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Conviction in the Face of Noise

Nine years after starting a company to make machines listen to music at MIT, Brian and Tristan are selling their company, The Echo Nest, to Spotify, the largest music streaming service in the world. It's a great day for them and the rest of the team. It's also a great day for conviction-- the quality I find most relevant for entrepreneurs whose vision is off the beaten path, but a quality often challenged by the latest fad. Read More

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The Perfect Valentine

I’ve found the perfect Valentine’s gift for that geek girl in your life. Actually, it works fine for non-geeks but given that you are reading my blog, I’m pretty sure your wife or girlfriends is somewhat of a geek. Read More

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Building Smarter Software: Proactively Deliver Insights

Three years ago I spent a lot of time looking at SaaS business intelligence companies. I loved what I saw in the demos: easy data connections, slick looking graphs, powerful drill down tools and custom dashboards made the tools look like no-brainers. And then I began my diligence calls. All of these bells and whistles were useful for data analysts I learned, but mostly worthless for regular users. Customers didn’t want to become data analysts, they wanted the software to do the work of the data analyst. Read More

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