Jul 2, 2020
Dr. Shiri Dori-Hacohen – Controversy Detection in Social Media #70
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Welcome to another episode of Develomentor. Today's guest is Dr. Shiri Dori-Hacohen

Dr. Shiri Dori-Hacohen is the CEO & founder of AuCoDe, an AI-based FinTech startup that detects online and social media controversy. (Controversy Detection).

She has fifteen years of academic and industry experience, including Google and Facebook. She received her M.Sc. and B.Sc. (cum laude) at the University of Haifa in Israel and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she researched computational models of controversy. 

Dr. Dori-Hacohen is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2011 Google Lime Scholarship and first place at the 2016 UMass Amherst’s Innovation Challenge. She is married with two kids; identifies as a person with disabilities; and has taken an active leadership role in broadening participation in Computer Science on a local and global scale.

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Episode Summary

“I could go to Israel and get my entire undergraduate (degree) for the cost of 1 year at a public school in the states.”

“Part of what was fun for me in opening a startup was this steep learning curve of all the stuff about business that I didn’t know anything about and then bringing that together with my technical experience.” 

“I’m also the technical co-founder. So I definitely get my hands dirty with the technical work. But my main role is to raise money so that everyone else in the company can get their job done.”

—Dr. Shiri Dori-Hacohen

Key Milestones

  1. Shiri went to school in both America and Israel. What was it like having academic parents?
  2. Why did Shiri decide to get her undergraduate degree in Israel instead of sticking around in the US?
  3. Shiri was working in industry after getting her master’s degree, Why did she end up pursuing a PhD?
  4. When did tech become dominated by men? 
  5. What is AuCode and what inspired Shiri to start her own company?

Additional Resources

Do you have many passions and don’t just want to pick one? Check out Renaissance Souls –

Learn more about automated controversy detection and Shiri’s company –

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway: How to Turn Your Fear and Indecision into Confidence and Action – By Susan Jeffers

The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup – by Noam Wasserman

Check out Ramit Sethi’s online courses on business –

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