September 13, 2014

Learning about Big Data

The emerging field of big data is being hyped everywhere. I too, am pretty excited about what is happening and even more excited about the potential it represents. The big data movement is primarily about leveraging unusually large amounts of data in a way to make better decisions.

Some of the more notable examples being referred to include Moneyball, where the data showed that on-base percentage was a better predictor of runs, then the traditional batting average in Major League Baseball and the NetFlix competition for a movie recommendation system and similarly Amazon’s website.  Others that may not be as notable, such as IBMs work with a beverage retailer that looked at hyper local events (social media postings about soccer practice ending), the weather (sales above 70 degrees), and other relative data points. In this case they analyzed over a billion points of data that could potentially impact consumer behavior.

Today, there is more and more investment in capturing and analyzing data. Communities like these are getting more popular.  These are interesting times.      

July 27, 2013

You've Got Mail, A Business Model?

I tend to have a lot of business ideas, some good, some not so marketable.  For example, I once thought of an idea to create a bar or restaurant built around a go-cart track where patrons were able to drink and drive. Think about racing a go-cart around a track after having a few drinks, your friends cheering you on... anyway... I don't drink or would ever encourage folks to drink so I'll probably leave that to someone else... 

My latest business idea is one on a much smaller scale, but I think it is a real problem.  Most enterprises won't let you enable your work email on your personal phone citing security issues.  So that forces many of us to carry two phones. Yuck.  

However, most still allow access through their email service web access. So, you can browse your work email through the browser on your smartphone and still be within your company's security policy.  The downside to going through the browser is there is no alerts to know if "You've Got Mail".  It takes time to go through the login process just to see if you have new emails.

I think an iphone/android app be created that could connect to an enterprise email service and just get the meta-data of an email. name, time, unread.... and that is it.  It can't access any additional information. 

I guess providing your credentials to the service would be the problem. Maybe you could leverage some type of single-sign-on solution. I'm not sure.

I would get that app. so I could go to the go-cart racing bar with just a single phone and still get a ping when my boss had sent out a weekend update.

October 5, 2012

Kahn at Google

Great video of Salmon Kahn talk about his Khan Academy and his thoughts on education as a whole.  I that it was interesting to hear his thoughts on credentialing.

October 5, 2011

Thanks Steve


Not that I will have anything to add to the news that Steve Jobs has passed away, but I will say that I certainly admired his passion from afar. Many times, as an entrepreneur I turned to Apple to look at how they did it, and made myself determined that this was the standard I wanted to set. I wanted to make something that people would be passionate about, something that was better then anything they could have asked for or even known that they wanted. I rarely achieved, let alone hit that standard time and again.

I am so impressed with the commitment to excellence.

Thanks, Steve.

August 2, 2011

Using the new MacBook Air

I made the jump and spent money that has taken me years to save and bought the new 13" MacBook Air.  After two days.... I love it.  It is so nice.  Of course the form factor is great and the new Lion OS is really nice. I have been downloading Mac Apps and Chrome Apps and podcasts.

It is so thin, I slid it into my laptop case, with the other monster Dell laptop already in there.  This is the first "personal" laptop I have bought for myself in over 12 years, because I always get them through work.

Also a quick note on the Apple Store experience, it is amazing. I just spent the last 6 to 7 months working on  a customer service training project and let me tell you, Apple has it down.  We spent hours just talking through the new features of Lion.

I really hope that this laptop will allow me to get back to writing and even allow me to start programming. I want to create web content and build my own apps one day.

So, I am an Apple fanboy. Always have been.  And with cool technology like this.... always will be.

May 24, 2011

All about Dynamic Views for Readers - Blogger Help

All about Dynamic Views for Readers - Blogger Help

The Dynamic Views in Blogger is really cool. I don't know if it is new, but it let's you have an overview of blog content.

July 1, 2010

Great Animation on Motivation

This video is going round the web, but very interesting.

The message is that higher incentives lead to poorer performance on even basic cognitive tasks. Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose lead to better performance, once you take the issue of money off the table.

RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

The main point is to think about how you can provide your team with more autonomy, more time to achieve mastery on specific skills, and provide everyone with a clear purpose.

UPDATE: Check out this long and interesting post from Michael Feldstein Sakai Conference: Kamenetz Keynote He takes the ideas from a keynote from Anya Kamenetz at the Sakai Conference and compares them to Dan Pink's ideas.  There is a lot of information here, but some interesting things to consider if you are familiar or have time to go through them.