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5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do Apr 1, 2019 Education & Children & thoughts Understanding how adults and children learn is something I’ve been interested in ever since I became a Dad. My wife and I stay heavily invested in The Pyschology of Writing Mar 29, 2019 Writing & thoughts I found this interesting article on Pocket about writing. The gist of it is that successful writing is about rituals. Every writer is different and Making AI Happen Without Getting Fired Feb 21, 2019 H2O.ai & AI & Business & thoughts From H2O.ai I watched Mike Gualtieri’s keynote presentation from H2O World San Francisco (2019) and found it to be very insightful from a Latest Musings from a Traveling Sales Engineer Feb 17, 2019 Sales & thoughts Writers gonna write! February is shaping up to be a big traveling month for me. I was in Mountain View at the end of January for Sales Kick Off and Why Forex Trading is Frustrating Jan 28, 2019 Forex & thoughts Or rather, why Forex trading is frustrating at a bucket shop like Oanda. I really don’t know which is the right statement to make because I can’t Functional Programming in Python Jan 13, 2019 Python & Automation & Programming & thoughts I’m spending time trying to understand the differences between writing classes and functions in Python. Which one is better and why? From what I’m Ray Dalio's Pure Alpha Fund Jan 7, 2019 Investing & Automation & thoughts Ray Dalio’s Pure Alpha Fund returned 14.6% for 2018. That’s an amazing feat considering the majority of hedge funds averaged a loss of 6.7%. How House Buying Guide for Millennials Dec 15, 2018 Investing & Real Estate & thoughts I’ve been thinking of writing a no-nonsense house buying guide for Millennials. I want to share my experiences and expertise in the engineering Makers vs Takers Dec 1, 2018 Makers & thoughts The best startups have a ‘Do It Yourself’ attitude. When a problem arises, no one get’s assigned the task to solve it. The team jumps right in and How Passive Investing Saved My Life Nov 29, 2018 Passive Investing & Retirement & Life Goals & thoughts Passive investing saved my life in many ways, but not in the way you think. It didn’t swing from the trees like Tarzan and snatch me away from a Startups and Open Source Nov 27, 2018 Open Source & Startups & thoughts This is my third startup. Or maybe my fourth, I’m not sure but it gets hazy after a while. What I do know is that if I ever do another startup, The Process of Writing Nov 24, 2018 Writing & thoughts Writing. I have such a love hate relationship with it. I try to write things of interest to my readers but I’m struggling to reconcile what to Ray Dalio's Pure Alpha Fund Nov 20, 2018 Investing & Automation & thoughts Ray Dalio’s Pure Alpha Fund returned 14.6% for 2018. That’s an amazing feat considering the majority of hedge funds averaged a loss of 6.7%. How Living the Dream? Nov 14, 2018 Personal & thoughts I’m going to preface this post by saying that lately I’ve been pretty emotional. I’m not sure why, but perhaps it has to do with the fact that in a Humility and Equanimity in Sales Nov 3, 2018 Sales & Life & thoughts Dear Friend, I’ve been meaning to write about the importance humility and equanimity in sales. From my personal past observations, it seems these Open Source Oct 22, 2018 H2O.ai & Open Source & thoughts Dear Friend, I’ve been think a lot about open source lately. I’ve also been thinking of closed source and open core too. All those words. What Why I Left RapidMiner Sep 21, 2018 RapidMiner & thoughts For those that are wondering why I left RapidMiner, my dream job, there are no gory details to share. The simple reason is I got burnt out. My Millennials are Bailing on their jobs Sep 6, 2018 Jobs & thoughts I find this somewhat older post fascinating. It would appear that more and more millennials are waking up and realizing that there’s more to life Automation-Jobs-Likely-to-be-Automated Jun 25, 2018 thoughts automation-jobs-likely-to-be-automated VC's Killing Startups Jun 14, 2018 Startups & thoughts While VC’s are a necessary part of growing a startup, they can kill it too. I’ve seen this happen too many times where the VC’s kill the goose that Groovy vs Clojure vs Julia May 28, 2018 Groovy & Clogure & Julia & thoughts Everyone will say “learn java” instead but I really like the speed of these scripting languages. They’re like duct tape, can be used to get finish Google Duplex and Google Assistant May 9, 