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STS Beyond the Classroom: Meet our Director Professor Paul Edwards

Please join us for an informal chat with our STS Director, Professor Paul Edwards, William J. Perry Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation and Professor of Information and History (Emeritus), University of Michigan.

This is a great opportunity to ask and learn about career paths, academic research, and what STS really looks like beyond the classroom. Co-founder and Co-CEO Jannick Malling @ ETL

Jannick Malling is the co-founder and co-CEO of, an investing social network where members can own fractional shares of stocks and ETFs, follow popular creators, and share ideas within a community of investors. Prior to Public, Malling was co-founder and CEO of Tradable, a company that reinvented the online trading platform through a unified API platform that allowed developers to build financial apps connecting to a global network of brokerages.

Airtable co-founder and CEO Howie Liu @ ETL

Howie Liu is the CEO of Airtable. Inspired by his own experiences learning to code and inventing his first jobs by building customized business apps, he co-founded the company in 2013 to democratize software creation. Airtable’s mission is to enable anyone to build the software tools that meet their needs. Liu was previously a product leader at Salesforce. Prior to that role, he was the founder of Etacts, an intelligent CRM tool that was acquired by Salesforce.

Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet @ ETL

Maëlle Gavet is the CEO of Techstars and the author of Trampled by Unicorns: Big Tech’s Empathy Problem and How to Fix It (Wiley, 2020). She founded her first business at sixteen, went on to start two other companies, and has been a senior executive at numerous large tech companies around the world, including Ozon, the Priceline Group, and Compass. Gavet has appeared on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and Time Magazine’s list of the 25 Top Female Techpreuners, and has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.

Nicole Diaz, Snap Inc.'s Global Head Integrity & Compliance Legal @ ETL

Nicole Diaz is the Global Head of Integrity & Compliance Legal for Snap Inc., where her responsibilities include promoting ethical business standards and adherence to the Code of Conduct, managing risk in key areas such as anti-bribery and trade law, and leading internal investigations. She is a Harvard Law School graduate and integrity-first compliance attorney with over a decade of experience in investigations and civil and criminal litigation, and has been named as a Los Angeles Business Journal Leader in the Law.

Ulu Ventures managing director Miriam Rivera @ ETL

Miriam Rivera is the co-founder and Managing Director of Ulu Ventures, a seed stage venture fund focused on IT startups. Previously, she was a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Google, where she joined as the company’s second attorney. Her work to simplify contracts helped Google scale from $85M to $10B in five years. Rivera earned her AB, AM, and JD/MBA degrees from Stanford University. She was also a trustee for the university and serves on Stanford’s Lead Council and the Stanford Law School Venture Fund.

Cloudflare co-founder, president and COO Michelle Zatlyn @ ETL

Michelle Zatlyn is the co-founder, president, and Chief Operating Officer of Cloudflare, an internet security, performance, and reliability company that is on a mission to help build a better internet. Prior to co-founding Cloudflare, Zatlyn held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two successful startups. She sits on the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders Foundation Board, has been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list, and was part of Marie Claire’s 7th Annual New Guard.

Color co-founder and CEO Othman Laraki @ ETL

Othman Laraki is the co-founder and CEO of Color, a distributed healthcare and clinical testing company. From population genomics programs to high-throughput COVID-19 testing, Color provides the technology and infrastructure to power large-scale health initiatives. Early in his career, Laraki spent several formative years at Google, where he worked on performance infrastructure and client-side software. After leaving Google, he co-founded MixerLabs, which was acquired by Twitter in 2009.


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