A friend said to me recently – ‘startups need to delight their users, and have an exceptional customer experience’. And that sounds like a trite, and repetitive sentence. But like a lot of cliches in life, it’s true. I was thinking recently about how many experiences I have with companies as a consumer or a… Continue reading Delight your users
I have a small document where I try to weekly write goals and what I’ve achieved. Sometimes I don’t update it, but I reviewed my 2020 version and will try to take out some takeaways. Covid-19 was incredibly disruptive to our lives, but it accelerated ‘digital transformation’ in a number of industries, and we saw… Continue reading Lessons from 2020
I’m an Entrepreneur, and a few years before I officially became one. One of my best friends said to me ‘I’ve always thought you were very entrepreneurial’. I think I shirked away from that. I’ve thought recently about why a I shirked away from that for a few years. I think one reason is that… Continue reading Everything great starts small
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Engineering Leadership. This is a very difficult job for all the reasons that leadership is difficult, management is difficult and that software development is a difficult discipline. For various reasons – we as a species suck at writing software. Writing great software is HARD. Nevertheless we as a… Continue reading Engineering Leadership: Lessons from Rugby
More meetings? At Aflorithmic we recently have been experimenting with Friday Wins. It’s important in a startup to enable the company to build things and talk to customers. This matters a lot to ‘building something people want’. However, I wanted to talk a bit about a meeting style that I’ve found that works pretty well,… Continue reading Friday wins – celebrating shipping and delivery
I’m going to use a bit of a click bait title for this article. But the aim of this article is to share experiences I’ve gathered from about 10 years building ML systems, and building ML teams. Why ML is about more than ML I saw the following tweets by Erik so I’ve added them.… Continue reading Why building ML systems is about more than ML?
My company http://www.aflorithmic.ai recently went through some migrations. There were a few from the easy – moving from python anywhere to AWS Elastic Beanstalk, to the more involved – a big refactoring that involved moving ejecting from Expo. However, I think the lessons apply. Firstly, I’m not an expert. I’ve been involved in migrations… Continue reading Migrations – or how to fix technical debt
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Disclosure: I’m not really a data scientist these days, I’m a founder of a tech startup (which has a core AI component). These are my unfair, biased, and prejudiced views based on experience of being a professional data scientist for something like a decade. So firstly, I think it’s worth declaring that machine learning and… Continue reading How can Data Scientists survive layoffs?