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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.

Gremlin CEO and Co-Founder Kolton Andrus on Chaos Engineering and Providing Failure as a Service

Gremlin CEO and Co-Founder Kolton Andrus wants you to think of his company as a flu shot. “We basically inject a little of harm [into your system] in order to find weak spots and build an immunity,” he says. “We proactively break things… to help make them stronger.” While Andrus notes that the idea of preparing for disaster isn’t new—”we were doing hardware failure testing in the 60s and 70s and people were writing papers about this in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s”—what they have noticed is that migrating to the Cloud has introduced new challenges.

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AI-Powered IT Analytics with Numerify

As IT companies change their infrastructure and deploy new systems to achieve chain success, they need to find new ways to reduce service costs and optimize resource utilization. Numerify is an AI-powered IT analytics company that provides businesses, such as Fortune 500 companies, with these solutions, using predictive analysis to gauge how likely it is that these changes will be successful. Numerify helps IT organizations succeed in progressing from planning to development to operations, and predicts end-to-end IT operations. Shekhar Rajvanshy, who runs engineering and DevOps for the company, discusses how Numerify pulls information from multiple sources and presents analytics “on a single pane of glass,” rather than as a data silo

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Keeping It Simple: 8 Securities CEO Mikaal Abdulla on Value and Data in Fintech

With booming growth and a focus on innovation, the fintech industry is clearly poised to see significant advancements in the near future. As customers—especially younger generations—gravitate toward the ease and efficiency of mobile options to satisfy their financial needs, even large institutions have begun adapting to meet demand by offering digital documentation and app-based banking functionality. Still, no one in the industry would argue that many of the nimblest new products come from the startup world, where forward-thinkers can build from the ground up. 8 Securities, a mobile-only investment service based in Hong Kong, is one such company looking to change the paradigm of finance.

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Kasada defends companies against online break-ins

“With more and more businesses online, and more and more tools to attack digital storefronts and web apps, why would a criminal perform a physical break-in or theft?” says Ghin Khoo, Sales Manager at Kasada, an Australian cybersecurity company focused on the emerging Bot Risk Management space. “The number of break-in attempts can be massively scaled via new technology, and the chances of getting caught are much lower.  Criminals know it’s economically viable and lucrative to perform automated online attacks.”

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OakNorth Turns Risk into Opportunity with Tech

By now, it’s commonplace for banks to claim the mantle of “tech company.” But for OakNorth, tech and banking truly go hand-in-hand. Its data and technology platform, OakNorth Analytical Intelligence (ONAI), allows it to do balance sheet lending via OakNorth Bank in the UK, profitably originating over £2 billion without a single default or late payment since its launch in September 2015. Outside the UK, it licences its ONAI platform to banks and other lenders, operating as a PaaS business on the strength of its unique tech.

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Couchbase’s Wayne Carter on Why Every Enterprise Should Be Looking to Leverage Database Technologies

Couchbase is NoSQL database and data management software maker best known for creating the world’s first “Engagement Database.” Known as the Couchbase Data Platform, the distributed, multi-cloud, and mobile NoSQL document database is based on a memory-first, async everywhere architecture. AWS Startups recently interviewed Wayne Carter, Couchbase’s Vice President of Mobile, about the company’s mission, methods, and most successful ideas. 

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