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Abnormal Engineering Stories, Episode #10: Examining the UK Startup Ecosystem

In episode 10 of Abnormal Engineering Stories, David Hagar, Director of Engineering and Abnormal Head of UK Engineering, sits down with Zehan Wang, co-founder of Magic Pony.

July 28, 2022

In 2016, less than two years after co-founding the company, Zehan Wang and his partner found themselves signing an acquisition agreement with Twitter. Their machine learning-based visual processing technology caught Twitter’s eye during Nvidia GTC, and the rest, as they say, is history.

For the next five years, Zehan worked as a people manager at Twitter, first in charge of the machine learning software engineering team and then eventually as Head of Cortex Applied Research. In 2021, Zehan decided to change course and became an angel investor.

In this two-part episode, David Hagar, Director of Engineering and Abnormal Head of UK Engineering, explores how Zehan started his career in tech and his journey to becoming an angel investor. They discuss:

  • The startup ecosystem in the UK

  • How to intelligently select investments

  • The importance of people management

  • How to choose your next role

We hope you enjoy it! Don’t forget to subscribe on Apple, Spotify, or Google Podcasts.

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