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Emily Ochoa
I am a startup executive and freelance writer based in London, where I currently serve as Chief of Staff at Eigen Technologies, a document AI company. Many things about my path look accidental: I’m an American in the UK (previously France), an English major in the tech ecosystem, and a thinker in a world that often prizes action without reflection. Among the stronger currents that have pushed me here are my interests in the social and psychological dynamics of work, in the implicit values that shape what we build in the world, and in how gender is woven into the fabric of our lives. I’ve spent most of my adult life within Europe’s gravitational field, in both pre- and post-Brexit Britain, and I remain hopeful that Europe will continue to carve out positive liberties for individuals in an unforgiving world.

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The Unseen Costs of Swiping Right in Our Meritocracy

“He’s cute and he went to Yale? You should go for it.” I’m outside a wine bar on a rare sunny afternoon in South London, listening to a friend recount his interest in a man he met at a friend’s