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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 Patreon Avoids Fraud While Funding the Emerging Creative Class

Jarvis Johnson, an engineering manager on Patreon’s creator acquisition team, describes Patreon’s mission as “to fund the emerging creative class, or get creators paid.” Indeed, with $300 million creator earnings in 2018 alone (and just $12 average monthly patronage, per patron), the platform has allowed creators to double their annual income. However, Johnson notes, “there are some situations where we wouldn’t want to pay someone, like in the case of fraud.” Since Patreon processes millions of payments each month, identifying fraudulent payments can be a challenge.

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Viaduct’s David Hallac on Capturing the Value of Automotive Data

Driving remains one of the quintessential American activities. Over 90 percent of US households have at least one car, and drivers spend an average of around 290 hours a year in their vehicles. And, thanks to the auto industry’s recent embrace of data technology, much of that time on the road now produces an enormous amount of useful information. David Hallac is the founder and CEO of Viaduct, a new company creating a machine learning platform for managing, analyzing, and monetizing that data.

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Klaxoon’s Charles Kergaravat on the Future of Work, Collaboration Tools, and Scaling with AWS

The average executive spends 16 years of his or her life in a meeting. That’s a quite a bit of time, so it makes sense to try to maximize meetings for efficiency and productivity. That’s where Klaxoon comes in. A collaborative platform designed to improve teamwork, Klaxoon lets everyone in a meeting share information and feel as if the’re being heard. To help spread the meeting revolution, Klaxoon, led by Charles Kergaravat, Director of International Marketing, is currently on a 11-week, 16-city teamwork tour, where they’re traveling the world in a truck and sharing productivity tips, workshops, and demos from the world’s biggest organizations.

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DeepMap Charts the Future of Automated Driving

Perhaps you think the world is already sufficiently mapped. With the advent of satellite images and Google Street View, it seems like every square inch of the globe is represented in data. But for autonomous vehicles, much of the world is uncharted territory. That’s because the maps designed for humans “can’t be consumed by robots,” says Tom Wang, the director of engineering at DeepMap, a Palo Alto startup that provides HD maps for self-driving cars.

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BuzzFeed Keeps Scoops and National Security Secrets Secure with Amazon’s KMS

BuzzFeed launched in 2006 with the intention of focusing exclusively on viral content from around the web. But its daily traffic and ambition quickly led the site to set its goals higher. In 2011, BuzzFeed launched its own news division, hiring investigative journalists, breaking news, and publishing deeply reported articles alongside more traditional news outlets. Over 200 million monthly visitors click on BuzzFeed for an array of content, from serious news to lists that will make you LOL.

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