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The Inc. Founders Project brings you the stories of the entrepreneurs building our future. Hosted by Alexa von Tobel (Founder/CEO of LearnVest and now Founder + Managing Partner of Inspired Capital), listen to the tales of guts, inspiration, and drive behind the people and companies at the forefront of technology. Each weekly conversation digs into each founder's professional playbook — and starts to uncover what makes them tick as people.
 
Are you a researcher or data scientist / analyst / ninja? Do you want to learn Bayesian inference, stay up to date or simply want to understand what Bayesian inference is? Then this podcast is for you! You'll hear from researchers and practitioners of all fields about how they use Bayesian statistics, and how in turn YOU can apply these methods in your modeling workflow. When I started learning Bayesian methods, I really wished there were a podcast out there that could introduce me to the me ...
 
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At this very moment, you might be wearing a device to track your heart rate, your steps, or how well you slept. But what if you wear a device that impacted how you felt? That's the vision behind Feelmore Labs, and their debut product, Cove — a scientifically proven new wearable device that improves sleep and cancels stress. Cove's co-founder, Franc…
 
Episode sponsored by Tidelift: tidelift.com Imagine me rapping: "Let me show you how to be a good Bayesian. Change your predictions after taking information in, and if you’re thinking I’ll be less than amazing, let’s adjust those expectations!" What?? Nah, you’re right, I’m not as good as Baba Brinkman. Actually, the best to perform « Good Bayesian…
 
Blockchain, NFTs, ethereum—the world of crypto is wildly complex for most consumers. But Flori Marquez and her cofounder Zac Prince had a vision to bridge traditional finance and blockchain technology through their startup, BlockFi. With a range of products, like a credit card that lets you earn bitcoin in lieu of reward points, BlockFi is bringing…
 
Christy Turlington Burns is known around the globe as a model. She's been featured on thousands of magazine covers and was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. But Christy is also a repeat founder—of yoga lifestyle brand Nuala, skincare line Sundari, and for the last decade, not-for-profit Every Mother Counts. After experiencing a child…
 
Episode sponsored by Tidelift: tidelift.com I don’t know about you, but the notion of time is really intriguing to me: it’s a purely artificial notion; we humans invented it — as an experiment, I asked my cat what time it was one day; needless to say it wasn’t very conclusive… And yet, the notion of time is so central to our lives — our work, leisu…
 
As Certified Financial Planner, Stephany has long had a passion for helping families manage their money. And as a seasoned tech executive, Stephany realized that the most effective way to help hundreds of millions of families was to build new fintech infrastructure from the ground up. In 2019, she started Orum to make money movement smart and real-…
 
As a freshman at MIT, Alexandr was struck by his classmates' interest in AI. But he realized that despite all that AI technology could solve, there was no solution for managing AI-related data. So, at 19, he dropped out of college and started Scale AI. Scale now helps customers like Pinterest and Toyota accelerate the progress of AI and has grown t…
 
Armon was on the PhD path, poised to become an academic. But he and his college friend Mitchell Hashimoto realized they had an opportunity ahead of them: building technology to support cloud infrastructure. They founded HashiCorp in 2012 and have grown to more than 80 million open source downloads per year, with a company valuation over $5 billion.…
 
Episode sponsored by Tidelift: tidelift.com I bet you already heard of Bayesian nonparametric models, at least on this very podcast. We already talked about Dirichlet Processes with Karin Knudson on episode 4, and then about Gaussian Processes with Elizaveta Semenova on episode 21. Now we’re gonna dive into the mathematical properties of these obje…
 
In 2007, a year before the Recession hit, Ken Lin set out to offer free credit scores and bring transparency to the credit industry. His startup, Credit Karma, now serves more than 100 million members around the globe and has continued to roll out free, consumer-first tools to help members manage the entirety of their financial lives. The industry …
 
