(Data Science) Tips and Takeaways from RecSys 2014 Conference

By Zank Bennett Comments 0

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At SweetLabs, we make over a million app recommendations each day, and are always interested in improving our recommendation efficacy. To get some tips and see what’s new in the industry, I headed to this year’s RecSys conference, an annual gathering of data scientists focused on all things related to recommender systems, weather it be recommending apps or articles, movies or songs. Over the five days in Foster City, I listened to talks on everything from A/B testing to deep…

Advice on advisers: What separates the great ones from the rest

By Chester Comments 0

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The following article was originally published by VentureBeat. First-time startup founders and entrepreneurs get their fair share of advice. While most advice can be taken with a grain of salt, I’m a huge believer in the importance and value of leaning on experienced advisers to help you build your company. After recently joining the advisory board of Mobcrush, a startup I’m stoked about, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be a stellar adviser, drawing from my own experiences both being…

3 reasons why the app preload model is broken

By Alan Masarsky Comments 0

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These days, anyone not named Amazon, Google, or Apple is not having their piece of cake and eating it too. With average selling price of $254 for an Android smartphone and $544.30 for a Windows PC, it should come as no surprise that the hardware yields very little return for the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). Operating margins run under 5% for most smartphone makers and even less for PC makers. In order to combat those razor-thin margins and drive sales in…

Windows 8 didn’t suck for everyone.

By Alan Masarsky Comments 0

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This article was originally published on Medium.com. On Tuesday, Microsoft gave us a sneak peek of their new operating system, dubbed “Windows 10”, which is scheduled to release in 2015. Between returning the Start menu and re-prioritizing the beloved desktop mode over the Modern UI tile mode, Microsoft is pulling out all the stops in this new version to win back its user base and rebound from the underwhelming response to Windows 8. However, contrary to popular belief as most…

Microsoft welcomes Windows 10!

By Katie Keller Comments 0

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It’s been a big week, folks! Windows 10 (yes, 10 – not 9) is now officially a reality after Monday’s Microsoft event in San Francisco where the company announced the brand new OS that will be available in 2015 with a technical preview that was released today. Whether you’re a diehard Windows 8 fan or can’t wait to download Windows 10 and forget about the old OS forever, this news is sure to bring big changes to everyone: users, developers,…