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Conversations with technologists about technology. Hosted by Amy Tom and the HackerNoon Team
September 16, 2021
Checks, Balances, and Freedom: Censorship vs The Internet
Who wins in the battle of the internet and freedom of speech? 🥊 Amy Tom, Ellen Stevens, and Zaeem Shoaib chat about censorship and the internet. We all know that fake news = bad, but how do we stop it from being spread without limiting freedom of speech? 🌏 THIS WEEK ON PLANET INTERNET: The ensuing battle between freedom of speech and protecting people (01:07) ⚔️ What is the dealio with freedom of speech on the other side of the world? (05:39) 😼 Wait, what even is Litecoin? (08:55) 😂 What does Zaeem, resident journalist, say about fake news & fact-checking? (14:20) 😵 Uh oh marky mark, Facebook is under fire AGAIN this week (19:42) 🔥 Who gets to decide what is okay and not okay? (27:47) 👀 Republican leaders in Texas sign off on a new bill about social media content moderation (33:22) 🤯 🗒️ SHOW NOTES: "Fake News Vs. Censorship in the Battle for the Internet" by on HackerNoon: lol sorry guys, Walmart will NOT be accepting Litecoin: Here's that insider link to a story about WSJ's report on Facebook (cause no paywalls 🙅): A new bill that requires tech giant social media companies to disclose more info on their algorithm: READ START CONTRIBUTING:
September 16, 2021
How to Build Around Blockchain Regulation with an OG Bitcoiner
Utsav Jaiswal sits down with Joseph Weinberg, the co-founder of Shyft Network and an OG Bitcoiner. As an early investor in Bitcoin in 2010 and director at Coinsetter until its acquisition by Kraken FX in 2016, Joseph knows what's up in the digital currency world. 🥇 On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: "The blockchain doesn't care what we think," says Joseph (02:30) ‼️ Does more blockchain regulation mean more fees? (05:43) 🥺 Joseph breaks down the FATF - Financial Action Task Force (08:54) 🔨 How can the ecosystem continue to succeed as regulations come up? (13:50) 🤝 "What we are seeing right now is something that crypto has never been faced with before," says Joseph (20:24) 😍 Will there be regulations on P2P transactions? (25:41) 😬 Connect with Joseph and Shyft Network: Follow Joseph on Twitter Follow Shyft Network on Twitter READ START WRITING:
September 14, 2021
Creating an Open Source Platform
OKAY - here's what you need to know before you start your open-source platform. On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast, we hear from Ben Bromhead, CTO of Instaclustr, and Ev Kontsevoy, CEO of Teleport, about how they started their open-source platform. 🙀 On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: What was Ev's very first job? (01:44) And Ben's? (03:50) 🚣♀️ What are the roles of different co-founders? (10:31) 🏃 What do you do when you can't afford to hire new staff but you still need to GSD? (16:59) 💥 How do you maintain a unique startup culture? (25:44) ❄️ What did Ev learn from developing an open-source platform? (36:41) 🍭 If open-source is so amazing, why WOULDN'T I make my product open-source? (41:50) 😵 Why does Ben choose to follow the open-source movement? (43:46) 🧚♂️ How do open-source companies make money? (49:37) 💰 VOTE FOR INSTACLUSTR FOR STARTUP OF THE YEAR: 💎 Get approved for 10-20x higher credit limit with Brex - VOTE FOR TELEPORT FOR STARTUP OF THE YEAR: Connect with Ben and Ev: Connect with Ev at Connect with Ben at Follow Ben on Twitter at Learn more about HackerNoon and Startups of The Year: For more information visit To read HackerNoon stories, check out
September 9, 2021
In Decentralization We Trust
Is decentralization fair for everyone? This Week On Planet Internet, Utsav Jaiswal, Sidra Ijaz, and Amy Tom talk about the decentralization movement. What's the latest with DeFi? Can AI & decentralization be friends? 🥺 🌍 THIS WEEK ON PLANET INTERNET: The great debate on whether to use social financing options or stick to personal financing 😵 Are trusted AI models fair? ⚖️ Is it possible to create a successful decentralized video platform? 🎥 Are social media algorithms biased? 😪 What's going on with Thailand's digital currency? 💳 🗒️ SHOW NOTES: The debate between personal finance and social finance on HackerNoon: AI & decentralization on HackerNoon: Decentralized video on HackerNoon: Thailand's digital baht on HackerNoon: The tweet that tests the Twitter algorithm: READ START CONTRIBUTING:
September 7, 2021
What Is Being a FinTech CEO like?
