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16 Startup Metrics

We have the privilege of meeting with thousands of entrepreneurs every year, and in the course of those discussions are presented with all kinds of …

20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions

And you might think you approach all those decisions rationally.<p>Yet research suggests there are a huge number of cognitive stumbling blocks that can affect our behavior, preventing us from acting in our own best interests.<p>Here, we've rounded up some of the most commonly cited biases that screw up …

Critical Thinking

The solution to feeding the world's growing population doesn't require any sunlight or soil

According to Philips, the answer may be indoor farms that grow plants with LEDs. The company has recently opened its GrowWise City indoor farm in the Netherlands, and the facility has the potential to revolutionize the way we cultivate food, and maybe even solve world hunger issues.<p>At the …

Top 20 Python Machine Learning Open Source Projects

<b>By Geethika Bhavya Peddibhotla, KDnuggets.</b><p>We analyze Top 20 Python Machine learning projects on GitHub and find that scikit-Learn, PyLearn2 and NuPic …

Robert Reich: Crony capitalism is crippling the economy

The former secretary of labor on specialized tax breaks — and why we need to get our corporations off the dole<p>Robert Reich<p>May 31, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Corporations aren’t people, despite what the Supreme Court says, and they don’t need or deserve …

10 things you need to know in markets today

<b>Greece says its cash crunch is coming within two weeks.</b> Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis warned Monday that his debt-wracked country would face a cash crunch within two weeks, and was in an urgent need of the last tranche of rescue funds from its €240 billion ($268.30 billion, £172.24 …

El Niño

The Secrets To A Successful Kickoff Meeting

According to Lindstrom, the greatest threat to many kickoff meeting discussion is confirmation bias. Because solutions are not easy to come by, group mentality makes people latch on the first reasonable solution they develop. In discussing this singular solution more and more, their attachment to …

Peter Thiel on How to Build a Monopoly

Want to dominate your market? Start small and scale upwards, says the Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and investor.<p>Billionaire Peter Thiel knows a thing or two about dominating markets: The 47-year-old entrepreneur and investor co-founded PayPal--one of the world's largest online payments …

Robotic hands cook any dish with skill of master chef...then clean up

The robotic kitchen are modelled on the actions of Masterchef winner Tim Anderson<p>Most Masterchef winners open their own restaurants, set up catering companies or write cookbooks.<p>But 2011 winner Tim Anderson has spent the last two years helping to devise the ultimate kitchen gadget – a pair of …

Rem Koolhaas: “There’s Been Very Little Rethinking Of What Cities Can Be”

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect dishes on cities, what architecture and film have in common, and the idiocy of design competitions.<p><b>Gary Hustwit: Why is the design of so many cities so bad?</b> <b><br>Rem Koolhaas:</b> Very few cities these days are really designed, and that may be partly the problem, the …

How to See the Future First

One of the biggest challenges innovators face is to truly understand the market opportunity space before they start creating a strategy and well in advance of product development.<p>One of the biggest challenges innovators face is to truly understand the market opportunity space before they start …

Why Startup Founders Are Getting Rich Earlier Than Ever

Fighting over a limited pool of high-potential companies, investors are letting entrepreneurs pocket loads of cash before their businesses are even proven.<p>Venture Capitalists used to invest in startups so founders could build businesses. And if those businesses became successful, <i>then</i> the founders …

The 18 Best Infographics Of 2014

2014 saw stellar examples of the power of data visualization to shed light on nearly any subject, from politics to dogs.<p>You could sift through piles of dense data sets in an attempt to understand the trends and discoveries that emerged in history, psychology, current events, and even fictional …

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A curated list of awesome machine learning frameworks, libraries and software (by language). Inspired by awesome-php. Other awesome lists can be …

Momoto SR500: blueprint for a budget cafe

Half a century ago, a café racer was a bike stripped to the essentials. Tuned for maximum performance over the short haul, it was usually a secondhand bike that didn’t break the bank—and was tweaked on a budget.<p>These days, the true modern café racer is probably a ‘streetfighter,’ a battered GSX-R …

Statistical Modeling vs Machine Learning

I have often used the terms Statistical modeling techniques and Machine learning techniques interchangeably but was not sure about the similarities …

Data Mining and Machine Learning Overview

UCSC Extension Winter 2014 – Course 2612<p>Introduction to Machine Learning and Data Mining — Patricia Hoffman, PhD<p>Week 1: Summary/Notes by Michelle …

See The Most Beautiful Data Visualizations Of 2014

“Rappers, Sorted by Size of Vocabulary” by Matthew Daniels, a digital strategist at marketing firm Undercurrent, was created using language …