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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.

Safety First: HopSkipDrive and the Rideshare Economy

It’s true that it takes a village to raise a child, especially if by “village” you mean a complicated web of calendars and commitments that can take hours to manage. At least nowadays there’s an app for that. Joanna McFarland is the co-founder and CEO of HopSkipDrive, a ridesharing app specifically geared toward alleviating the daily stress of planning hectic family transportation schedules.

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8i CEO Steve Raymond

8i brings holograms to a living room near you

Beam me up, Scotty. You might not know it now, but these could be the four most influential words in the English language today. At least that’s what Steve Raymond, CEO of 8i, is shooting for. Helming one of the most pioneering companies in AR and VR, Raymond envisions a future where people interact with 3D holograms of people that look and feel as if they’re actually in the room with you.

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James Norman CEO of PIlotly

From Cinema to Civic Engagement: Pilotly’s James Norman on User-Focused Data Collection

James Norman, founder and CEO of Pilotly, may have come up through the entertainment industry, but he’s got a broader target in mind. “I actually ended up in L.A. in the Hollywood scene because I was building cars that were going to be in The Fast and the Furious,” Norman explains, but he quickly changed his focus. This led to the creation of Pilotly, a digital platform for media focus groups that prioritizes user experience to generate high-quality data.

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Zocdoc insurance Checker

How Zocdoc is using AI to help schedule your next doctor’s appointment

When Zocdoc’s patients told the startup that insurance was confusing, the company decided to build an insurance-checker product. The product allowed the patient to scan their insurance card, and then Zocdoc extracted the relevant details from the card to check in real-time with the patient’s insurance company to see whether a particular doctor for a particular procedure was covered. To their surprise, extracting the data from the insurance cards are more difficult than they assumed and required AI.

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Two Bit Circus CEO Brent Bushnell

Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus Believes Web 3.0 Is Almost Here—And It’s All About Public Content

The anti-social downsides of social technologies are starting to be a big concern for tech companies these days. It’s a surprise, since Web 2.0 was all about building out the social capacity of existing tech offerings. But Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus isn’t worried. In fact, he believes he’s well positioned for the next big thing: bringing people back together again in public.

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Fedor Holz, Founder of Primed Mind

Poker Champ and Primed Mind Founder Fedor Holz Is Bringing Elite Mindset Coaching to the Masses

Ambition has never been an issue for Fedor Holz. When he was barely out of his teens, he beat out 183 other pros to scoop up nearly five million dollars at the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Now he’s the founder of Primed Mind, a tech offering that takes the experience of having a personal mindset coach and translates that into a series of two-part audio sessions.

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What Is Deep Learning? A Primer with Bonsai’s Mark Hammond

Over the past few years, the tech conversation has been dominated by references to AI and deep learning. Some people liken it to websites in 1995—everybody knew they needed one, but they didn’t all know what they were. Today, there are a lot of people talking about AI without having a real grasp on how deep learning works or even what it means. So what is it, really?

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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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