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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.

How Uber survives its busiest nights of the year

Halloween and New Year’s Eve are among Uber’s busiest nights of the year. According to Matt Schallert, a site reliability engineer at Uber NYC, those days can see 50-100% extra trip volume over the rest of the year. See how Matt and his team rely on AWS to make sure they are fully prepared to handle the volume of requests that come through on such ride-share heavy holidays.

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Five tips for entrepreneurs from Kabbage Co-founder Kathryn Petralia

2017 has been a great year for Kathryn Petralia. In the past twelve months, Kabbage, the financial services and small loan company she co-founded with Rob Frohwein nine years ago, raised $250 million from Softbank, bringing the company’s total equity to $500 million, and also secured $200 million in a revolving credit facility with Credit Suisse.

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Michelle Kennedy, CEO of Peanut, sitting on a couch.

Peanut Co-founder and CEO Michelle Kennedy on fast growth, working with male VCs, and appealing to moms

As the CEO and co-founder of Peanut, a social networking app for new mothers, Michelle Kennedy knows a thing or two about growing a company from scratch. Not only has the app—which only launched in February 2017—already struck a chord with countless mom groups online and with the media, but it’s also facilitated over 10 million […]

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Muzzley App

Web Summit 2017: Data analytics startup Muzzley embodies Lisbon spirit

Lisbon is stepping up its game when it comes to attracting startups. Following the country’s $83 billion bailout by the European Union in 2011, the city—now in its second year of hosting the popular European tech conference Web Summit—is welcoming back the youth that fled the city during the downturn and encouraging new entrepreneurship with […]

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Mackenzie Kosut of Startups on Air Tours the Nordics

Startups on Air: Bounding Around Belgium

Even though Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union, the city of waffles, beer, and Papa Smurf hasn’t traditionally been known for its startup scene. However, with the growth of companies like data management startup Collibra, which raised $50 million in 2017, Brussels—along with Ghent and Antwerp—is definitely putting Belgium on the map […]

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Startup Battlefield Winners Pi on Presentation Prep, Picking Co-Founders, and Mastering Live Demos

Sometimes going first can have its advantages. Pi, a tech startup based in San Bruno, California that produces wireless charging devices, won the grand prize at the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2017. The first of the 22 competitors to give their presentation, Pi impressed two rounds of judges with their device’s ability to charge up […]

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Why GoPro is Migrating Their Online Video Hosting Services to Amazon ECS

To say that GoPro processes a lot of content and video is an understatement. As one of the world’s most versatile camera-makers (and as of late 2016, an online video host as well), GoPro now provides scores of enthusiastic customers with the ability to upload their footage to the cloud from their HERO5 or computer, create videos on […]

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