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No Data, No Personalization

Note: This was originally posted on VentureBeat on 4/30/14, available here. Imagine a phone that knows your tastes, your preferences, and desires, and patterns of behavior. This data about you — personal context — is combined in real-time with the phone’s environment (where it is, adjacent businesses, people, and events; weather, temperature, and pressure; ambient light, radio...

The Four Frictions: Navigating Inefficiencies in Third-Party Data Use

Note: This was originally posted on the O’Reilly Strata Blog on 10/11/13, available here. Incorporating third-party data into your business is always a headache. Issues of format, price, rights, and accessibility consistently introduce inefficiency, slow things down, and generate excess heat, so it’s not inappropriate to refer to them as “frictions.” Using geodata as an exemplar, I’m outlining...

Is That a Fact?

One of the product management interview questions I’ve been asking of recent is this: “how tall was Napoleon?” The question requires a prop - a print out of search results for how tall was napoleon. There are a couple assumptions I ask candidates to make. First, that his height is one of many that I want...

How to Hack Jet Lag with 4 Simple Tools

A while back I traveled to China to visit the Factual offices in Shanghai. There was an 8 hour time difference and from experience I knew that can induce some serious jet lag. Shortly before the trip to China I had read about a study at the Harvard Medical School suggesting that fasting while in transit...

10 Tips for Creating a Great Startup Engineering Culture

Goose: (as Maverick is looking around the room) What are you doing? Maverick: Just wondering who’s the best. Viper: In case some of you are wondering who the best is, they’re up here on this plaque on the wall…(turns to Maverick) Do you think your name’s gonna be on that plaque, Lieutenant? Maverick: Yes, sir. Viper:...