The Intersection of Faith and Technology

FFAI Intersection of faith and technology

Join us for an enlightening webinar, featuring special guest Bobby Gruenwald, the visionary founder of YouVersion and hosted by Alumni Ventures AI Fund Managing Partner Ed Tsai. This session delves into the transformative impact of technology and AI on faith-based applications, particularly focusing on the past, present, and future of faith-based apps like YouVersion, which boasts an impressive 700 million downloads and in more than 2,000 languages across the YouVersion family of apps.

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Post-Webinar Summary

Bobby Grunwald, founder and CEO of YouVersion, discussed the intersection of faith and technology in a webinar hosted by Ed Tsai, managing partner at Alumni Ventures. Grunwald shared the origin story of YouVersion, a Bible app that has been downloaded over 700 million times. He also discussed the importance of leveraging technology to make the Bible more accessible and relevant to people’s lives. Grunwald highlighted the role of AI in enhancing the user experience and personalizing content. He also emphasized the need for transparency and ethical use of AI in delivering scripture. The company is exploring the use of synthetic voices and other AI technologies to improve the accessibility and understanding of the Bible.


We review the origin story and key areas of growth for YouVersion, explore the forefront of how technology and AI is being used at scale at YouVersion, and discuss potential future applications of AI in spiritual contexts such as Bible translation and generative AI content production. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insights into the evolving landscape of faith and technology.

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Why you should watch:

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    Learn about the cutting-edge intersection of technology, AI, and spirituality from one of the largest faith-based applications in the world.
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    Discover how the impact of technology and AI globally in supporting faith experiences through apps like YouVersion
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    Understand the latest considerations and impact of integrating AI within religious contexts.
About Alumni Ventures

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About your presenters

Edward Tsai
Edward Tsai

Managing Partner, AI Fund

Edward has 15+ years of investment experience in the U.S. and China, including a successful track record with investments such as Cruise Automation (acq. by GM), Life360 (IPO), Palantir (IPO), and Brave Software. In addition, Edward has served on the limited partner advisory committees at Cendana Capital and Ten Eleven Ventures, and he has deep operating experience at tech and cybersecurity companies. Most recently, he was Director of Investments at enterprise security company Qianxin, where he led $700 million in fundraising, ran multiple M&A deals, and managed a large investment portfolio. As Assistant GM for Qianxin, he also incubated their cybersecurity spinout fund Security Capital. At 360, he led International Investments and Strategic Development. He started his venture career as Vice President at DCM, a global early-stage VC firm managing $4 billion. He holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from UCLA, where he is a Kauffman Fellow (class of ’15).

Bobby Gruenewald
Bobby Gruenewald

Pastor, Founder of YouVersion

Bobby is passionate about exploring new ideas and finding practical ways to leverage them for the global Church. He has helped pioneer the missional use of technology that allows Life.Church to reach people in every country on the planet. In addition to serving as the CEO of YouVersion, he oversees the Digital Technology, Church to Church, Life.Church Online, and Communications teams. Bobby and his wife, Melissa, live in Edmond, Oklahoma with their four children.

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