Veljko Krunic - How To Align AI With Your Business #83


Veljko Krunic is a data science consultant, has a computer science PhD, and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Today’s topic - How To Align AI With Your Business?

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A note from Grant

“You don’t make money when you apply AI, ML and other analytical solutions - you make money when you take appropriate business actions informed by them.”

That’s a quote straight from today’s guest’s profile and the author of “Succeeding with AI” from Manning Publications.

Veljko Krunic is a lifelong computer science professional holding a master’s degree in engineering management, and a PhD in Computer Science.  He has held down a variety of software engineering and consulting roles for the likes of PeopleSoft, Rally, Red Hat, Spring Source and Hortonworks.

For the last 5 years, he’s been on his own as the Principal Consultant for Krunic Consulting.  Listen up as we dig in with Veljko Krunic and learn not only how to succeed in AI but also as a consultant in tech.

-Grant Ingersoll


“Almost any engineer has a privilege of creating something that was not there before and that was something very important for me.”

“It’s not enough to just make an engineering product. You need to figure out how to get the biggest amount of people possible to use it. Otherwise that product cannot make a difference in their life.”

If you’re facing a situation where you’re interested in something really far away, I believe that is what academia is for. If you are working on something that is immediately commercially viable, I believe you should start a company. 

—Veljko Krunic

Key Milestones

  1. Veljko started his career in the former Yugoslavia. Why did he decide to move to the states?
  2. You’ve gotten, as I like to say, “all the degrees”. What motivated him to pursue higher education?
  3. Veljko had a series of shorter term roles, a year or two here and there before landing on your own and making a go as an independent consultant. How did those roles lead to him becoming a constant?
  4. “Succeeding with AI”. What’s it about and who’s it for?
  5. How to align AI with your business

Like several of our recent guests, Veljko is a Manning Publications author And just like those guests, we are going to do a give away! The first 5 people who retweet or reshare this episode on Twitter or LinkedIn and tag the Develomentor handle or me will receive a code good for one free ebook of “Succeeding with AI” by Veljko.

Additional Resources

Buy Veljko’s book “Succedding With AI” by Manning Publications -

Connect with Veljko Krunic

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