Brian Brackeen Featured Keynote Speaker General Partner Lightship Capital
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Available for

Keynote, Virtual Presentation, Fireside Chat, Panel, Moderator, Emcee, Workshop and Training

Fee Ranges

Domestic In-Person (USA): $15,000*
International In-Person: Please inquire
Virtual: $12,500*

* Ranges are presented as a guideline only. Speaker fees vary by engagement type and are subject to change without notice. For an exact quote, please contact Gravity Speakers.

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Florida, USA

Tags: Gravity's Exclusives / Black History Month / Business / Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) / Artificial Intelligence / Economics & Finance / Investing & Venture Capital / Blockchain & Web3 / Emcees & Moderators / Entrepreneurship / Technology


Brian Brackeen is a General Partner at Lightship Capital, the Cincinnati-based VC firm dedicated to backing underrepresented entrepreneurs in the Midwest. As General Partner, Brian oversees fund operations, leads the AI development team, and serves on the investment committee.

Prior to Lightship, Brian founded the 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 positioned 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 and has raised more than 15 million dollars from investors. Under Brian’s leadership, Kairos took a strong stand against the government’s use of facial recognition and worked hard to eliminate racial bias in its datasets.

Prior to founding Kairos, Brian served as a Senior Project Manager for Apple Inc. and as Senior Managing Consultant at IBM.

In addition to his work at Lightship, Brian lectures extensively around the world on entrepreneurship, code, the 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.


AI & Machine Learning, Ethics

Diversity & Inclusion

Venture Capital & Fundraising


Brian Brackeen speaks extensively on venture capital, entrepreneurship, diversity & inclusion, code, the digital economy, AI, and machine learning.




  • “Brian's keynote was empowering to the Founders in our program as well as the employees that were listening in virtually.” Aneisha Graydon Florida Power & Light, 35 Mules