Big money, get paid. Tom Sosnoff, Co-CEO of tastytrade, and Sean Salas, CEO of Camino Financial, join Amy Tom this week to discuss FinTech startups. What is Wall Street REALLY like? How has the finance industry evolved? Listen to find out - DUN DUN DUNNNN 😵 On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: What was Tom's very first job? (01:15) And Sean's? ✨ (02:10) What was Wall Street like in the '80s? 👯♀️ (07:51) Why did Sean start Camino? 👩👦👦 (10:10) How has diversity changed in the finance industry over the years? 🌈 (15:58) Tom talks about what he wishes he knew at the start of his career 🍳 (23:15) How should we think about financial education for minorities? 🤔 (30:48) What does the future of FinTech look like? 🤯 (35:03) 🫐 Vote for Camino Financial for Startup Of The Year in LA: Brex - 🍅 Vote for tastytrade for Startup Of The Year in Chicago: Connect with Tom and Sean: Check out Tom's live content on Follow Sean on Twitter Check out Sean's podcast: Learn more about HackerNoon and Startups of The Year: For more information visit To read HackerNoon stories, check out
September 2, 2021
The Robots Are Taking Over
Humanoid Natasha, Amy, and Katarina (from the future) say that the robots are taking over This Week On Planet Internet! These days, if you think about anything too hard, you might just explode. But fret not, one day we will all live in robot bodies and no one will be able to touch us. 🦾 🌎 THIS WEEK ON PLANET INTERNET: What's the latest with the tech behind the pandemic? 🦠 (00:42) TL;DR: Robots are coming 🤖 (07:44) Will Elon Musk's robots make our beds for us? 🛏 (11:38) What's up with the love-hate relationship that we have with working? 👩❤️👨 (16:16) 🗒️ SHOW NOTES: "Tiny, Fast, & Strong: An Insect-sized Robot that Mimics Cheetah" by Elon Musk is planning to build humanoid robots: We referred to a Black Mirror episode: it's Black Mirror episode (season 4, episode 5) called "Metalhead". You're welcome. READ START CONTRIBUTING:
September 1, 2021
How to Build a Technical Blogging Platform with David Smooke and Clever Programming
This is David's guest spot on Clever Programming that we are republishing here.
September 1, 2021
How to Succeed as a Young Female Entrepreneur
It's a man's man's world but (lol James Brown knows) it would be nothing without women! Sophie Wyne (Co-Founder and CEO of ariglad), Luna Ito-Fisher, and Ambika Miglani (Co-founders of Decrypted By Us) join Amy on the podcast this week to chat about their entrepreneurship journey 😱 On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: How do you know it's time to quit your full-time job to pursue your side hustle? 🥺 (05:00) Why did Luna and Ambika start Decrypted by Us? 👯♀️ (07:58) Why is it important for people who are part of a minority group to learn from other underrepresented communities? 🙇🏽♀️ (11:22) Why did Sophie become a CEO? 💁♀️ (13:42) What did Ambika and Luna wish they knew before they started? (17:38) and Sophie? 🧠 (21:23) How do you balance the perception of being a "non-assertive" female CEO while also getting shit done? 🧚♀️ (23:55) What makes a good mentor, how can I get one, and how do I maximize the value of the relationship? 🙏🏻 (25:53) Why is self-advocacy so important? 👊🏻 (31:10) Do people truly believe that young females can't be CEOs? 🤭 (37:56) 🐝 Vote for ariglad for Startup Of The Year in Vancouver: 🥳 Deposit your funds easily and securely with Brex - 🦋 Vote for Decrypted By Us for Startup Of The Year in Providence: Connect with Sophie, Luna, and Ambika: Check out Sophie's work at Connect with Sophie on LinkedIn at Connect with Luna on LinkedIn at Connect with Ambika on LinkedIn at Check out Decrypted By Us on YouTube: Learn more about HackerNoon and Startups of The Year: For more information visit To read HackerNoon stories, check out
August 26, 2021
What Is the Future of Remote Work?
