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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 HackerOne Uses the Cloud to Fix Security Vulnerabilities at Scale

83,000. That’s how many security vulnerabilities HackerOne has fixed to date thanks to hacker-supplied reports to their platform. “The data speaks for itself,” says Reed Loden, HackerOne’s director of security. “The types of vulnerabilities, the complexity to the vulnerabilities, the cleverness to the vulnerabilities is stuff that you’re just not going find from paying just a variety of security consultancy firms…  it all comes down to number of people.”

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Periscope Data Builds ML Solution With Amazon Sagemaker to Provide Customers with a Better Picture of the World

When it comes to transforming floods of raw data into clear, decisive business intelligence, Periscope Data remains on the cutting edge. To keep their commitment to their consumers, Periscope Data has developed a machine learning solution that leverages Amazon SageMaker as a core part of its machine learning workflow.

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What is an Engineering Manager?

I have held many titles in the tech industry: Engineer, Lead Engineer, Head of Engineering, VP of Engineering, and CTO. You would think that each of these titles would be self-explanatory, but as I’ve transitioned from one company to another, I’ve been surprised by how differently these roles are interpreted by different organizations.

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gridX’s Andy Booke on Giving Solar Panel Users the Power of Data

gridX co-founders Andy Booke and David Balensiefen came up with the idea for their IoT startup, gridX, while travelling in Ecuador, where the stability of the power grid left something to be desired. “The energy would just black out,” Booke recalls, “and then we saw this little village [that] had some solar panels and some diesel engines, and they were powering themselves in this little community.”

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Sansan Co-Founder Kenji Shiomi on Why Business Cards Are Still Necessary

The fact of the matter is, he notes, exchanging business cards is still an important part of corporate culture—especially in Japan—and it’s a ritual that’s not going away anytime soon. That’s why in 2007, Kenji Shiomi co-founded Sansan, a company that focuses on providing an alternative contact management solution that uses business cards as its building blocks. Sansan offers both B2B and B2C products and counts over 7,000 corporations as its customers, including the Japanese government. 

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With Tricella, the Future of Family Caregiving Is an Easier Pill to Swallow

“One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small.” So goes an infamous ‘60s rock song. But for the millions of families and caregivers looking after their loved ones, keeping track of a prescription pill regimen can be a very confusing affair. Add to it the fact that many of our elders are reluctant to take their medicine—for reasons ranging from stubbornness to forgetfulness to thinking they feel better already and no longer need the pills—and you have a preventable health crisis that adds a sizable debt in avoidable cost to the healthcare industry each year. Enter Tricella, a digital health start-up that launched in 2014.

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Fiverr Relies on SageMaker to Streamline and Simplify Machine Learning Models

When it came time for Fiverr to analyze the data around user behavior on its platform, the freelance services website did what many modern businesses do in terms of recruiting the right tool for the task: they engaged Amazon Web Services’s SageMaker. Amazon SageMaker is an API that enables developers and data scientists to readily build, teach, and position machine learning models to serve any need and at any scale.

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Zoona CMO Lelemba Phiri on the Challenges of Being a Businesswoman in Africa

Building a successful business as a woman in Africa is doubly challenging. Not only do women face the typical growth issues that are daunting for any entrepreneur, but they must also deal with a host of specific cultural issues. For one, says Lelemba Phiri, the Chief Marketing Officer for mobile payment platform Zoona, many African businesswomen prefer to simply grow their companies to a “subsistent” level, because if their businesses get too big, they are seen as “not being marriage material.”

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ReCactus Founder and CEO Bernard Tan on the future of engagement advertising

It’s safe to say that Gen Y and Gen Z are intimately more connected to their peers—and social influencers—than previous generations and are less connected to cold advertising. “Advertising that just pops up? They don’t watch it,” says ReCactus CEO and Founder Bernard Tan. “That’s why peer-to-peer promotion has become so prevalent in the last few years, especially with this growth of influencer platforms.”

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Venture Garden Group’s Nichole Yembra on Why Investors Should Bank on Female Founders

Nichole Onome Yembra is the CFO of the Lagos, Nigeria-based Venture Garden Group and the managing partner for Greenhouse Capital, VGG’s investment arm. She’s also the founder of Greenhouse Lab, Nigeria’s first female-focused tech accelerator. Yembra says she founded the Lab after looking across VGG’s portfolio and realizing that that few of their investments had female co-founders.

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