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Boston, Massachusetts. Helen Mayer is the solo founder of Otter, which matches parents who need childcare with stay-at-home parents who can care for their kids, and balances that with being a mother to twins. She previously founded Forward F1rst, a company focused on helping first-generation college students succeed, and has also done three years of clinical surgery research. Saffron Huang, on Interact Communications, caught up with Helen in January.

Hey Helen, how would you describe yourself?

Professionally, I am the founder of Otter, which matches families who need childcare with stay-at-home parents who can take care of more kids.

As…


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Miami, Florida. Karen Hao is the senior AI reporter at the MIT Technology Review. Previously, she received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and worked as an application engineer for a year. She then switched to journalism, writing for the Sierra Club’s magazine, then Mother Jones and Quartz before joining the MIT Technology Review. Saffron Huang, on Interact Communications, caught up with Karen in December.

Hi Karen, how would you describe yourself and what you do?

I am the senior AI reporter at the MIT Tech Review. I spend most of my day talking with experts from the different…


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San Francisco Bay Area, California. Jungwon Byun is the COO and co-founder of Ought, a research lab that builds tools applying machine learning to human reasoning and decision-making. Prior to that, she spent four years leading growth at Upstart, an online lending company that underwrites personal loans to expand access to affordable credit. Saffron Huang, on Interact Communications, caught up with Jungwon in December.

Hey Jungwon, can you tell us about what Ought does and what your role is?

Ought is a machine learning research lab. Our mission is to automate and scale open-ended reasoning. We want good thinking about…


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Los Angeles, California. Dara Oke is currently a Product Design Lead at Netflix. She’s also the founder of Afriquette, a media platform that tells stories of identity, culture, and creativity across Africa and its diaspora. Before that, she spent a few years living and working in West and Southern Africa, supporting early-stage startups, building creative communities, and researching innovation and development across emerging and frontier markets. Saffron Huang, on Interact Communications, caught up with Dara in early January.

Hey Dara! How would you describe yourself and what you do?

In my nine-to-five, I am a product designer at Netflix and…

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