The Back of Napkin – Dan Roam

I have made it a resolution to finish 1 MBA book in 1 week. And also 2 MBA Book Summaries in 1 Day.

The first week of July look a lot promising:

  1. The Back Of The Napkin
  2. — The AirBNB Story
  3. — The Membership Economy
  4. — The Network Imperative
  5. — Extreme Teams
  6. — Machine Platform Crowd
  7. — The Million Dollar 1 Person Business
  8. — Hacking Growth
  9. — The People Equation
  10. — B2B
  11. — Beating The Business Cycle
  12. — Be the Best at What Matters Most
  13. — Be Your Own Brand
  14. — Awaken the Giant Within
  15. — Bag the Elephant

Planned a lot – now to start from Today

I bought my first PC in July 1999. Today is July 2019.

Its been exact 20 years.

I have done hell lot of research and a lot of work and decided and redecided to plan my career my way and not any other way. I am a true Blue Ocean Pioneer and I am also a true Milky Way Pioneer.

I have done lot of research and found many more Blue Ocean Strategies and a million more Milky Ways.

I am good at true imagination and at true pioneering and a lot of hard work. But I am not good at writing code. I am not good at clearing exams. I am not at all good at it.

So, planned a lot for the next 20 years and I am going to work my way through it.

My goal is to be the best CS Guru and the best MBA Guru at my game. I will make it my way and I will make it faster than any one else.

Machine learning helps Microsoft’s AI realistically colorize video from a single image

Film colorization might be an art form, but it’s one that AI models are slowly getting the hang of. In a paper published on the preprint server (“Deep Exemplar-based Video Colorization“), scientists at Microsoft Research Asia, Microsoft’s AI Perception and Mixed Reality Division, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies detail what they claim is the first end-to-end system for autonomous examplar-based (i.e., derived from a reference image) video colorization. They say that in both quantitative and qualitative experiments, it achieves results superior to the state of the art.

“The main challenge is to achieve temporal consistency while remaining faithful to the reference style,” wrote the coauthors. “All of the [model’s] components, learned end-to-end, help produce realistic videos with good temporal stability.”


MIT’s Gen programming system flattens the learning curve for AI projects

Countless online courses promise to inculcate budding programmers in the ways of AI, but a team of MIT researchers hopes to flatten the learning curve further. In a paper (“Gen: A General-Purpose Probabilistic Programming System with Programmable Inference“) presented this week at the Programming Language Design and Implementation Conference, they propose Gen, a novel probabilistic programming system that lets users write algorithms without having to contend with equations or high-performance code.

Gen’s source code is publicly available and will be presented at a number of upcoming developer conferences, including Strange Loop in St. Louis this September and JuliaCon in Baltimore next month.


Intelliverse Launches Free IntelliSales CRM

Intelliverse, a global leader in Sales Acceleration solutions, has launched IntelliSales CRM today. IntelliSales CRM is an intelligent sales CRM which is free for unlimited users and includes unlimited support. One of many innovative features is pay-as-you-go calling feature from within the CRM. This allows the businesses to set their own budget for CRM and sales software.

Along with this new free CRM, Intelliverse has brought its IntelliSales Dialer for CRM and MS Dynamics CRM into its new IntelliSales CRM. Z. Ed Lateef, Chairman of Intelliverse, said, “Our CRM is easy to use and designed by sales people who understand the importance of simplicity when it comes to capturing customer data and pipeline opportunities.”


Degreed raises $75 million to plug employees’ skills gaps

Degreed, a learning and skills tracking platform for workers, has raised $35 million in an equity round of funding from Owl Ventures, Jump Capital, Signal Peak Ventures, GSV Accelerate, and Alliance Bernstein. The company also raised $40 million in debt financing from Alliance Bernstein Growth Stage Capital.

Founded in 2012, San Francisco-based Degreed aims to help employees develop the skills needed to advance their careers. Through the Degreed app, users select a “role” — their current job or a position they are working toward — and then any specific skills they’re looking to develop.


Aera raises $80 million to extract and augment enterprise data

Enterprise AI adoption continues to climb, with analysts at Gartner estimatingthat 37% of organizations now implement AI in some form or another, whether as customer support chatbots or expense-expediting receipt scanners. And companies say they’re already reaping the benefits of automation, with 82% telling Deloitte in a recent survey that they expect a positive return on their AI investment in 2019.

San Francisco-based Aera (formerly FusionOps) develops data processing and augmentation products powered by machine learning. It has ridden the corporate AI wave rather successfully, raising $25 million in April 2016 and another $50 million in June 2017. But the company is now ramping things up a notch.


Indeed: AI job-posting rate slows and interest dips

Artificial intelligence jobs have been hot in Silicon Valley and elsewhere, with a machine-learning engineer getting an average salary of $142,858 a year. But AI job-posting growth has slowed, and interest in these jobs is also dipping, according to a study by job site Indeed.

AI job postings on Indeed rose 29.1% from May 2018 to May 2019. However, that increase is substantially less than it was the previous two years. During the same time period — May 2017 to May 2018 — AI job postings on Indeed rose 57.9%, and a whopping 136.2% between May 2016 and May 2017.