We're talking about remote work This Week On Planet Internet (ironically while Linh Dao Smooke has her first in-person meeting with Marcos Fabian, our wonderful dev) 😂 But anyways that's neither here nor there because HackerNoon is a fully remote company and WE'VE GOT THINGS TO SAY about working remotely 😤 🌍 THIS WEEK ON PLANET INTERNET: First off, what have Amy, Marcos, and Linh's experiences with remote work been like? 👨💻 (01:10) How does remote work affect mental health? 🧠 (08:53) Why are all the micro-managers are panicking about trust and accountability? 😂 (12:50) How has the pandemic shaken up the physical boundaries of the workplace? 🧂 (17:45) To go back to the office or not, that is the question 🤌 (21:12) What is are our purposes for working? 🦸 (25:01) What advice does Linh (Master of Remote Work) have for companies who want to be remote? 👩🏫 (31:15) 🗒️ SHOW NOTES: Listen to the Planet Money episode we referenced: Check out this great related story - "Coping With Loneliness While Working From Home" by on HackerNoon: READ ABOUT TECH ON START CONTRIBUTING:
August 25, 2021
Wait, That's How Much Game Dev Costs?!
Michael Vittiglio dropped some serious knowledge bombs about game dev on this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast 💣 Amy Tom asks Mike about the cost of game development - and not just money-wise. Amy and Mike chat about how to stay sane in a high-pressure industry, how many people it takes to produce a game, and about some of the technical resources required. 🧑💻 On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: What is the gaming industry really like? 🎮 (01:14) Mike talks about his gaming career 👾 (05:00) What makes a game shatter records? 🕹 (10:00) How many people does it take to create a big title game? 🎯 (16:38) What's the relationship between game developers and game investors? 🤝 (21:53) How do you lose a customer in the gaming industry? 🥺 (27:50) What did Mike learn from the gaming industry that sparked his interest in LaunchDarkly? ⚡️(33:50) Follow Mike & LaunchDarkly: Follow LaunchDarkly on Twitter at Learn more at READ ABOUT TECH AT Ready to write your first HackerNoon story? Get started here: <a href='
August 24, 2021
Starting a B2B SaaS Company
This one goes out to all the techies with an attitude - we're SaaSing it up this week. Ben Milne, Founder and Chairman of Dwolla, and Jordan Husney, Co-Founder and CEO of Parabol, join Amy Tom to chat about how they started their B2B SaaS companies🔥 On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: When did Ben found Dwolla (for the first time - lol entrepreneur life) and when did Jordan start Parabol? 🤘(01:27) Ben talks about how he started his entrepreneurial journey in high school (03:11) and Jordan recalls his young entrepreneurial journey as well 🥺 (06:35) Is post-secondary education recommended for entrepreneurship? (11:11) The epiphany that led Jordan to Parabol 🤯 (16:41) Why did Ben start Dwolla? (20:17) Do CEOs start a company with the intention of selling it eventually? 🧐 (28:56) Are there certain types of people that make better CEOs than others? (34:58) 🚗 Vote for Parabol for Startup of The Year in LA: 🤑 Say goodbye to bank fees with Brex! 🚙 Vote for Dwolla for Startup of The Year in Des Moines: Connect with Ben and Jordan: Check out Jordan's work at Check out Ben's work at Dwolla.com Learn more about HackerNoon and Startups of The Year: For more information visit startups.hackernoon.com To read HackerNoon stories, check out hackernoon.com
August 20, 2021
"It's Easy to Start but Very Hard to Finish Strong" - Marketing Founders
Amy Tom chats to Gil Allouche (CEO of On this episode of the HackerNoon Podcast: What was Gil's very first job? (00:56) And Tom's? 👶 (02:30) Why didn't Tom pursue a medical career after school? 🚑 (06:48) How did Gil start metadata? (10:00) And how did Gil grow his company? 👷♂️ (15:03) When is the right time to pivot your business? 🛋 (17:50) And how do you know when things aren't working out? (19:47) What are some business scalability challenges marketing founders face? 📈 (21:00) If Tom knew what he was getting into 10 years ago, would he still have started Jebbit? 🧐(28:00) Is reiteration just part of the entrepreneurship game? 🔁 (35:00) What is Tom's #1 piece of advice for a first-time entrepreneur? (39:07) And Gil's? 🙏🏻 (40:35) 🐣 Vote for Jebbit for Startup Of The Year in Boston: 🦆 Vote for 💳 All Startups Of The Year Nominees get $300 in (conditions apply) - thanks Brex! Connect with Tom and Gil: Connect with Tom on [email protected]) Connect with Gil on Shownotes: Jebbit is nominated for Startup Of The Year in Boston: READ MARKETING STORIES AT
August 19, 2021
A Gaming Metaverse on The Horizon
Meet us in your favorite gaming metaverse This Week On Planet Internet! Limarc Ambalina, Jeferson Borba, and Amy Tom debate about what gaming metaverse was the best, the future of metaverses, and delicious metaverse news. 👅 🌏 THIS WEEK ON PLANET INTERNET: How do you make money in the metaverse? 💰 (01:00) What were Limarc, Jeferson, and Amy's introductions to the metaverse? 🍼 (05:47) What causes people to buy things from a metaverse? 💸 (10:04) What's going on in the Fortnite world? Why did it work? ✅ (14:25) Does Facebook count as a metaverse? Hint: if not now, maybe soon 😱 (19:33) Facebook owns one of the biggest VR companies in the world: how will this affect the evolution of the metaverse? 👓 (23:05) If we could bring back one metaverse each, which would they be? 🔁 (31:31) 🗒️ SHOW NOTES: Win up to $2,000 in the HackerNoon Gaming Metaverse Writing Contest: 's HackerNoon story about Sandbox: Our very own 's story about Fortnite: "Facebook Is The King Of The Metaverse" on Seeking Alpha: ⚠️ "How You Can Help People in Afghanistan": ⚠️ Donate to this GoFundMe for an Afghanistan Rescue Mission: READ START CONTRIBUTING:
August 18, 2021
What Is Crypto Adoption Like In Indonesia?