In 2013, a team of academics at UC Berkeley was working to solve massive data challenges that were impacting the tech companies in their backyard. Fast-forward and that team now represents the co-founders of Databricks, a data and AI company used by more than 5,000 organizations worldwide. In 2016, Ali Ghodsi stepped into the CEO seat and the compa…
 
Episode sponsored by Tidelift: tidelift.com One of the most common guest suggestions that you dear listeners make is… inviting Paul Bürkner on the show! Why? Because he’s a member of the Stan development team and he created BRMS, a popular R package to make and sample from Bayesian regression models using Stan. And, as I like you, I did invite Paul…
 
What if technology could make us safer in the real world? That's the problem Andrew Frame, founder of Citizen, set out to solve. The Citizen app, which combines location information with 911 intelligence, is now used by over seven million people across 25 cities. Andrew is a serial entrepreneur and tech whiz who is creating a fundamentally new cate…
 
Alyssa had booked the perfect camping trip, but when she arrived, she realized the campsite was the ideal surfing spot—if only she’d known to bring her board. She decided to leverage the power of technology to make getting outdoors more accessible. In 2013, she founded Hipcamp, which has grown into the most comprehensive resource for unique outdoor…
 
Episode sponsored by Tidelift: tidelift.com We already mentioned multilevel regression and post-stratification (MRP, or Mister P) on this podcast, but we didn’t dedicate a full episode to explaining how it works, why it’s useful to deal with non-representative data, and what its limits are. Well, let’s do that now, shall we? To that end, I had the …
 
Tristan Handy did not set out to build a venture-scale startup, backed by the likes of Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia. But that's precisely the journey he's on after founding Fishtown Analytics back in 2016. The company started as a consulting firm, but Tristan soon realized that their core technology—dbt—was a powerful tool in the budding field o…
 
After growing up in Eastern Kentucky coal country, Kiran Bhatraju is no stranger to the energy industry. But as the founder of Arcadia, Kiran is on a mission to make renewable energy accessible for everyone. To combat climate change, he's starting with most people's largest carbon footprint: the home energy bill. With a new model, Arcadia is workin…
 
How do people choose their career? How do they change jobs? How do they even change careers? These are important questions that we don’t have great answers to. But structured data about the dynamics of labor markets are starting to emerge, and that’s what Ben Zweig is modeling at Revelio Labs. An economist and data scientist, Ben is indeed the CEO …
 
75% of American adults are overweight or obese—and that number is only growing. Enter Calibrate, the modern, medical metabolic health business that is changing the way the world treats weight. Isabelle Kenyon founded Calibrate when her mom came to her for advice. Isabelle realized that the science around weight loss was clear, but the industry was …
 
In 2020, the idea of attending an event virtually became commonplace. But Johnny Boufarhat came up with the idea for Hopin, the online platform that's redefining virtual events, years prior. After becoming immunocompromised in 2015, Johnny was searching for a way to enable networking digitally. He started Hopin in 2019, and in less than a year, sca…
 
What if every American were an investor? At Robinhood, Vlad Tenev is on a mission to make the financial system work for everyone. He co-founded the company in 2013, and the fast-growing brokerage has become an investing giant. With over 13 million users and $1 billion in funding, it's no surprise incumbents have been influenced by Robinhood's model…
 
When explaining Bayesian statistics to people who don’t know anything about stats, I often say that MCMC is about walking many different paths in lots of parallel universes, and then counting what happened in all these universes. And in a sense, this whole podcast is dedicated to sampling the whole distribution of Bayesian practitioners. So, for th…
 
I don’t know if you noticed, but I have a fondness for any topic related to decision-making under uncertainty — when it’s studied scientifically of course. Understanding how and why people make decisions when they don’t have all the facts is fascinating to me. That’s why I like electoral forecasting and I love cognitive sciences. So, for the first …
 
