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Next Generation Computing

Hard, Valuable, Fun

Hard, Valuable, Fun

PayPal co-founder Max Levchin swore he'd never work in financial services again.

"I spent a lot of time trying to convince myself that I wasn't going to make another payment product or banking product," he said.

But Levchin told Carnegie Mellon University students during a recent recruiting trip that using data to disrupt the credit industry sparked his interest in a new venture, Affirm.

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Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science hosted Max Levchin, an entrepreneur, investor in early-stage startups and a co-founder of PayPal and Yelp, for visit to Carnegie Mellon University as part of a University Tech Tour organized by HVF, his San Francisco-based innovation and investment lab.

Levchin joined David Mawhinney, co-director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, for a "fireside chat” focusing on consumer finance and healthcare. He also held an open pitch session with CMU students who wanted to propose startup ideas or products for HVF’s consideration.

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Next Generation Computing

Life's A Beach

Life's a Beach

A mathematical process inspired by piles of sand models properties of natural hazards such as earthquakes, forest fires and avalanches. Wes Pegden, an assistant professor in CMU's Mellon College of Science, is working to understand the fractal structures produced by this process.

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Creativity & the Arts

Where It All Began

Where It All Began

Kenny Chesney was a valet. Toby Keith played football. Merle Haggard was in jail. Dan Smyers? Before the rising country star took to the stage with songwriting partner Shay Mooney, the Dan + Shay guitar slinger studied finance at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Global Society & Economy

President Suresh Inducted Into 3rd National Academy

President Suresh Inducted Into 3rd National Academy

Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh has been inducted into the Institute of Medicine, making him the only university president to be elected to all three national academies.

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