Zain Merchant

I am currently a junior at the University of Southern California studying Computer Science.

I'm currently leading a research project with the GLAMOR (Grounding Language in Actions, Multimodal Observations and Robots) Lab at USC on a machine learning project to help the visually impaired. I'm also a machine learning and software engineering intern at HWL, a healthcare-based SAAS company.

Previously, I worked with Jason Calacanis and LAUNCH on creating a searchable podcast archive (a job I got through a tweet). I was a software engineering intern at Concord Materials (YC S21). I also did research with The Interaction Lab at USC. In high school I launched a mobile app called Kindness Wins All which got 1k+ installs. In marketing the app, my social media posts got over 1m+ views organically. I also started a website consulting business in middle school where I completed several commercial projects successfully. When I was 13, I launched a mobile app to the Google Play Store, which got 10k+ installs.

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