In this week's episode Matt and I are talking about different forms of intelligence, from potential extra-terrestrial visitors to the underrated octopus.Read More
Book Review: Peter Thiel's "Zero To One"
This book has a neat origin story: when Thiel taught a class on startups at Stanford in 2012, Blake Masters, a student, took detailed notes and posted them online. When the notes went viral, Masters worked with Thiel to craft them into an entire book! The finished project is an interesting mix of down-to-earth startup advice and grandiose visions for the future.
Net Neutrality Debate: How Will Repeal Affect You?
We analyze FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s recent proposals to rollback net neutrality regulations. It’s a contentious segment! One of us thinks opposition concerns are overblown, while the other sees net neutrality as vital to the future of the internet. For unknown reasons we decided to end this episode with debate style closing statements...
Latest project: a Shiny app to test your stock trend knowledge! The app is hosted using RStudio's shinyapps.io. Try rendering here if you encounter any display issues (unfortunately somewhat likely on mobile). Daily stock closing prices were pulled via the Quandl API. Full source code is available on Github.
Update: now also hosted on AWS.
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Book Review: "The Everything Store" By Brad Stone
Stone’s book tells the story of Jeff Bezos and Amazon, taking us from humble beginnings as a Seattle bookseller through its ascent into the e-commerce, media, and cloud computing colossus of today. Bezos doesn’t always come off well in the book (his wife actually gave it a one star review on Amazon) but we found “The Everything Store” an interesting read even four years after publication.