In-depth– Spend analysis of 6 years 686 rides and $12,041 spent on Uber

What I learned from my Uber data I save $703/month using Uber versus owning 2 cars (🚙🏎). I’ve spent $12,041 on 686 Ubers over 6 years. By comparison, car ownership cost $11,783 per year, most of it depreciation. What could $703/month buy you? Well, four years of $703/month and you’ll save enough to climb Mount Everest 🏔 unguided. Or you could buy a shiny new laptop ever... Read More

eBay Adds to Machine Learning Hype

Earlier this week I blogged about 5 simple questions you can ask to determine AI hype. Today I saw something with more hype than I would expect from a respected tech company. “eBay determines this price through a machine learned model of the product’s sales prices within the last 90 days.” In my opinion this price prediction is not machine learning. It’s just math. ItR... Read More

Simple questions you should ask to help reduce AI hype

As Machine Learning captures our imagination, it’s important to separate the material from the hype. Here are 5 simple questions you should ask to help reduce AI hype: “How much training data is required?” “Can this work unsupervised (= without labelling the examples)?” “Can the system predict out of vocabulary names?” (i.e. Imagine if I said “My fr... Read More

How To Build A Snow Cave

Snow caves are fun to build and provide warm places to sleep and take shelter from a storm. This is a brief how-to guide to building a snow cave. The snow cave in this example was built by 4 people near Skinner Hut at the edge of the timberline in late-December 2015 at 11,620 feet. Builders were Brett Poulin, Chris, Nick, and me, Neal Mueller. The cave we built was large enough to sleep and provi... Read More

Analysis of 250 SaaS Pricing Pages

This guy analyzed 250 SaaS pricing pages — here’s what he found: The average number of packages is three and a half 50% highlight a package as the best option 69% of companies sell the benefits 81 percent organize prices low to high 38 percent list their most expensive package as ‘Contact us’ The most common call to action is ‘Buy Now’ 36 percent don’t use a contrasting CTA color... Read More

Clever Red Bull advertising in hexadecimal

Want to know how to spell “Red Bull gives you wiiings.” in hexadecimal? Check out these two red bull advertisement in silicon valley. Here’s a hex to text converter to see for yourself. It’s not a recruiting ad, because this is the only job they have in SF. Must be just advertising to thirsty programmers. I love it. 52 65 64 20 42 75 6c 6c 20 67 69 76 65 73 20 79 6f 75 20... Read More