Enterprise: Make AI your Adamantium

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“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” — Warren Buffett. Road tested learnings from running Seldn, an AI startup. For the genesis of this series, read this. My dear enterprise, for your artificial intelligence (AI) strategy, look to Warren Buffet circa 1965. Shortly after publishing ‘AI Startups: Be Goldilocks’ several companies have been reaching out to XLabs with a …

Artificial Intelligence: Be Goldilocks

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Every story has a moral you just need to be clever enough to find it. — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. Road tested learnings from running Seldn, an artificial intelligence (AI) startup. Read about the genesis of this series here. The Goldilocks Offering Not too low; not too high; your product’s value needs to be just right. Enterprise sales are …

Lessons from an AI startup: Seldn.ai

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‘In a lot of ways, his failures were more wonderful than his successes.’ — G. Hardy on mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (For a brief intro to the Seldn series, read this introduction). Between 2014–2016, I ran an ambitious predictive artificial intelligence (AI) startup Seldn (yes, named after Asimov’s hero). 5 highly distilled key learnings from that adventure follow. These lessons …

Seldn is dead. Long live Seldn!

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The story of an artificial intelligence (AI) startup from Silicon Valley. In early 2014, my cofounder Travis Dirks and I started Seldn — an artificial intelligence (AI) startup based in Palo Alto, Ca. Back then, there were no big waves in AI. Only whispers. My 6 months of globe trotting had just exposed me to some of the most violent …

Data Science MUST Grow Up

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Here is How Data science is evolving from a kludgy mess held together by spit, tape and constant effort, into something better. However, there are some fundamental problems at it’s heart that MUST change in order for the field to fulfill its promise of wresting understanding from the ever expanding universe of data we create. For the past 3 years, …

Short Skirts & Thriller Economics

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Want to be setting the next fashion trends? Just look at the Dow Jones!  Hemlines appear to be rather correlated to economic cycles – inching higher with booms and draping low during the busts.  Presented as a theory in 1926 by George Taylor, the hemline index has often been tested. In its most recent phase (2010), researchers in the Netherlands quantified the correlation: a …

Moore’s Law: Resurrected by Marketing

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Moore’s law has become a sort of mystical talisman in the computing industry. Every few months there is a new round of articles arguing about whether and when Moore’s law will end. In fact, it was only in 2005 when Moore himself finally came out and admitted that his namesake would eventually end. This is puzzling because 1) it was, …

An Activist Investor Walked into Apple

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The low-down on what Carl Icahn, an Activist Investor, is trying to do at Apple.  ‘Big’ must naturally go with ‘Apple’. With more than 900 million shares trading on NASDAQ, at times with over 50 million per day, calling Apple popular is an understatement.  From hedge fund managers and analysts to iPhone owners, diverse investor groups profess an unconditional love …

The Turing Trifecta

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We are right in the middle of the Shiny-Tech Information Age.  And if there is one person we can thank, the credit goes to the legendary Alan Turing  – the father of computing.  I don’t use the word legendary lightly. Turing’s first claim to fame was during the height of World War II when he saved millions of  lives by breaking …