“Have you heard about Michelle Yi?” I was at a bar in Chicago with a group of Slalom people when one of them asked if we knew about the woman who just started working at Slalom Atlanta. Word on the street was that she went to college at 13, is a crazy-good violinist, fluent in six languages, and an artificial intelligence guru. I needed more information. So I flew to Atlanta to get to know the woman, the myth, the legend—Michelle Yi.
By Randi Eicher | Photographs by Rachel Shaver
Michelle Yi drives a 2015 Audi R8 V10 Carbon Spyder. Black. Its name is Carbon. I don’t know much about cars, but it looks like a very cool car, and people tell me it’s a very cool car. So cool that when she pulls up in it, it often stops people in their tracks. Who is that?
She also rides a motorcycle. And plays violin in a string quartet at a homeless shelter every Sunday. And, by the way, used to play in the New York Philharmonic. And has serious technical chops in machine learning. And volunteers with Girls Who Code every week. And is a marathon runner. And speaks Korean, English, Spanish, Chinese—and, oh yeah, Japanese and Russian.