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Ryan Hoover on Product Hunt’s Acquisition and Lessons Learned About Startup Launches with Dalton Caldwell

Ryan Hoover is the founder of Product Hunt which was in the Summer 2014 YC batch and was acquired by AngelList. Dalton Caldwell is a Partner at YC where he runs admissions.

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Transitioning from Academia to Data Science – Jake Klamka with Kevin Hale

Jake Klamka founded Insight. Insight provides intensive 7 week professional training fellowships in fields such as data science and data engineering. Insight was in the YC Winter 2011 batch.

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What Shutting Down Your Startup Feels Like – Avni Patel Thompson of Poppy with Kat Manalac

Avni Patel Thompson founded Poppy, which helped parents book the best caregivers. They went through the YC Winter 2016 batch and recently shut down. Avni asked to come on the podcast to talk about what the process of shutting down was like.

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Tracking Political Manipulation Through Social Media – Samantha Bradshaw

Samantha Bradshaw is a researcher at the Computational Propaganda Project and a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute. She’s been tracking the phenomenon of political manipulation through social media.

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Cindy Mi and Qi Lu Share Advice for Entrepreneurs Building Global Companies

Cindy Mi is the founder and CEO of VIPKID. VIPKID is a 1-on-1 teaching platform where children in China learn english from North American teachers. Qi Lu is the CEO of YC China and Head of YC Research.

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Frank Lantz – Director of NYU’s Game Center and Creator of Universal Paperclips

Frank Lantz is a game designer and Director of the NYU Game Center. He cofounded Area/Code Games and most recently released a game called Universal Paperclips in which you’re an AI that makes paperclips.

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Starting a Startup After Business School – Reham Fagiri and Kalam Dennis of AptDeco

Reham Fagiri and Kalam Dennis are the founders of AptDeco, where you can buy and sell used furniture. They were in the YC Winter 2014 batch and you can find them at AptDeco.com.

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