AI tech developer BrainChip Holdings [ASX:BRN] released its annual general meeting CEO and chairman’s address on Tuesday as shares dipped.
BRN shares rose as much as 5.5% in early trade before subsiding well into the afternoon.
At the time of writing, BrainChip shares are down 4%.
Despite the slump today, the stock is up 80% year to date, although BrainChip is still trading 45% below its all time high posted in January.
Brainchip chairman and CEO lead AGM
Chairman Antonio J Viana and CEO Sean Hehir addressed BrainChip investors during BRN’s AGM meeting in Sydney on Tuesday.
Hoping investors will see BrainChip in the same vein as past innovative tech businesses, Mr Viana talked up the disruptive heritage of tech companies past and present:
‘For those who know the tech space, there is nothing better in tech than being on the front end of disruptive technology introduction.
‘Atari experienced it with gaming. Motorola with pagers. Nokia/TI/Qualcomm with cell phones, ARM with microprocessor IP … there are many examples.’
For Mr Viana, BrainChip’s AI technology has the potential to be yet another disruptive force:
‘Neuromorphic processors coupled with edge based AI is yet another disruptive force coming onto to the market.
‘The question isn’t if…the question is how fast neuromorphic processors will take sizable market share.’
First isn’t necessarily better
Despite his enthusiasm for BrainChip’s underlying technology, Mr Viana was pragmatic about BrainChip’s commercialisation path.
Mr Viana pointed out that technology pioneers don’t necessarily always succeed.
Rivals can crash a first-mover’s party by rolling out a product better serving customer needs:
‘With Bluetooth of the late 90s, the lesson learned was being first doesn’t necessarily mean you win… When I was at ARM, I sold licenses to the 1st 3 Bluetooth players to reach the market with proven silicon…all 3 companies either folded or were bought out.
‘These early players focused so hard on their solutions, they forgot about ecosystem development and integration concerns … this led to delays in adoption and opened the door for late comers with more robust total solutions to win the market.
‘There is no question that BT was (and is) a complete game changing technology that finds itself truly everywhere today…but it wasn’t a financial winner for the early players.’
Mr Hehir echoed Mr Vaina’s thoughts by referring BrainChip’s ‘three-legged stool’ strategy.
The strategy focuses not only on research, but also productisation and commercialisation.
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