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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. Prior to joining the corporate world, Michelle was a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, 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.

Crowdfunding Charity Platform Kitabisa

Give & Let Give: Kitabisa’s Charitable Crowdfunding

Given the global ubiquity of social media and our ever-interconnected virtual experiences, it might be easy to assume, when thinking about building a platform’s user base, that universal goals are always best. That may be the case for certain sectors, but crowdfunding is a different animal. As a crowdfunding platform specifically tailored to the giving needs and patterns of Indonesians, Kitabisa understands that.

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What Works: Two Startup Entrepreneurs On Hiring, Employing Remote Distributed Workforces, and More

At a recent VivaTech 2019 panel, “What Works: How the Best Entrepreneurs are Building Their Startups,” Julien Crochet, VP of sales strategy and enablement at AB Tasty, and Carles Sistare, head of engineering at Ogury, laid out their best tips for how to get things done when you’re a new, growing business with employees all over the world.

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How to Find Founder-Market Fit

For entrepreneurs, the importance of product-market fit has become conventional wisdom. Selling the right product to a strong market that really wants it is a cornerstone for growth. But startups and investors are increasingly focusing on a different kind of compatibility: founder-market fit. You may have a great product for a strong market — but are you the right person to build the company? Maybe the most obvious element of founder-market fit is based on experience. It’s essential to have founders with the right kind of skills and background to match the market.

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proteanics-hardware

Proteantecs Brings Hardware & Software Together to Revolutionize Predictive Chip Maintenance

Founded in 2017, proteanTecs’ team reflects a variety of fields: the staff includes software developers, machine learning experts, circuit designers, electronic design automation developers, and more. Noam Brousard, VP of Product, sees the company’s varied background as representative of its “best of both worlds” approach to chip design and maintenance. For Brousard and proteanTecs, crafting reliable, high performance chip technology means unifying the hardware production and software development processes.

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Entrepreneurial Team Spirit: The Family and Station F Create Communities for European Startups

European startup culture is evolving rapidly, both in terms of priorities and investment. The technology sector has seen especially significant growth over the last decade, with $23 billion in investments in 2018, up from $5.2 billion just five years prior. The European Union has adopted a brighter attitude toward startups as venture capital funds in the region have matured and investments have soared. Perhaps unsurprisingly, entrepreneurial enthusiasm isn’t hard to come by in Europe, and neither are up-and-coming folks with promising ideas.

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Israeli Startup Optibus Uses Tech to Cure Public Transit Woes

“Public transit is not reliable enough,” says Eitan Yanovsky, CTO of Optibus, an Israeli software startup. “People are suffering from delays and a lot of these are happening because of improper planning.” To help cities run their bus fleets more efficiently, flexibly, and economically, Optibus offers proprietary cloud-based software driven by AI machine learning that analyzes historical and real-time passenger data to optimize service. The ultimate goal is to cut cost and improve service, making happier municipalities and happier riders.

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Leave Boring Presentations Behind with Powtoon

“Death by PowerPoint, yeah? A phenomenon known to all of us,” jokes Sven Hoffmann, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Powtoon, a cloud-based service that allows users to create their own professional-looking videos. But what other option do you have, if you want to present information in a visual way? According to Hoffmann, video is the way to go. Specifically, animated video. “[It’s] better to grab people’s attention and get your point across than a long, boring presentation.”

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Simplaex's Rivr AI

Simplaex CTO Moti Tal on Building Trust Between Advertisers and Publishers

Nearly 100 years ago, department store and marketing pioneer John Wanamaker famously said, “Fifty percent of my advertising spend is wasted, I just don’t know which fifty percent.” Today, many argue that the vast majority of advertising is wasted because of lack of relevancy and poor targeting, especially as advertisers and publishers increasingly rely on […]

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