Another good book on BitCoin, Blockchain

November 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Great book on BitCoin and Blockchain that does a really nice job of explaining the fundamentals in a clear yet comprehensive way.

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It’s a simpler read than the one that I mentioned before. Apparently there’s a new one scheduled to be published in March 2017. Definitely worth a read.

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Funny: A consultant’s prayer

November 5, 2016 Leave a comment

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Another funny one from the New Yorker

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Startup Yoda: The man behind Y Combinator

October 10, 2016 Leave a comment

Another good article from the New Yorker, this time about Sam Altman, the head of Y Combinator. It’s full of great quotes and numbers, including:

  • 13k software companies applied to YC this year; ~240 get in (2x harder than Stanford)
  • Collectively, YC companies are worth $80B (5x growth in last 5 years).
  • A quote from a slide titled: “VCs: Soulless Agents of Satan or Just Clumsy Rapists”

Well worth the read.

 

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The anti-Uber

October 9, 2016 Leave a comment

Nice little article in the New Yorker this week about a company, Juno, that’s trying to take on Uber, by essentially treating its drivers better: 10% commission instead of ~25% and a opportunity for the drivers to take a stake in the company.

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Right now it just operates in NYC. Worth a quick read.

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Uber domination

September 7, 2016 Leave a comment

The Economist had a nice article on Uber this week and how it’s poised for world domination.

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Apparently, it now operates in 72 countries, 425 cities, with an estimated revenue of ~$4B/year. However, most of Uber’s bookings are just made in 20 of those 425 cities. Worth a quick scan.

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Good book on BitCoin, Blockchain

September 7, 2016 Leave a comment

For those that are tired of having just a surface level understanding of BitCoin and BlockChain, one could do worse than read a new book by academics at Princeton.

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It doesn’t dumb anything down, but at the same time the authors try to explain things in a relatively clear way. And as you can see from the table of contents, it’s pretty comprehensive. (If you don’t want to buy the book, apparently there’s a freely available PDF here. If you don’t want to read, the video lectures are here )

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Refresher on AI – history and future

August 14, 2016 Leave a comment

The Economist has a nice special report on AI – both a little history and its implications here. A couple of titbits caught my eye:

  • “Instead of people writing software, we have data writing software”
  • It was not till 2012 that deep learning came to fore
  • Only 0.5% of American workers are employed in industries that emerged since 2000
  • A Japanese firm is selling weird looking goggles to help thwart facial recognition systems

Well worth the read.

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