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The Break is a podcast hosted by Anish Kottu and Hamza Mohamoud that explores the passions of, stories behind, and projects created by our guests.
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Dan Hepworth discusses why he founded tutoring startups The Massapequa Tutor and StudentSide, his experience with prioritizing his businesses and academics, and the ups and downs of college startup circles. This episode is produced by Anish Kottu, Hamza Mohamoud, Sophie Carroll, Sara Kate Baudhuin, and Arjun Yagnamurthy, and features music from 12xAM (https://spoti.fi/2RftVWi).
Arjun Yagnamurthy talks about how he’s loved to work with a passionate team to build something together—and that it might be as important then the final product. 
Laura Benzing talks about how she uses her passion for hiking as a method of escape from life, culminating in her completion of the 2,184 mile long Appalachian trail. This episode is produced by Anish Kottu, Hamza Mohamoud, Sophie Carroll, Sara Kate Baudhuin, and Arjun Yagnamurthy, and features music from 12xAM (https://spoti.fi/2RftVWi).Laura's Email: benzinglaura@gmail.com
Catherine McMillian discusses the history of classical music and how she’s passionate about giving it new life through her musical compositions. This episode is produced by Anish Kottu, Hamza Mohamoud, Sophie Carroll, and Arjun Yagnamurthy, and features music from 12xAM (https://spoti.fi/2RftVWi).Resources:Catherine’s Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/catherinerosemcCatherine’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherinerosemc
Sophie talks about how she decided to join The Break, opening up about how she struggles with being a generalist in what feels like a specialists' world.
Shehzan Maredia discusses his experience on the building of NOVID, a popular COVID contact tracing app currently rising in the market. This episode is produced by Anish Kottu, Hamza Mohamoud, Sophie Carroll, and Arjun Yagnamurthy, featuring music from 12xAM (https://spoti.fi/2RftVWi).Resources:NOVID: https://www.novid.org/#topNOVID iOS App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/novid/id1508029182NOVID Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.expii.novid&pcampaignid=pcampaignidMKT-Other-global-all-co-prtnr-py-PartBadge-Mar2515-1Shehzan’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shehzan_maredia1729/?hl=enNOVID Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/novidappNOVID Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/novid_app/?hl=enNOVID Twitter: https://twitter.com/NOVIDApp
Sophie Riegel discusses her personal experience with mental health and how it has contributed to her passion for mental health advocacy. This episode is produced by Anish Kottu, Hamza Mohamoud, Sophie Carroll, and Arjun Yagnamurthy, featuring music from 12xAM (https://spoti.fi/2RftVWi).Resources:Sophie's website: https://sophieriegel.com/Sophie's first book, Don't Tell Me to Relax! : https://sophieriegel.com/us-%2B-canada-shippingSophie's second book, Overcoming Overthinking: https://websites.godaddy.com/en-US/editor/6873fd2f-7554-4a4d-81dc-d029231e310a/cd3c7a73-1944-4a11-9f2d-235e7f18bb34/edit/30e8f1e0-387f-468c-88ad-5c7f4873c1e5/mutator/card/0#Her Ted Talk: https://youtu.be/s8VJuPNXpd8Sophie on the Tamron Hall show: https://abc11.com/video/embed/?pid=6081449&fbclid=IwAR1LeWDB_VMy8eBuVcKuHMsirBXX25qyiFx9SuZnLEfQkzAOD3h_9riMs9Q
Co-host Hamza Mohamoud talks about his struggles with speaking, and why he decided to join this podcast. This podcast is hosted by Anish Kottu and Hamza Mohamoud, produced by Sophie Carroll, and edited by Arjun Yagnamurthy.
Jamal Burns reflects on the structural inequalities that black communities experience in public and higher education. This episode is hosted by Anish Kottu and Hamza Mohamoud, produced by Arya Krishnan and Sophie Carroll, and edited by Arjun Yagnamurthy, featuring music from 12xAM (https://spoti.fi/2RftVWi).
Alex Leo-Guerra, AKA @Burgerchild, discusses his love of burgers, and how he turned his passion for food into a successful social media brand. This episode is hosted by Anish Kottu and Hamza Mohamoud, produced by Arya Krishnan and Sophie Carroll, and edited by Arjun Yagnamurthy, featuring music from 12xAM (https://spoti.fi/2RftVWi).Links:Alex's Instagram, @burgerchild: https://www.instagram.com/burgerchild/?hl=enAlex's TedX talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVSbs1Ip2E8&feature=youtu.be
Introducing the first season of The Break, Anish Kottu talks about why he decided to start this podcast, and his journey getting there. This podcast is hosted by Anish Kottu and Hamza Mohamoud, produced by Arya Krishnan and Sophie Carroll, and edited by Arjun Yagnamurthy.
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