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Oh Yeah, I've Heard of Algolia Before

July 29, 2021

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 PL...

Stock Market Cryptocurrency Startups Hackernoon Funding Hackernoon Origins Storm Entrepreneurship

HackerNoon & The Wild West of Startups

July 26, 2021

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 Hacker...

Data Privacy Online Privacy Data Science Data Harvesting HAcking Security Online Security

Bits and Bytes and Data Delights

July 22, 2021

Limarc Ambalina, Ellen Stevens, and Amy Tom chat about data privacy ☠️ Humans are in loooove with the internet, and data production is becoming more rampant and autonomous. How has this process affected our daily lives, and is it a good thing or a bad th...

Technically Speaking, You're Wrong

July 20, 2021

Amy Tom welcomes Sarah Day, Technical Writing Manager at LaunchDarkly, to talk about a career in technical writing. What's it like being a technical writer, and how do you become one? Join Amy on this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast while she finds out...

Blockchain Facebook Amazon Technology Satellites Tech News

Sorry Big Tech, We're Breaking Up With You

July 16, 2021

Oh, baby! We are cracking down on Big Tech. Amy Tom, David Smooke, and Hang Ngo talk about Biden's Executive Order on Big Tech, more space war dram, and decentralization & blockchain technology 🥳 Facebook sells its internet satellite orbit team to Amazon...

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Reupload from June 2020: John McAfee and David Smooke on the #1 Danger of the Internet (and other things)

July 15, 2021

John McAfee talks about making more money than God on the Hacker Noon podcast hosted by David Smooke. https://podcast.hackernoon.com/ McAfee starts off with the impact of one's childhood and how it shapes perspectives. He shares his experiences as an ...

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The Dogecoin Salut

July 14, 2021

Welcome to this beautiful corner of the internet - Dogecoin meets partying & decentralization. Amy Tom talks to Gary Lachance, a Vancouver-based Dogecoin millionaire and the founder of the Decentralized Dance Party, about how he invested $300 into Dogeco...

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A Clubhouse convo with Linh, David and the folks at Genesis Investment

July 9, 2021

Hacker Noon: Retro Edition! COO Linh and CEO David talk with Genesis Investment about everything from business to personal life and all things in between. Viewers young and old will be astounded by what you hear. We cannot promise this episode will cure ...

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The Investor Next Door

July 8, 2021

Would you risk it all on a trading bot? 🤖 David Smooke, Amy Tom, and Guy (the Cher of HN - jk his last name is Torbet) talk about special purpose acquisition companies, culture & novelization, equity crowdfunding, and trading algorithms. This Week On Pla...


Flash Loan Attacks On The Blockchain

July 7, 2021

Utsav Jaiswal is joined by Sam Kim, Founding Partner at Umbrella Network, and Miguel Morales, Technical Advisor to Umbrella Network, to talk about flash loans on the blockchain. They discuss how flash loan attacks happen, the implications of flash loan a...

3 Bears and A Podcast That's Just Right

July 1, 2021

Ahh, parenting - something 2 people on this podcast episode know a lot about 😂. Linh Dao Smooke (Mama Bear of 1), Richard Kubina (Papa Bear of 2), and Amy Tom (definite Baby Bear) talk about parenting in the age of the internet and the pandemic 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. ...

The Fascinating Side of Debugging

June 30, 2021

Yoz Grahame, a Solutions Architect at LaunchDarkly, joins Amy Tom on The HackerNoon Podcast this week to talk about bugs and debugging. Yoz — who is somewhat of a bug fanatic — explains software, bugs, and what happens when bugs derail a system. 🕷 This w...

Have Video Games Ever 'Crossed the Line'?

June 29, 2021

Hacker Noon's Gaming Editor Limarc Ambalina talks to Video Game Blogging Fellows Jack Boreham and Nicolas Ng about the times video games may have crossed the line. Warning: Due to the topic of discussion, this episode will go over scenes of extreme viole...

