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Episode 188

Hannah Donovan

Entrepreneur/designer, entertainment tech. Working on a new thing :)

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Hannah Donovan is the CEO & Co-founder of Trash, a new startup that’s currently building a predictive video editing platform for creators. Hannah’s passion for media and design in all forms goes back to her early childhood. She eventually moved to New York before using the remainder of her savings to fly to the UK to interview with Last.fm where she was the first designer and woman hired on the team. Following the $280M acquisition of Last.fm by CBS, Hannah moved back to New York to push her product ideas and hypothesis on mixing AI and user recommendations in the audio space further with the launch of This Is My Jam, a cool and innovative platform for music lovers. After almost 4 years of working on that technology, Hannah continued to pursue her interests and passions for creating new forms of content & art, as well as the creative process of using a variety of tools. She joined Drip.com which was acquired by Kickstarter, and then the Twitter owned Vine platform, where she was faced with the unique challenge of shutting the platform down, shortly after joining. Hannah joins us to share her story, how she got into design and startups, what it was like working at Last.fm, what it was like launching and growing her first music startup This Is My Jam, how she created the opportunity to join Vine as the General Manager, what it was like facing the immense challenge of shutting the beloved platform down while simultaneously preserving the amazing content, how she managed to pursue her passions and curiosities, while establishing a career in consumer entertainment technology, what she’s currently up to with her new startup Trash, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Hannah got into design & startups
  • Learn more about how Hannah approaches building a career in consumer technology
  • Learn more about what Hannah is up to with Trash
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Hannah Donovan is the CEO & Co-founder of Trash, a new startup that’s currently building a predictive video editing platform for creators.

Hannah’s passion for media and design in all forms goes back to her early childhood.

She eventually moved to New York before using the remainder of her savings to fly to the UK to interview with Last.fm where she was the first designer and woman hired on the team.

Following the $280M acquisition of Last.fm by CBS, Hannah moved back to New York to push her product ideas and hypothesis on mixing AI and user recommendations in the audio space further with the launch of This Is My Jam, a cool and innovative platform for music lovers.

After almost 4 years of working on that technology, Hannah continued to pursue her interests and passions for creating new forms of content & art, as well as the creative process of using a variety of tools.

She joined Drip.com which was acquired by Kickstarter, and then the Twitter owned Vine platform, where she was faced with the unique challenge of shutting the platform down, shortly after joining.

Hannah joins us to share her story, how she got into design and startups, what it was like working at Last.fm, what it was like launching and growing her first music startup This Is My Jam, how she created the opportunity to join Vine as the General Manager, what it was like facing the immense challenge of shutting the beloved platform down while simultaneously preserving the amazing content, how she managed to pursue her passions and curiosities, while establishing a career in consumer entertainment technology, what she’s currently up to with her new startup Trash, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

3:15
Can you tell us more about yourself - where are you from and what did you study?

4:40
So where did your passion for media and technology come from?

7:22
So from those first experiences with TV, music, and the internet, how did you start your career? What were some of your first few jobs?

10:55
Can you tell us more about how you created that opportunity and what the entire experience was like? Both before and after the acquisition to CBS?

15:00
You ended up moving back to New York and launched your own startup called This Is My Jam. So can you tell us more about what that product, what inspired you to create it, and what it was like growing it?

22:27
Fast forward from that media startup to another one that most listeners will probably recognize and fondly remember - Vine, where you were the General Manager. So can you tell us more about what Vine was all about and how you created the opportunity to join the team there?

27:31
How did you come to the conclusion that you needed to trust your gut and explore your curiosities? Cause you said you were doubting yourself a little - like what changed?

29:45
Coming back to the challenge of Vine and unfortunately having to shutting it down. What goes into that? What were some of the project that went into that? Specifically with the creation of the Vine Camera?

34:28
Today you’re back at it as an entrepreneur, working on launching a new startup called Trash. So can you tell us more about what this startup is all about and what motivated you to start it and continue down this path of multimedia creator tools?

38:00
Do you have any final thoughts or advice to leave us with?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Hannah Donovan on Twitter
Hannah Donovan on the Web
Trash on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

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