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Episode 147

Maya Prohovnik

I work at @anchor & I make things sometimes.

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Maya Prohovnik is the Head of Operations at Anchor, a whole new way to experience audio. Maya studies psychology and linguistics before joining a startup called Aviary. There she learnt all about startups taking on several roles and helping the team grow from 8 to more than 30 before it was acquired by Adobe. Maya then ended up joining Betaworks in New York where she helped organize the first (official) Hackers in Residence program. She also helped launch a product called Glitter while she was there. Maya also introduced the duo of Michael & Nir - who were working on app called Anchor - to Betaworks. She joined their team as the app quickly took off. Maya joins us to share her story, how she started her career in tech, what it was like working at Betaworks, how she joined Anchor, how she’s building a community around a new way of sharing audio, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Maya got into startups
  • Learn more about what it was like working at Betaworks
  • Learn more about how Maya approaches building a community around audio
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Maya Prohovnik is the Head of Operations at Anchor, a whole new way to experience audio.

Maya studies psychology and linguistics before joining a startup called Aviary. There she learnt all about startups taking on several roles and helping the team grow from 8 to more than 30 before it was acquired by Adobe.

Maya then ended up joining Betaworks in New York where she helped organize the first (official) Hackers in Residence program. She also helped launch a product called Glitter while she was there.

Maya also introduced the duo of Michael & Nir - who were working on app called Anchor - to Betaworks. She joined their team as the app quickly took off.

Maya joins us to share her story, how she started her career in tech, what it was like working at Betaworks, how she joined Anchor, how she’s building a community around a new way of sharing audio, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:55
Where are you from and what did you study?

2:44
Where did your passion for education and technology come from?

3:35
You were one of the first employees at Aviary a company that created several photo editing tools before being acquired by Adobe. Can you tell us a bit more about this company and how you create the opportunity to work there?

5:23
What was it like doing a little bit of everything and helping the company grow from 8-30 employees? What were some of the biggest lessons you took from that experience?

7:15
From there you ended up joining Betaworks in 2014. Can you tell us more about what Betaworks is and how you created the opportunity to join the team there?

10:47
You were the Head of Community Development, but obviously did a ton of stuff including running a Hacker In Residence Program. Can you tell us a little more about this and what it was like creating something like that, that was a first of its kind?

13:42
While at Betaworks, you co-created an app called Glitter. Can you tell us more about what Glitter was and what motivated you to launch it?

18:08
Today, you’re the Head of Operations and employee #1 at Anchor. Can you tell us a bit more about Anchor and what it was like joining the team there?

23:07
What’s it been like building a startup like Anchor - a re-imagined take on a familiar format? What is it about the future of audio or internet radio that has you so excited?

25:20
Anchor just launched a major V2 and had a few great parties at SXSW. So what’s next for Anchor in 2017?

28:00
What’s are some of the most recent apps you’ve downloaded or used?

29:55
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately or awesome Anchor Stations we should all follow?

32:50
Do you have any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


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

Twitter Handles & Websites

Maya Prohovnik on Twitter
Maya Prohovnik on the web
Anchor on Twitter
Anchor on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Foursquare
Swarm
Paprika
Narwhal
Weather Line
Typeshift
Zach Gage
TwoDots
Cold Storm Radio
The Outline
Let Me Google That
Medicine Remixed

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