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My approach to business

I've now gotten somewhere between 100 and 150 people who have written to me who are really extremely talented and good. I'm going to go through everyone's info today and over the weekend.

I wanted to show my current views on business and how I go about it, what I stand for, etc. If you're just a casual reader of the site, the second video is probably the most interesting. #1 starts slow, gets going around the 4 minute mark about how we got here from there.

Audio/video quality is so-so, just grabbed a quick camera at the store and did it fast, but you should get the idea. I'm going to send this out to everyone who wanted to work with me, and I'll be in touch over the next 2-3 days.

Video 1: "A Shift"

How to jump into data mining (short version)

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Data mining (sometimes called scraping) is a mysterious technique that still hasn't caught on much in the IT world. It's kind of an art form, and if you learn it from textbooks, you won't likely find much use. That's because like just about everything, the power isn't in the technique itself, but it lies in what you do with it.

I suppose to start, I should list off a bunch of things I have done with data mining.

I've automated a business school project for a friend by getting a list of every stock's opening quote on every day in the history of the NYSE.

I've compiled medical texts into one and sorted each sentence by subject to analyze the occurance of various key words.

I've built an autoblog network that writes about the top trending news stories of the day every hour on the hour, without me having to touch it.

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