Hack To Start Ep.188: Hannah Donovan, CEO of Trash

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

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

She 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 $280 million acquisition of Last.fm by CBS, Donovan 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, an innovative platform for music lovers.

After almost four years of working on that technology, Donovan continued to pursue her interests and passions for creating new forms of content and 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.

Donovan 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 GM, 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!

Hack To Start is a weekly podcast focused on interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success hosted by @FrancoVarriano and @TylerCopeland.