity, design, & play -- with locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Philly, and DC -- with a variety of shared and private workspace options. If you are interested in learning more or scheduling a visit, you can do so here.

Getting a ticket guarantees admission. No long lines outside. No waitlist. No wondering if you'll even get in.

And don't miss our recurring founder social events over coffee or cocktails. It's a great opportunity for operators to network with each other to share best practices and find new resources to build your startup the right way. See the full event lineup here.


  • Paul Canetti


    CEO and Co-founder



July 23 – 24, 2024
10:00 PM – 1:00 AM UTC


Networking with food and drinks
Conversation with Paul Canetti
Community Shoutouts
More networking


  • Joshua Ness


    Managing Director, Startup Grind

  • Tova Feldheim



  • Alex Koshykov


    Events Team

  • Jenny Sumeragi

    CEO & Founder, JS Global Investment

  • Arjun Mehta

    Off Campus Ai


  • Colleen Wong

    Reify Ventures

    General badass

  • Ami Berger

    Startup Grind

    VP of Happy Hours

  • Valencia Tong

    Columbia Venture Community

    Global Board Member and Marketing Lead

Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies


The Yard logo

The Yard

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