2018 Google & Deep Learning & NLP & thoughts File this under damn cool! This feature alone would lead me to consider ditching my Alexa and iPhone for a Google Home and Android phone. I’m so My Chinese Big Brother - Part 2 Apr 19, 2018 China & thoughts Chinese Flag Coming on the heels of “I told you so,” China is using facial recognition to make sure you’re a good Chinese citizen. Authorities in The Millennial Generation Apr 12, 2018 thoughts Good Morning, my name is Tom and I love the Millennial generation. I don’t love everyone or everything about them, but I love what they will become. Jupyter Notebooks Everywhere Nov 8, 2017 Programming & Python & thoughts It would appear that many of the cloud providers are now leveraging Jupyter Notebooks. I predominately use them with Python (3.6+) and Julia but The Rise of Machine Learning Trading Oct 24, 2017 Trading & Machine Learning & thoughts This is huge if you ask me. First it was roboadvisers and now the machines are going to take over trading. The machine learning agent found and Product Qualified Lead Model - The Review Aug 25, 2017 PQL & Data Science & thoughts One of the big corporate strategy things I worked on was developing and putting into production a PQL model. It was essentially a propensity to buy Correlation can imply Casuality if Aug 23, 2017 thoughts The ever famous correlaton doesn’t imply causality, but does it in certain conditions? Interesting video on the causal networks! What works; What Doesn't Work Aug 19, 2017 Startups & Thoughts & thoughts An important lesson I’ve learned while working at a Startup is to do more of what works and jettison what doesn’t work, quickly. That’s the way to Keras and NLTK Aug 15, 2017 Data Science & Deep Learning & Keras & NLTK & Python & Text Analytics & Text Mining & Thoughts & machine learning I’ve been doing a lot more Python hacking, especially around text mining and using the deep learning library Keras and NLTK. Normally I’d do most of Is it Possible to Automate Data Science? Jul 10, 2017 Automation & Data Science & RapidMiner & Thoughts & machine learning A few months ago I read about a programmer that automated his job down to the point where the coffee machine would make him lattes! Despite the I question whether Amazon is sustainable Jun 22, 2017 AMZN & thoughts There’s a lot of activity around $AMZN buying Whole Foods right now. I have a very small position in Amazon and I agree that this is a great Data Science Helps Us Ask the Right Questions Jun 21, 2017 Science & thoughts We all do Data Science on a daily basis but sometimes we forget why we’re really doing it. It’s not to spend hours coding but rather it’s to answer Millennials can't catch a break Jun 19, 2017 AI & Entrepreneurship & Millennials & Thoughts & thoughts This is just nuts. Millennials just can’t seem to catch a break. Now AI is coming for their jobs. Research released by Gallup on Thursday indicates Steve Jobs Knows Content Jun 19, 2017 thoughts Here’s why many Engineering companies earn low margins and why some companies get big and bloated. “People get confused. Companies get confused.” How to Start a Startup Jun 8, 2017 thoughts how to start a startup The Blockchain is Rife for Innovation Jun 1, 2017 Innovation & Disruption & thoughts I just saw a post about Civic.com from Howard’s blog. It’s one of his angel investments that’s offering a crowd sourcing event to raise money. It’s Startup Funding May 12, 2017 Startups & Funding & Money & thoughts suddenly all the rage The above image from FundersandFounders.com really captures a successful startup from inception to IPO. Most Advice from a Venture Capitialist May 6, 2017 Venture Capital & Startup Funding & Money & thoughts HowardFredHoward’s blog What caught my ear (and Howard’s too) was how his wife (Gotham Girl) is his biggest cheerleader. What does he exactly mean MQL's continue to die and PQL's grow Mar 1, 2017 Marketing & Sales & PQL & MQL & thoughts It would appear that the death of MQL’s is gaining steam. PQL’s seem to be all the rage now. Many of the fastest growing SaaS teams over the last Big Data and Infrastructure Feb 7, 2017 Big Data & Hadoop & thoughts I have a daily downtime routine. Every evening I set aside about a hour and think. I sit or walk around the house and ruminate about all sorts of Machine Learning on a Raspberry Pi Jan 27, 2017 Machine Learning & Maker & Raspberry Pi & Startups & Tinker & thoughts It looks like Google is catching up to the idea of machine learning on a Raspberry