It’s funny how powerful symbols are, right? The Eiffel Tower makes you think of Paris, the Statue of Liberty is New-York, and the Trevi Fountain… is Rome of course! Just with one symbol, you can invoke multiple concepts and ideas. You probably know that symbols are omnipresent in mathematics — but did you know that they are also very important in s…
 
Most startups set out to tackle massive problems, but working to develop a low-cost, long-duration energy storage solution that will enable the electric system to be 100% renewably powered? That's a big one by any standard. At Form Energy, Mateo Jaramillo and his co-founders are working to bring that very vision to life, leveraging the smartest min…
 
What if you could perform like a superhuman at work? That's the idea behind Forethought, the AI company on a mission to bring intelligence to every single workflow. Co-Founder Deon Nicholas is building technology to augment—not replace—workers, starting with an AI for customer support. Since launch, Forethought has resolved over 500,000 customer su…
 
I’ll be honest here: I had a hard time summarizing this episode for you, and, let’s face it, it’s all my guest’s fault! Why? Because Aki Vehtari works on so many interesting projects that it’s hard to sum them all up, even more so because he was very generous with his time for this episode! But let’s try anyway, shall we? So, Aki is an Associate pr…
 
In times of crisis, designing an efficient policy response is paramount. In case of natural disasters or pandemics, it can even determine the difference between life and death for a substantial number of people. But precisely, how do you design such policy responses, making sure that risks are optimally shared, people feel safe enough to reveal nec…
 
Topping the app store charts is a once-in-a-lifetime experience—unless you're a mobile entrepreneurship genius, like Prerna Gupta. She and her husband created hit music apps, like AutoRap, that have been downloaded by 350 million people. Now, Prerna is at the helm of Hooked, building a new television network for Gen Z that has already reached an as…
 
Upon reading that most successful founders start their companies by age 37, David Rubenstein decided to join them. A lawyer who worked in the Carter administration, David set out to start a private equity firm based in Washington DC. He co-founded Carlyle in 1987, and the firm has grown to become an industry giant that manages over $221 billion. Da…
 
In a few days, a consequential election will take place, as citizens of the United States will go to the polls and elect their president — in fact they already started voting. You probably know a few forecasting models that try to predict what will happen on Election Day — who will get elected, by how much and with which coalition of States? But ho…
 
The story behind Slack—the communication platform used by millions around the globe—is almost a happy accident. Cal Henderson and his co-founders had been toiling away on a gaming startup, Glitch, when they realized the product of most value within their organization were the tools they'd hacked together to collaborate across locations. That collab…
 
I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to really miss traveling and just talking to people without having to think about masks, social distance and activating the covid tracking app on my phone. In the coming days, there is one event that, granted, won’t make all of that disappear, but will remind me how enriching it is to meet new people — this …
 
What if you could get a life insurance policy in just 3 minutes, 24/7? That's now a reality, thanks to Peter Colis and his digital-forward life insurance startup, Ethos. Ethos is a next-gen InsureTech company that puts accessibility front and center, underwriting applicants in real-time via proprietary algorithms. To date, the company has raised $1…
 
Parts of our financial system are so deeply ingrained that innovation seems impossible. But after realizing how archaic the credit score was, Jason Gross set out to fix it. He launched Petal to reinvent the credit card and leverage banking data to democratize credit scoring. He's long been committed to fairness in financial services, having served …
 
Have you watched the series « The English Game », on Netflix? Well, I think you should — it’s a fascinating dive into how football went from an aristocratic to a popular sport in the late 19th century England. Today it is so popular that it became a valuable business to do statistics on the game and its players! To talk about that, I invited Kevin …
 
Building a business is a team sport. No one understands that better than Josh Reeves and his co-founders at Gusto. Since 2012, they have been hard at work building the leading people platform that empowers small businesses to take care of their hard-working teams. With a valuation of nearly 4 billion, Gusto now helps over 100,000 companies with pay…
 
