The Thirty-first Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) is being held this week in Long Beach, CA. NIPS is arguably the most prestigious AI-related academic conference. It’s also the largest in terms of attendance. The last few years have seen a dramatic spike in attendance. Conference Attendance by the AI Index
As you might guess, the number of papers submitted for review has also grown. In 2016, 2,406 papers were submitted and 568 were accepted for a 24
Eight short months ago, I wrote about how I was stepping back after 10 years at Automated Insights to take some time off and start on my Computer Science Ph.D. at UNC. Now, I’m excited to announce that I’m getting back into the startup game with a new company. You might be thinking exactly what my wife did: “Robbie, you can’t go one semester into your Ph.D. without starting a new company?!?!” It’s all logical, I promise.
This past summer was great. I did a bunch of things with my
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I just finished Jason Calacanis’ new book: Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups. It’s a quick read, fun and informative. The primary audience is those interested in becoming an angel investor, but I also recommend it to entrepreneurs looking to raise money from angels. The book gives an insider’s view of what angels (should) go through when considering, evaluating, and managing their startup investments. In Chapter 26, Jason mentions the relevance
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Starting a company is not easy. While it is by no means the hardest thing you can do, it is time consuming at a minimum. Before you make the jump to entrepreneurship, I highly recommend getting your significant other on board — if you don’t have a significant other, hurry and start the company before you have one!
Below are 11 ways you can approach the topic of starting a company with your loved one. I assuming that you’ve already made up yo
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While I commend the sentiment behind the post, Why we don’t negotiate offers, ultimately it is misguided. A common quandary for anyone hiring is how much you negotiate with a candidate versus sticking to your guns and not budging on your offer. The main issue is that salaries inside of most companies are not a simple calculation. Emp
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My wife and I have been reading to my 10-year-old daughter every night before bed since she was an infant. I say “my wife and I” when I really mean “my wife 90% of the time.” With our most recent addition to the family (now a 2-year-old boy), my wife doesn’t get to read to my daughter as much. That means I’ve gotten the opportunity to do it more. Her old pops likes to freshen things
If you like this article, check out another by Robbie: Every early startup should have an unpaid senior team Hey, umm, can we step into a conference room real quick?
This is the setup most managers have experienced at some point. An employee wants to take you into an office to drop the bomb that she is giving notice. You get two weeks, but it will take at least two months to replace her, not to mention the onboarding and ramp up time for the replacement.
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Imagine if you saw your boss once every 2–3 months. And instead of a single boss, you had two, three, or four bosses. And every time you got together with your bosses, you held a formal status meeting where you reviewed all aspects of your job and how you were doing. Now imagine your bosses had given you a significant amount of money and their compensation would