Leaving Bezos in Space Makes the World a Better Place

June 24, 2021

Natasha Nel, Amy Tom, and Ellen Stevens are talking about BIG MONEY. 🤑 Yeah - we're talking layoffs and payoffs at Booking.com and American Airlines, the massive petition to stop Jeff Bezos from returning to Earth, and the fallout from China's ban on cry...

Magical Blockchain Genies & Explaining Blockchain to your Indian Mom

June 23, 2021

The Blockchain bros are in the house! 🏠 Utsav Jaiswal talks to Tim Frost (CEO of Yield App), Arun Philips (Community Manager at Polygon), and Miles Anthony (CEO of Decentral Games). On this episode of the Hacker Noon Podcast, we're offering unsolicited a...

Creating a Multi-Cloud Strategy with Mark Gamble

June 22, 2021

Amy Tom talks to Mark Gamble, the Product & Solutions Marketing Director at Couchbase, about data-for-good initiatives and creating a Multi-Cloud Strategy. In this episode of The HackerNoon Podcast: Mark talks about the data-for good and the initiatives ...

Every Game is a Party: CEO, Steve Hall, on Digital Strategy

June 21, 2021

Every AUDL game is a party according to Steve Hall, the CEO of the American Ultimate Disc League. 🎉 From releasing their first NFT to taking live games to live streams, AUDL is a very digital organization. Despite being in the sports & entertainment indu...

They Can’t Stop All Of Us!!

June 17, 2021

Do Aliens exist? 👽 Limarc Ambalina, David Smooke, and Amy Tom talk about storming area 51 and the Pentagon's upcoming UFO report, El Salvador's adoption of Bitcoin, and the return to the office. 🤪 This Week On Planet Internet 🎧 How will the return to the...

Using Feature Flags For Testing In Production

June 16, 2021

Amy Tom talks to Yoz Grahame, a Solutions Architect at LaunchDarkly about feature flags. 🏴 Yoz has worn many hats in his tech career - from programming to movie production to developer advocacy - he seems like he's done it all! Yoz talks about his career...

Managing Databases on Kubernetes with Anil Kumar

June 15, 2021

Amy Tom talks to Anil Kumar, the Product Manager at Couchbase, about becoming a Product Manager, writing his book: Couchbase on Kubernetes, and creating a multi-cloud strategy. 😁 This week on The Hacker Noon Podcast: Anil has been at Couchbase for 8 year...

Is Rainbowification Controversial?

June 11, 2021

Happy Pride Month, Hackers! 🏳️‍🌈 Amy Tom, Linh Dao Smooke, and Kien Dao have a thoughtful conversation about LGBTQ+ culture in the tech industry and intersectional discrimination in the workplace. They also discuss WWDC 2021, the iOS 14.6 privacy update,...

Should Indie Game Devs Print Physical Copies? | Interview with Quest Arrest Dev

June 10, 2021

Limarc Ambalina talks to John Roo, the Solo Indie Game developer behind Quest Arrest, an RPG detective game developed for the Nintendo Game Boy in 2020. John explains some of the reasons for the game's success and his decision to print physical cartridge...

Let's Talk About Sec, Baby

June 8, 2021

In the age of extreme personalization, how can you remain safe and secure online? 😭 Amy Tom talks to Jeff Morris, VP of Product & Solutions Marketing at Couchbase, and Mike Schwartz, Founder & CEO of Gluu. Mike is an expert in authentication and applicat...

We're Just Riding the Ups and Downs of Investing in Bitcoin

June 4, 2021

Okay yes, Natasha, Linh, Amy, and Hang do a HOT TAKE on the Friends Reunion for the first 5 minutes of this episode. 🙄 BUT they also talk about the most traded tech stocks, investing in Bitcoin, and local startup news. This Week on Planet Internet: Linh ...

The Journey Of The CTO

June 1, 2021

What's it like to be a CTO? 😱 Amy Tom talks to Ravi Mayuram, CTO of Couchbase, about the CTO mindset, Ravi's career journey to CTO, and skill trends in tech. Amy and Ravi talk about education, trends in data, building trust, and more. In this episode of ...

