Brian Brackeen

Managing Partner / Lightship Capital
Brian Brackeen is the Managing Partner of Lightship Capital, an inclusion focussed venture fund servicing underrepresented, early stage businesses. As Managing Partner, Brian is responsible for fund operations and leads the AI development team.

Prior to Lightship, Brian founded the globally recognized Miami based face recognition innovator, Kairos. His leadership saw the company selected by Wall Street Journal as one of the top 25 startups in the country, and drove growth within the company and the face recognition space— positioning Kairos alongside tech giants like Microsoft and Face++ as one of the world’s foremost face recognition software providers. Kairos has processed nearly a billion faces for many of the Fortune 500. Kairos has raised over 17 million dollars from investors. Under Brian’s leadership Kairos took a strong stand against the government use of facial recognition as well as eliminating bias in the datasets.

Prior to founding Kairos, Brian served as a Senior Project Manager for Apple Inc. before moving on from his position as Senior Managing Consultant at IBM. In addition to his work at Kairos, Brian lectures extensively around the world on entrepreneurship, code, digital economy, AI and machine learning— and participates in mentorship programs for organizations like Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code and The School District of Miami.