Sang Chi

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13 Mental Models Every Founder Should Know

Mental models are to your brain as apps are to your smartphone. Just like apps, there are a ton of mental models. They help you make decisions, solve …

Charlie Munger

These are the Key Points of the Bauhaus Manifesto

A German architect <b>Walter Gropius</b> created the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1919, from the merger of the Grand Ducal Saxonian School of Arts and Crafts and the …

Art

Real-estate experts say these will be the 10 hottest US neighborhoods in 2016

Where will American homebuyers turn in 2016?<p>According to real estate website Redfin, which releases an annual list of the hottest neighborhoods nationwide, buyers will be prioritizing affordability, charm, and access to public transportation in 2016. The emphasis on affordability explains why the …

Real Estate

Process as always.

Understanding Consensus and Paxos in Distributed Systems

Computers can sometimes be unexpectedly tricky. Having them accomplish seemingly rudimentary tasks can be a lot more complicated than we would …

Distributed Systems

The Secret History of Bioluminescence

In the late 1990s, marine biologist Steven Haddock paid a visit to fellow scientist Osamu Shimomura at his laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. …

Biology

What Was the Greatest Era for American Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour

We’re in the golden age of innovation, an era in which digital technology is transforming the underpinnings of human existence. Or so a techno-optimist might argue.<p>We’re in a depressing era in which innovation has slowed and living standards are barely rising. That’s what some skeptical economists …

Problem-solving

The Good, Bad & Ugly of Tensorflow

A survey of six months rapid evolution (+ tips/hacks and code to fix the ugly stuff)<p>We’ve been using TensorFlow in daily research and engineering …

Machine Learning

Silicon Valley's Venture Capitalists Are Raising Money to Protect Their Unicorns

VC cash isn’t flowing to new ventures.<p>Venture capitalists are raising money at the fastest rate in a decade, raking in about $13 billion in the first quarter of 2016.<p>But much of that cash won’t flow into new startups anytime soon. Rather, venture firms are bracing for a downturn and boosting …

Silicon Valley

Local and Global: Words and Topics

Word2Vec has hit the NLP world for a while, as it is a nice method for word embeddings or word representations. Its use of skip-gram model and deep …

Vocabulary

Silicon Valley's office market could get crushed by a tech slowdown

Apple shares have plunged 32% from June last year, and $282 billion in shareholder wealth has evaporated, on swooning sales and crummy data from suppliers. Today shares fell briefly below $90 for the first time since June 2014. But still, Apple’s market capitalization is about $507 billion. And …

Silicon Valley

The Partnership Between Colleges and Helicopter Parents

Many public universities now rely heavily on parents—particularly those with money, time, and connections—to meet their basic needs.<p>A few days after dropping off her youngest child at college, Andrea got a phone call. The wounds in her daughter’s mouth from a recent wisdom-tooth surgery had gone …

Helicopters

After three weeks in China, it's clear Beijing is Silicon Valley's only true competitor

After selling my startup, Shopkick, to SK Planet in 2014, and handing over my CEO role a year later, I packed up my 1- and 3-year-old sons and my wife Angel, and flew to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong for three weeks, hoping to better understand the Chinese startup world and its entrepreneurs and …

Asia

The 7-Move Upper-Body Upgrade

Target your shoulders and upper chest with this V-shape workout<p>The V-shaped torso is a magical thing.<p>Put two guys with the same amount of muscle and fat on their frames next to one another, and the one with the broader shoulders and slimmer waist will <i>always</i> look more athletic.<p>And the wider your …

Health

Here's the Single Most Important Principle of Good Leadership, Summed up in One Sentence

Hint: It's all about doing.<p>For years, I wanted to be the leader.<p>Back in elementary school, I remember being part of a small group of close friends. Every recess, we stuck together. In a world where sticks, stones, <i>and</i> words have the ability to cause pain, there was strength in numbers.<p>And for some …

Leadership

Distributed systems theory for the distributed systems engineer

Gwen Shapira, SA superstar and now full-time engineer at Cloudera, asked a question on Twitter that got me thinking.<p>My response of old might have …

Distributed Systems

Why Angela Duckworth thinks “gritty” leaders are people to emulate

The buzzy concept of "grit" -- made famous by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth, who won a MacArthur Fellowship for her work on the topic and whose TED Talk on it has been viewed more than eight million times -- is most commonly associated with schools.<p>In recent years, …

Leadership

Google is giving away the tool it uses to understand language, Parsey McParseface

Say hello to Parsey McParseface.<p>Yes, to get you to pay attention to what would otherwise be a fairly dense and nerdy thing, Google is using an homage to Boaty McBoatface for one of the software tools it's releasing today. But don't just laugh (or groan) at the name, what Google is giving developers …

Google

The Scala Effect

Tooling in the data science community evolves quickly, and picking the right tool for a job — not to mention a career — can often be divisive. Which …

Scala

This startup has built a community of about 50 million monthly users where 'being smart is cool,' and it just raised $15 million

One of the things Michal Borkowski is most proud of is that his startup, Brainly, has created a place on the internet where being smart is cool.<p>Brainly is a bit like Quora for students, a social network where children and teens come to help one another work through homework problems that are …

Startups

10 Deep Learning Terms Explained in Simple English

Introduction<p>Deep Learning is a new area of Machine Learning research that has been gaining significant media interest owing to the role it is playing …

Artificial Intelligence

The Startup Zeitgeist

Reading applications to Y Combinator is like having access to a crystal ball.<p>Twice per year — once in the winter and once in the spring — thousands …

YCombinator

Science says parents of successful kids have these 13 things in common

Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do awesome things as adults.<p>And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to …

Education

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: 13 startups explain why they failed

You may not know it from the headlines, but most startups fail.<p>Some go out in dramatic implosions that leave people without jobs overnight. Some just face a slow decline until they stop.<p>The reasons startups fail are as varied as what they're working on, but thanks to a new genre of "startup …

Startups

The Superrich Are the First to Sell When Markets go South

How do they know?<p>When the stock market gets rocky, who’s first to sell? According to a new study, it’s the superrich, and that just makes the volatility worse.<p>Researchers from the University of Michigan and Ohio State University analyzed data from 273 million tax returns filed during the Financial …

Markets

The Steroid Era of Startups Is Over — Greylock Perspectives

But What Happens Next?<p>My recent blog post, <i>Why Uber Won — The Startup Steroid Era and the Use of Capital as a Performance Enhancing Drug</i><i>,</i> generated a …

Startups

Gorilla: A fast, scalable, in-memory time series database

Error rates across one of Facebook’s sites were spiking. The problem had first shown up through an automated alert triggered by an in-memory …

Scalability

10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started

When I started my company eight years ago, back when I was a student, I had no idea of the learning curve I would face before I might actually make it. Today, as I continue to run my firm as well as speak to and advise other startups, I continually go back to some of the lessons I learned through …

Team Building