We are taking a virtual trip over to Indonesia to learn about the Indonesian crypto landscape from Pang Xue Kai, CEO of Tokocrypto. Amy Tom asks Kai about how the crypto community connects across islands, about crypto adoption in Indonesia, and more. ✨ On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: What is crypto adoption like in Indonesia? (03:20) 💛 Does the Indonesian government support cryptocurrency adoption? 🇮🇩 (10:00) What are the barriers to entry into the Indonesian crypto market? ⛔️ (12:59) How did Tokocrypto start? 🌻 (17:50) What goes into creating a growth strategy? 🏋️♀️ (24:20) What is the culture like a Tokocrypto? 👨👩👧👧 (30:03) Connect with Pang Xue Kai & Tokocrypto: You can follow Kai on Twitter You can follow Tokocrypto on Twitter Join the official Tokocrypto Telegram Group: Shownotes: Learn more about the Oxygen for Indonesia project on Instagram Become a Hacker Noon contributor READ TECH STORIES AT CHECK OUT BLOCKCHAIN STORIES AT <a href='
August 14, 2021
Discussing DeepFakes, Crypto, and Their Impact On Our Lives
Are you skilled enough to spot a DeepFake? This Week On Planet Internet, Utsav Jaiswal, Ellen Stevens, and Amy Tom get deep into DeepFakes and NFTs. 🌍 THIS WEEK ON PLANET INTERNET First of all: DeepFakes. What are they again? (1:15)🧐 Are DeepFakes doing more harm than good? (2:50) ⚖️ Time to catch Utsav (such a boomer) up to speed on the social trends of NFTs looool (13:30) 🤦♀️ What crypto are you investing in first? 🍾 (15:50) Are banks adopting Bitcoin for the wrong reasons? (23:20)🏦 🗒️ SHOW NOTES: "How to Spot a DeepFake in 2021" by on HackerNoon: "Deepfakes: Thy Expiration Date is Nigh" by on HackerNoon: "NFTs Challenge The Art Industry's Dominance By The Wealthy Elites" by on HackerNoon: "Banks Are Adopting Bitcoin For All Wrong Reasons" by on HackerNoon: Here's the article I talked about regarding the AI program that can help detect deepfakes: READ START CONTRIBUTING:
August 10, 2021
Building an API-Powered Platform
There's Big CEO Energy on this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast. Jon Dahl, CEO of Mux, and Thierry Schellenbach, CEO of Stream, talk to Amy Tom about starting their API-powered platform 😱 On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast, Amy, Jon, and Thierry chat about: Why would you build an API platform with a narrow focus? 🤷♂️ (02:32) What were Thierry and Jon's very first jobs? (05:50) Waaaitttttt, so when you sell a company and start a new company that builds off of your original idea, is that like... cool? 🥶 (10:27) How many team members were on the founding team of Mux with Jon? (16:29) And how many co-founders did Stream have? (18:04) How did YOU learn your Management Skills? (19:15)🤔 Is opposing opinions important?(22:20)👊 🐠 VOTE FOR JON & MUX AT 🐟 VOTE FOR THIERRY & STREAM AT 💎 Get approved for 10-20x higher credit limit with Brex - Connect with Jon & Mux: You can get connected with Jon at You can vote for Mux at Connect with Thierry & Stream: You can get connected with Thierry at You can vote for Stream at Learn more about HackerNoon and Startups of The Year: For more information visit To read HackerNoon stories, check out
August 6, 2021
There's No Place Like The Metaverse
David, Amy, and Richard are Zoombombing a video call near you - JK, David more or less vetoed that idea. This Week On Planet Internet, the HN gang chats about the class-action Zoom lawsuit, the dehumanizing effect of video, and the Spirit airlines fiasco. 👽 THIS WEEK ON PLANET INTERNET: What would you do if you got Zoombombed? 💣 (00:45) Are people less credible over Zoom calls? 🧐 (08:04) Did someone say the Gaming Metaverse? (13:57) Horror stories and mass cancellations vs cheap-ass flights: who will be victorious? 🛫(15:29) Loooool guys, we do not understand the ownership economy 😂 (22:36) Amy uses her economics 101 background to decipher David's economics riddle 🧩(29:15) 🗒️ SHOW NOTES: The Zoomboming lawsuit: Pitfalls Of Court Hearings On Zoom on HackerNoon by : What the heck is going on with Spirit Airlines? What We Call the “Ownership Economy” with Braintrust CEO Adam Jackson on HackerNoon: READ START CONTRIBUTING:
August 3, 2021
The Land of The Lawless
Hi, it's me — the content you're looking for. And HOT DAMN, check me out. Amy Tom chats with Kate Bradley Chernis, CEO of Lately AI, about her startup journey. Kate describes what her career path has been like and what she's learned along the way in the kitchen, in the studio, and behind the CEO's desk at Lately. On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: What was Kate's first job? 🥇 (01:19) What did Kate learn from her role at the newspaper? (06:09) Kate talks about the moment she realizes she was destined to be an entrepreneur 💫 (09:57) How does Kate empower people to spread the "good word"? (16:10) Kate describes accidentally creating the baseline for Lately's AI 🌝 (20:55) Does Kate have any regrets or things she would have done differently? (26:05) How does Kate gain supporters and customers as she reinvents the wheel? 👩🔧 (30:58) What's the future for Lately and AI? (36:38) 🥂 VOTE FOR KATE & LATELY AT 🏦 Replace your business bank with Brex - Connect with Kate & Lately: You can follow Kate on Twitter You can learn about and vote for Lately at Learn more about HackerNoon and Startups of The Year: For more information visit startups.hackernoon.com To read HackerNoon stories, check out hackernoon.com
July 29, 2021
Oh Yeah, I've Heard of Algolia Before
OKAY - you get ten guesses. We'll be talking about 🥁🥁🥁 ALL THINGS STARTUPS. This Week On Planet Internet, Natasha Nel, Kien Dao, and Amy Tom talk about validating startup ideas, structuring startups, and the latest startup funding news. 🔥 THIS WEEK ON PLANET INTERNET: What went into the design process behind Startups Of The Year by HackerNoon? Kien's on the case (3:10) 👷♂️ Why does Algolia sound familiar? (9:45) 💯 What the heck is the Delta-4 Wealth Creation Theory? (15:05) ⁉️ Hierarchy in a startup? Say what?! (24:00)⁉️ 🗒️ SHOW NOTES: Kien's story on HackerNoon about creating the Startups Of The Year branding: Check out the story about the Delta 4 Theory by Read the Term Sheet newsletter: Let's Talk About Startup Structure by on HackerNoon: READ START CONTRIBUTING:
July 26, 2021
HackerNoon & The Wild West of Startups
Amy Tom chats with David Smooke (co-founder and CEO of HackerNoon) about his founder's journey with HackerNoon, and with Storm Farrell (Software Developer at HackerNoon) about developing Startups of The Year by HackerNoon. 💚 On this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: How did HackerNoon start? 🚦 (01:08) Wait - Storm, the dev mind behind the Noonies, didn't originally join HackerNoon as a Software Developer!? 🐸 (03:41) How would Storm and Amy describe their experiences with working at HackerNoon? 🌵 (08:03) Why did David choose to involve the readers to fund HackerNoon's move off Medium? 💶 (09:10) When was the most difficult phase HackerNoon has been through? 🐛 (13:02) Storm announces Startups of The Year by HackerNoon! 🍾 (15:56) Storm talks about taking what he learned from the Noonies and applying that develop Startups of The Year ✅ (19:02) David talks about how Startups of The Year will elevate people community voting ☘️ (22:31) What's the future for HackerNoon? 🐉 (25:59) Connect with David & Storm: You can follow David's work at You can follow Storm on Twitter Learn more about HackerNoon and Startups of The Year: For more information visit To read HackerNoon stories, check out 🤯 Earn $600 in Rewards at Bybit - <a href='