Pi! Someone put RapidMiner on a Pi back in 2013 but it was slow The Freemium Devil Dec 11, 2016 Marketing & Sales & Venture Capital & thoughts I recently read a great article on the Freemium model that resonated with me. It kept me thinking for several days afterwards about how some My Chinese Big Brother Oct 22, 2016 China & thoughts One of my Asian friends recently posted a link to a terrifying use of Machine Learning. This is what I call the “dark side” of this field, the use Street Photography and Startups Sep 7, 2016 Street Photography & Life Lessons & thoughts If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’d know that RapidMiner isn’t the first Startup I’ve worked for. My first one was straight out school for America Is Great Aug 17, 2016 America & thoughts First off this is not a political post but I will come out and say it. Make America Great Again is a stupid slogan. I admit there are problems with Your Digital Profile Jun 3, 2016 Blogging & Internet & Profile & LinkedIn & Marketing & thoughts I think it was back in 2010 when I met up with an old high school classmate. Let’s call her “T,” and she was in between marketing jobs. I reached Got MBA? Buy ~~that~~ the Right Business! Apr 4, 2016 Startup & MBA & Business & Entrepreneurship & thoughts Brian tweeted an interesting link the other day about a new trend that HBR picked up on. It was about newly minted MBA graduates buying existing Taxis v2.0 Mar 31, 2016 Startup & Venture Capital & thoughts I’m completely boggled by the vast amounts of money that’s looking to be invested. It’s been finding homes in Startups from AirBnB to Domo and Uber. Who has the biggest...raise? Mar 29, 2016 Domo & Slack & Tableau & Startup & Venture Capital & IPO & thoughts Venture Beat had an interesting article about Domo’s recent raise, Tableaus’s disappointing market guidance, and Slack raising $ to a possible $5 It's the Blockchain, stupid. Mar 28, 2016 Bitcoin & Blockchain & Startup & thoughts I’ve been a big fan of Bitcoin for a while and the potential for a true digital currency, but lately it’s been having problems. Some prominent Coffee Flavored Hadoop Mar 25, 2016 Hadoop & Coffee & thoughts And for today’s nerd humor of the day, a coffee flavored version of Hadoop. In German no less. I just discovered a German coffee version of Domo: We Didn't Need the Money Mar 24, 2016 Domo & Startup & Venture Capital & Slack & thoughts If you work at a startup eventually some of your colleagues will leave for another startup. Some of my old colleagues are now at startups like Fuze, On Self Reliance Mar 14, 2016 Personal & Philosophy & Career Advice & New Mexico & Life Lessons & thoughts In 1994 I moved to Albuquerque. I had just graduated with my engineering degree and was offered an entry level position at a firm out there. I What does Value mean? Mar 8, 2016 Sales & Marketing & Value & thoughts Last week I shared a few thoughts around what it takes to be a Sales Engineer in a high tech startup. My last thought, around understanding value, A day in the Life of a Sales Engineer Mar 2, 2016 Sales & Pre-sales & Marketing & Career & thoughts If you asked me 2 years ago if I’d be working in Sales at a high tech startup, I’d say you were nuts! Fast forward to today and that’s exactly what The Medium is the Message Feb 22, 2016 Marketing & Sales & thoughts The one thing that is as important as your product is your messaging about it. In some ways, messaging is more powerful because if no one knows how The Ebb and Flow of Everything Feb 15, 2016 Blogging & thoughts If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog, you’d know that it’s been through many transformations. I’ve rambled on from Forex trading, to Churn Models, Cable TV, and My Wife Dec 29, 2014 Personal & thoughts Churn models are not new in the analytics world, they’re heavily used by mobile telcos and other corporations that want to keep their loyal Wearable Technology - Part 2 Jun 10, 2014 thoughts Some stats from my fibit: Walked 224,000 steps in the past 21 days, avg 10,600+ steps a day. Walked 73,257 steps in the past 7 days (33.59 Wearable Technology May 23, 2014 thoughts I recently bought a wearable health monitoring device (Fitbit) so I can see how much of a slug I am. This all started when a co-worker of mine The Power of Tinkering Jan 9, 2014 Tinkering & Experimenting & thoughts I finally got my Personal Weather Station (PWS) to upload current weather data to Wunderground1 last night. You have no idea how happy this made me,