Dr. Paul Judge is a serial entrepreneur through and through. After stumbling into coding as a kid, he has spent his career as an expert in information security issues. With a Ph.D. and 30 patented technologies in his name, he's co-founded three companies that have been acquired and is currently the co-founder of Pindrop, which has raised over $100 …
 
Do you know what proteins are, what they do and why they are useful? Well, be prepared to be amazed! In this episode, Seth Axen will tell us about the fascinating world of protein structures and computational biology, and how his work of Bayesian modeler fits into that! Passionate about mathematics and statistics, Seth is finishing a PhD in bioinfo…
 
In 2011, Steve and his co-founders set out to build a company. They understood the power of a vertical strategy and realized that restaurants were ripe for innovation. Enter Toast, which powers restaurants with point of sale, front of house, back of house, and guest-facing technology. Toast has grown rapidly with a clear focus on their customers: r…
 
Chris Bennett grew up in Miami, and out of his 31 first cousins, he was the first to go to college. Looking back, he realized it was his access to early childhood education that set him on his trajectory—to a degree from Wharton and a job in private equity. So, he launched Wonderschool with an aim to provide high quality early education to every ch…
 
If you’ve studied at a business school, you probably didn’t attend any Bayesian stats course there. Well this isn’t like that in every business schools! Elea McDonnel Feit does integrate Bayesian methods into her teaching at the business school of Drexel University, in Philadelphia, US. Elea is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Drexel, and in …
 
At 15, Dylan Diamond built an app to help his high school classmates manage their schedules. The simple tool was an instant hit, with over 90% of the campus using the app daily. Fast-forward to college: Dylan met Max, and the two decided to go all-in on Saturn. They are working to build community around the calendar in high schools, with a big visi…
 
What if you could discover what diseases you're genetically predisposed for? That's the problem Othman Laraki set out to solve at Color, with a tech-forward approach to genomics. Since launching in 2013, Color's aim has expanded to building public health infrastructure (making it no surprise that Color is one of San Francisco's biggest Covid-19 tes…
 
When Brynne moved to Bogota, Colombia after graduating from Harvard Business School, she quickly realized that there was no tech solution for finding a home. In 2019, she teamed up with co-founder Sebastian Noguera to tackle the $10 trillion Spanish Latin American real estate market with the launch of Habi. In just the past year, Brynne and Sebasti…
 
If, like me, you’ve been stuck in a 40 square-meter apartment for two months, you’re going to be pretty jealous of Avi Bryant. Indeed, Avi lives on Galiano Island, Canada, not very far from Vancouver, surrounded by forest, overlooking the Salish Sea. In this natural and beautiful — although slightly deer-infested — spot, Avi runs The Gradient Retre…
 
Trying to get a diagnosis for a myriad of symptoms she was experiencing, Julia Cheek ended up spending thousands of dollars on lab testing bills for results she never even saw. Julia saw an opportunity to transform the 25 billion dollar lab testing industry, so in 2015, she founded Everlywell. With 30+ types of at-home lab tests, Everlywell has sca…
 
I bet you heard a lot about epidemiological compartmental models such as SIR in the last few months? But what are they exactly? And why are they so useful for epidemiological modeling? Elizaveta Semenova will tell you why in this episode, by walking us through the case study she recently wrote with the Stan team. She’ll also tell us how she used Ga…
 
When Olivier and his co-founder launched Datadog in 2010, they didn't write a single line of code for the first six months—despite having backgrounds as engineers. Out of the gate, they have made it their mission to listen to customers and understand what problems they can solve for them. Fast-forward a decade: Datadog is the essential monitoring p…
 
When Daniel Gross was 18, he traveled from Jerusalem to Silicon Valley to join Y Combinator as the youngest founder ever accepted at the time. In just a few short years, his search engine startup, Cue, was acquired by Apple. Now, he's at the helm of Pioneer, a fully remote accelerator that backs unconventional startups from around the world—no matt…
 
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