The tragedy of data science is that 79% of an analyst’s time goes to data preparation. Data preparation is not only tedious, it steals time from analysis. Data packages make for fast, reproducible analysis by simplifying data prep, eliminating parsing, and versioning data. In round numbers, data packages speed both I/O and data preparation by a factor of 10.Apr 25, 2017
Experts are generally right until they’re wrong. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to get fooled into thinking that experts are always right. This is especially true when it comes to trying new things in existing fields. We are biased into believing that knowing a lot about something confers an ability to predict the future.
Kate Heddleston is founder and CEO of Opsolutely (YC S16). Discussed: Developer Productivity; Human-Computer Interaction; Kate’s CS Degree; Academic vs. Practical Knowledge; Deciding to Do YC; Learnings from YC; Being a Female Founder; Advice to College Students; Dune.
GetAccept (YC W16) is an e-signature tool with document tracking and smart sales automation. Before launching our platform at the end of 2015 we spent months researching and working to configure the perfect hosting environment for our SaaS application. We aimed for 100% application uptime and full redundancy on all layers. 18 months into the business we have kept to our goal–not a single second of downtime and no service windows. Here’s the configuration we used.Apr 21, 2017
In the first of four lectures on How to Build a Product, Michael Seibel, CEO of Y Combinator, interviews Steve Huffman and Emmett Shear on how they built their products as founder-CEO’s of Reddit and Twitch, respectively.Apr 19, 2017
We talked to Katie Evans-Reber and Steffi Wu of Gusto (YC W12) about their new guide on how to create an employee handbook. You can download it for free here.Apr 18, 2017