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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.

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Modern communication compliance conundrums: How Theta Lake uses cloud-based AI and ML to address compliance risks within audio and video communication

For the average person, the idea of compliance and regulation technology doesn’t elicit much enthusiasm. But for Devin Redmond and Rich Sutton, co-founders of the RegTech startup Theta Lake, the concept is downright sexy—especially as startups and enterprises alike have increased spending on compliance following the last financial meltdown.

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Prime Day Brian Herman

Amazon Fleet Management: Meet the Man Who Keeps Amazon Servers Running, No Matter What

Picture this: You oversee a fleet of servers that supports one of the world’s most massive online retail companies, and a special promotion everyone thought would bump sales by 21% is actually giving closer to a 120% boost—all in the first minute. That’s exactly where Brian Herman, Director of Datacenter Compute Capacity at Amazon Web Services, was standing in 2015, moments after the first Prime Day launched.

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Fridtjof Detzner, Christian Springub & Matthias Henze of Jimdo

Jimdo Can Turn Anyone into a Website Developer                                          

When Germany natives Fridtjof Detzner and Christian Springub were teenagers, they began building websites for individuals and businesses. From there, it dawned on them: Why not figure out a way for clients to update and create sites themselves, minus the next-to-impossible coding part? In 2007, Jimdo was born.

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Pipedrive helps users streamline a flood of information

Providing for clients is imperative, but what about the problems that arise on the other side of the equation, within a company’s sales teams? With a sales force trying to not only finalize a deal, but also provide quality after-sale service for years to come, organization becomes crucial for longevity and sustained success. And that’s where Pipedrive comes in, streamlining and simplifying tasks, duties, and deadlines for sales teams in the office or around the world.

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James Neville of Citizen.is

Making Data Safer: Citizen’s James Neville Talks Biometric Authentication

As our online lives expand and businesses find new and better ways to provide everyday services via the internet, it can feel like increasing amounts of our sensitive data are in the hands of companies without stellar track records of keeping that data safe. James Neville, CEO and founder of Citizen, a one-touch login and registration app, hopes to change that metric. “We were working in payments, and it struck us how loose the security was around personal data when compared to card or bank accounts,” he explains. “And it’s only gotten worse over the years.” He’s right.

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Engineering Financial Happiness: Tink’s Jens Rantil on Complexity-Free Money Management

Tink, a personal finance management app based in Sweden, has a unique end goal in mind for its users: financial happiness. “We really wanted to take the complexity out of money management by presenting your finances and financial behavior in a more insightful way, and in the end, bring financial happiness,” says Jens Rantil, software and infrastructure engineer at Tink.

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