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  • “You don’t start a startup to be rich,” he writes.

     

    “You do it because it’s an avenue for a normal person like yourself to take a turn at being wildly creative.

     

    “Money is good, but it’s not the reason to do anything”

  • “When you first are working on an idea, choose the technology that you know in order to get to an MVP or prototype,” he says.

     

    “Once you start to see some traction and a good product fit, then you really have to start looking at technology that can scale with you and scale with your company.

  • Both TAG and Betswaps were successful on the day because they had the basic ingredients to succeed: A compelling offering, good business acumen and a passion for their venture.

     

    It’s important to stick to your guns and have a clear plan when negotiating – always have a bottom-line, middle and walkaway point. Otherwise you might give up too much equity and live to regret it

  • I pulled the plug on Backpack because I wasn’t doing it for myself anymore.
  • I didn’t even know what I was selling anymore.
  • My time was being spent developing B2B relationships that I hated working on and trying to deliver value to stakeholders that I share zero empathy with.

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  • What is it connected to? Try it on yourself. What people, ideas, experiences, and connections shape who you are? Are the ties that define the company where you work the right ones?
  • But now what matters is: What can you pull on? What ways do you have to spread an idea, a business insight, a product? What you’re connected to decides how strong you are. It marks your vulnerabilities as well: Connect to a company or a market that is fragile, insecure or backwards and you inherit all their vulnerabilities. Once you make a leap to seeing the world this way, nothing looks the same.
  • “What connections are at play here?”

  • “The U.S. health system is moving to the practice of precision medicine because the current model of healthcare is unsustainable. This creates a significant opportunity for both Orion Health and Cognizant to bring innovative solutions to the market.”
May 22, 16

"Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but the trend of learners educating themselves is on a continuous upward movement. The reasons may include freedom to choose, no fear of questions being asked, learning at one's own pace and place, absorbing at one's own capacity and much more. The self-learning trend has been empowered by cutting edge educational technology innovation."

  • Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but the trend of learners educating themselves is on a continuous upward movement. The reasons may include freedom to choose, no fear of questions being asked, learning at one's own pace and place, absorbing at one's own capacity and much more. The self-learning trend has been empowered by cutting edge educational technology innovation.

  • I've used this technique with a couple of clients. After we've discovered the main customer pain points, and create a list of all processes that might impact on those pain points, I get a large piece of paper, and write the processes in one column on the left, and the pain points in one column on the right.

  • ACID”: Algorithm, Cloud, IoT, and Data.
  • Sirosh said that the manual management of business processes will become “antiquated” as technology starts managing this at scale. “Everything at scale in this world will be managed by algorithms and data,” he said. Sirosh added that there’s a need for effective platforms for managing these algorithmic businesses. He also talked about the importance of programming languages like “R.”
  • While growing up in India, Sirosh said he would buy cloth by the yard and have a tailor measure his body size. He’d then receive fitted clothes a few weeks later. Today, he noted how this isn’t common because the mass manufacturing of clothing has become so automated and cheap.

     

    “Analytics and data science today are like tailoring 40 years ago … it takes a long time and a tremendous amount of effort,” he said. “… A big part of the future of machine learning is going to be like clothing today. When the effort to build and deploy machine learning models becomes a lot less — when you can ‘mass manufacture’ it — then the data to do that becomes widely available in the cloud. We’re going to have a cloud platform that’s like a department store.”

     

    Sirosh said that as the effort to build and deploy machine learning models becomes easier, we’ll have huge app store-like marketplaces — to his analogy, “department stores” — for APIs and applications that can be used to build software to help automate more processes.

  • With social media platforms emerging as the most important tools for internet marketers, the concept of an article, image, or video going “viral” has become the Holy Grail for retailers and their advertising departments. Unfortunately for creative agencies, there is no formula to ensure that your content spreads across the Internet like wildfire. Many marketers feel as if their work is like running experiments in a Petri dish: checking to see what results in growth and what does not. However, it isn’t just luck that determines whose advertisements get shared and whose get ignored; there are a few techniques that will increase the likelihood that your promotions catch on with a wide collection of users.

  • The point is not to develop well roundedness, nor is it to develop expertise in a new area. The point is to get in the habit of expanding your perspective and expanding your life. It’s to practice constantly engaging in anything that that forces you away from the constraints that come from living as a singular, authentic self. You’re opening yourself up to living life as a series of breaks: breaks from your true feelings, your true interests, your true strengths.

     

    The end result of all of this? As you cultivate your ability to break from yourself, you will continue to grow and change. As you cultivate your goodness, it slowly becomes second nature and radiates outward. Your kindness, rooted in the mundane and everyday, extends from the family and friends around you to town, region, nation, world. 

  • The point is not to develop well roundedness, nor is it to develop expertise in a new area. The point is to get in the habit of expanding your perspective and expanding your life. It’s to practice constantly engaging in anything that that forces you away from the constraints that come from living as a singular, authentic self. You’re opening yourself up to living life as a series of breaks: breaks from your true feelings, your true interests, your true strengths.
  • As you cultivate your ability to break from yourself, you will continue to grow and change. As you cultivate your goodness, it slowly becomes second nature and radiates outward. Your kindness, rooted in the mundane and everyday, extends from the family and friends around you to town, region, nation, world. 

  • Google has a big gift for anyone trying to fulfill the promise of artificial intelligence: software that helps computers understand human speech and text.

    The parser software, called SyntaxNet, breaks sentences down into components to better understand the meaning of words -- a boon to AI developers trying to get computers to grok natural language. On Thursday, SyntaxNet became open-source software so anyone can use it for free and modify it however they want.

  • “Adaptive learning” is a popular edtech buzzword, used by curriculum and learning management systems alike. Enthusiasts promise this technology has the ability to make educational experiences more personal, efficient and scalable.
  • Adaptive learning is an education technology that can respond to a student's interactions in real-time by automatically providing the student with individual support.
  • After a deep dive into 22 of these tools, we noticed there are three different ways that tools can adapt or respond to a learner in real-time: by changing the content, the assessment items, or the sequencing of the material.

  • There are three critical forces that must be managed as the future of AIEd emerges: involving teachers, students, and parents in co-designing new tools so that AIEd addresses real needs of the classroom and other learning environments; embedding proven pedagogical techniques in the design of new AIEd-powered edtech products; and creating smart demand for commercial grade AIEd products that work.

  • I coined the phrase ‘screw it, let’s do it’ and there’s no doubt that can get you into a lot of trouble, but it’s a lot more fun than saying no. My biggest fear in life is saying no and then going onto regret it. So with that in mind I go out to say yes to a lot of things in life."
  • "Real leaders will watch their company’s double-bottom line, which means giving back to your community and it will make your company much more successful. I feel really strongly about the fact it’s not just having a company, it’s being able to use it to reach out to people and set a positive example. Leaders need character and integrity, it can take years to build these up but they can be lost quickly."

  • “Additional pressure on people, higher expectations for academic success, new technology…arguably all of this moves things faster where people are communicating being upset or being identified by other people,” he said.

  • University students who present signs of depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation often cite academic stress as a leading cause. In a study conducted by Furr et al., (2001)
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