About the Hosts

Amy Tom

Podcast Host & Editor at Hacker Noon

Amy Tom is an Editor and the Podcast Host at Hacker Noon. She studied digital marketing, and she later worked in IT Security, Business, Copywriting, and more. When she isn’t editing or writing, you’ll probably find her obsessing about a new podcast, in the middle of a 2-hour power walk, or in a travel/scuba diving-based daydream. She will talk techie to you all day about data, security, device lifecycle, and all the business considerations that come along with it.

David Smooke

CEO of Hacker Noon

David Smooke is the leader of Hacker Noon. He grew the company from startup marketing agency (ArtMap Inc) into a publishing and software company (Hacker Noon). He begins his every morning by reviewing the best Hacker Noon story submissions from all around the internet.

Hang Ngo

Business Analyst at Hacker Noon

Hang is the Business Analyst at Hacker Noon, where she works on general operational, administrative, and financial activities. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Mathematics and Business Management (with a minor in Spanish). In her free time, she reads, watches videos on Youtube and saves memes from the Internet.

Limarc Ambalina

VP of Growth at Hacker Noon

Limarc Ambalina is the VP of Growth at Hacker Noon, interested in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and video games. He began his career as a clickbait writer for various Valnet publications but quickly transitioned into video game journalism. After moving to Tokyo in 2016, he became a prominent writer in the Japanese anime and pop culture beats. As a tech writer, he interviews developers in the machine learning and virtual reality industries and helps promote interesting studies and innovative technologies.

Linh Dao Smooke

COO & Mama-in-Chief at Hacker Noon

Linh Dao Smooke makes sure the light is on at Hacker Noon. Since she joined full-time in 2017, Hacker Noon’s traffic, revenue and team quality accelerated and grew many folds. Previously, she was head of Asia Marketing at Minerva Project ($100M in funding). Linh also founded the first creativity camp in Vietnam, CKP, which continues to empower Viet students 9 years in. Her experience in education has been instrumental in how Hacker Noon onboards, nurtures, and serves its community of writers and sponsors.

Natasha Nel

VP of Editorial at Hacker Noon

Natasha Nel is Hacker Noon's Managing Editor. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2012 with a postgrad degree in journalism and political sciences, and her subsequent work experience in both reporting and content marketing strategy have earned her the incomparable honor of being Hacker Noon's go-to "words person". Natasha's startup resume spans the media and publication; online education; wellness; cannabis; and blockchain industries.

Richard Kubina

Full-Stack Developer at Hacker Noon

Richard Kubina is a full-stack developer at Hacker Noon. He comes from a background of manufacturing where he orchestrated various pieces of hardware to build things on assembly lines while collecting data to make charts and graphs with. He likes databases, voxels, pixels, and sounds a lot. CSS not so much.

Utsav Jaiswal

VP of Business Development at Hacker Noon

Utsav Jaiswal graduated from India's top dental college and decided to become a writer instead - much to the disappointment of his very Indian parents. Soon, he was writing about bitcoin for bitcoin. He also helped a few businesses build robust decentralized technical architectures. At Hacker Noon, Utsav serves as the VP of Business Development and Blockchain Editor. Now, he obsesses over sales pitches, nerds over email copies, and fixates over furthering decentralization.

Guy Torbet

Software Engineer at Hacker Noon

Guy is a 17-year-old software engineer and student from Scotland and South Africa, heading to the University of Edinburgh to pursue a degree in Computer Science! When he's not being a nerd and staring at code all day, he enjoys reading, drinking, and building stuff, he documents his journey through all of this on https://torbet.co and https://twitter.com/guytorbet

Kien Dao

Brand Executive

Kien Dao has worked for Hacker Noon since June 2018 as a Community Manager and Special Projects Intern and was promoted to Brand Executive as of September 2018. He is in charge of designing branding logos, promoting images for various projects and campaigns and communicating with the Hacker Noon community. Kien has a website https://kientdao.wixsite.com/kiendao where he shows his love for graphic design, videography, and photography.