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Roundtable Recap: July 27 – Slow Beginning, Steady Growth

Posted on Thursday, Jul 27th 2017

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Hugh Massie, CEO at DNA Behavior International, a company that had a slow start and hovered in the $2-3 Million revenue range for the first six years of its existence. Today, this fully bootstrapped company does over $10M in revenue and is accelerating further. Hugh offers important lessons in managing a company that is ahead of the market.

PrepVista
Up first, 1Mby1M Premium Member Ali Tariq from Pakistan pitched PrepVista, a GMAT preparation venture for non-English-as-a-first-language applicants.

Excess2Sell
Then Rajan Sharma from India pitched Excess2Sell, a B-to-B marketplace for off-loading excess inventory in various verticals.The company has generated about $100k in revenue thus far.
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Thought Leaders in Artificial Intelligence: Josh Sullivan, SVP and Angela Zutavern, VP of Data Sciences at Booz Allen Hamilton (Part 4)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 27th 2017

Sramana Mitra: What you want are people who know how to set up machine learning algorithms and how to diagnose the patterns and set them up with the heuristics so you can leverage the algorithms to come up with meaningful actionable insights. That knowledge doesn’t necessarily exist in the minds of the greatest domain experts.

I believe we are going towards a world where there will be a lot of abstraction happening. I know Microsoft is working on it. IBM is also working on it, but I think Microsoft is further along. This abstraction allows creation 

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361st Roundtable For Entrepreneurs Starting NOW: Live Tweeting By @1Mby1M

Posted on Thursday, Jul 27th 2017

Today’s 361st FREE online 1Mby1M roundtable for entrepreneurs is starting NOW, on Thursday, July 27, at 8:00 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. EDT/8:30 p.m. India IST. Click here to join. All are welcome!

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361st Roundtable For Entrepreneurs Starting In 30 Minutes: Live Tweeting By @1Mby1M

Posted on Thursday, Jul 27th 2017

Today’s 361st FREE online 1Mby1M roundtable for entrepreneurs is starting in 30 minutes, on Thursday, July 27, at 8:00 a.m. PDT/11:00 a.m. EDT/8:30 p.m. India IST. Click here to join. All are welcome!

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Microsoft Riding High on the Cloud

Posted on Thursday, Jul 27th 2017

According to an enterprise software survey conducted by Credit Suisse about cloud platforms, nearly 40% of those surveyed expressed Microsoft Azure as their preferred choice. That number has grown 21% over the last six months. Another survey by data analytics firm Sumo Logic also came up with a similar result. Clearly Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Azure focus is bearing fruit. It is also evident in its latest financial results.

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Bootstrapping from Finland: Vainu CEO Mikko Honkanen (Part 4)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 27th 2017

Sramana Mitra: What about the product that had to be localized?

Mikko Honkanen: Yes. We had to localize the product. All the Nordic countries are pretty good with open data. We were able to buy and open the basic data. We had to add lots of local data sources and translate the UI and make sure that we customize the workflow for Swedish users.

Also in 2015, we decided to have a customer success department. We found a fantastic person who is now our Customer Success Director. She took over most of the existing customers to make sure that every single one of them is happy and they want to renew the contract. It was also in September when we brought a person for content marketing. Starting in Q3, we started building those >>>

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Man and Superman: Intersubjective Realities

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 26th 2017

By Guest Author Frank H. Levinson

In the previous three segments of this series, we looked at what a singularity is and as part of evidence for the possibility of a technology singularity, we studied the frequency and impact of five scientific revolutions. Let us now catalog the modern intersubjective realities (ISRs) that have co-evolved with the ever faster scientific revolutions and push to see how these have historically interacted and why things may be breaking down today.

Let’s now list key social structures that humans have evolved over time. Remember that all of these are really just different ISRs; thus, they are things we agree to treat as real. In other words, their reality derives only from our agreement. For instance, a $20 bill has very little intrinsic value, it is our nearly world-wide ISR agreement that gives it value. >>>

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Thought Leaders in Artificial Intelligence: Josh Sullivan, SVP and Angela Zutavern, VP of Data Sciences at Booz Allen Hamilton (Part 3)

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 26th 2017

Sramana Mitra: Do you want to take a different example from a different vertical perhaps and illustrate more of your point of view?

Angela Zutavern: We can talk about healthcare. We partnered with the National Institute of Health on reading MRI scans for heart health. Trained cardiologists had to spend 20 to 30 minutes looking at these heart scans on a computer and coming with calculations that would let them know how the blood is flowing in a person’s heart.

We put the challenge out to the community to build algorithms that could automatically read those heart scans. What was >>>

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