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Michelle Kung

Author: Michelle Kung

Michelle Kung currently works in startup content at AWS and was previously the head of content at Index Ventures and at eBay Inc. Prior to joining the corporate world, Michelle was a beat reporter and online editor at The Wall Street Journal, as well as the founding Business Editor at the Huffington Post, a correspondent for The Boston Globe, a columnist for Publisher’s Weekly and a writer at Entertainment Weekly.

Francesca Krihely, Senior Manager, Developer Marketing, MongoDB

MongoDB’s startup accelerator goes global for 2018

Ask any startup founder what their scarcest resources are, and without exception, they will list time and money. That’s because having the resources to focus on application functionality and experience can mean the difference between delighting—or disappointing—your customers. At MongoDB, we noticed a few years back that we able to help companies move faster and concentrate on delivering customer value by introducing MongoDB Atlas, our database-as-a-service offering.

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How Segment Uses Okta to Secure Access to 100 Accounts

How Segment uses Okta to secure access to dozens of accounts

Segment receives billions of events from our customers daily and has grown into dozens of AWS accounts. Expanding into many more accounts was necessary in order to best align with our GDPR and security initiatives. In order to continue scaling gracefully, we are centrally managing employee access to AWS with terraform and our identity provider. To organize the expansion into numerous accounts, we needed a mechanism to control our accounts, which accounts employees have access to, and each employee’s permissions in each account.

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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on self-healing, diversity, and the site’s evolution

Steve Huffman knows a thing or two about rebuilding. In 2015, the co-founder of reddit returned to the online community as its CEO 10 years after co-founding the site with his college roommate Alexis Ohanian—and following a series of interim leaders and unsavory episodes involving hate speech. He has since worked hard to rebuild employee morale and the company’s image at a time when extremist views are center stage.

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Circular Summit 2018 was Pure Magic: 10 Lessons & Highlights

We all know the stats around women entrepreneurs are a mixed bag. Access to capital remains a significant barrier, with just 2% of venture capital going to woman-led companies in 2017. The data is even worse for women of color. However, women are starting businesses at a higher rate than ever, and they have a $3 trillion economic impact in the U.S. alone.

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Aaron Ames on Walking Robots

Tell a Robot to Take a Hike, and It Might Listen: “Cassie” Takes on the Pacific Crest Trail

For most adventurers, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail would be a crowning achievement in its own right. But one Caltech professor is upping the ante: he wants to design a robot that can complete the famous trek, all with outside assistance. That’s why Dr. Aaron Ames and his team have created Cassie, the world’s first fully autonomous robot designed to navigate the harshest and most complex environments in the world.

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A girl uses Fender Play on her laptop.

Combining DynamoDB and Amazon Elasticsearch with Lambda

Michael Garski, Director of Platform Engineering at Fender Digital, shares why the combination of DynamoDB and AWS Elasticsearch is perfectly suited to Fender Play lesson content.

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Terry Sejnowski on AI

The AI revolution isn’t coming, says Terry Sejnowski. It’s already here.

By now, you have certainly taken part in the deep learning revolution, whether you’re aware of it or not. If you use a voice-based personal assistant like Alexa, chances are advances in AI have already made it into their backend for companies to yield savings from processing efficiency. But sooner or later, deep learning is going to change your life. That, at least, is what Dr. Terry Sejnowski, the Francis Crick professor at the Salk Institute and a pioneer in deep learning, believes. “What we’re creating is a whole new world,” he argues.

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The Smallpdf team at their offices in Zurich, Switzerland.

How to run a world-class website with a DevOps team of two

At last count, Smallpdf, the PDF conversion startup I work for, had roughly 13 million monthly users. As for the number of employees currently running our website? That would be 10—with only two employees focused on the backend and infrastructure. You might be curious to learn how we run such a processing intensive website with such a small DevOps team. Our little secret stands in automation and delegation.

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