18 year Anniversary today. Loving every second of it.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the time I’ve spent beta testing Summit and look forward to the new builds.
Colin has provided excellent feedback on Summit. So have so many of the beta testers. I too am looking forward to publishing new builds.
If you’re on the beta list (which you can get on by putting your email address in the form on this page) and you haven’t gotten Build 15 yet – please let me know. Build 16 is due mid-September.
Here are a few things that I think you should see.
I am getting inundated with spammy emails asking me to add links to my blog posts. Used to be one a day. Averaging 5 or 6 now.
The training speech data contains a minimum of 15 hours of high-quality speech recordings sampled at 48 kHz. We segmented the speech into half-phones using forced alignment, i.e., automatic speech recognition to align the input phone sequence with acoustic features extracted from the speech signal. This segmentation process results in around 1–2 million half-phone units, depending on the amount of recorded speech.
The entire methodology sounds very impressive.
While I’ve done some basic research on machine and deep learning in the recent past, it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up with this entire article. This is something I do often. I read an article and if there are large portions I simply cannot comprehend I’ll do research until I grok it. To that end, I plan to set aside some time in September to do enough research on DL and ML for me to understand posts like this at a basic level.
Just issued several invites to the latest build of Summit via Test Flight. I’ve already doubled the number of beta testers. Looking forward to the feedback streaming in.
It’s always a little weird glancing at my visitor stats and seeing that someone has read a post that no longer reflects my position.
100% agree. Most of my posts are out-of-date and my opinions have changed slightly since I’ve written them.
I love this bit:
This is why I always refer to the blog as an ongoing conversation with myself – it is the public manifestation of working things out in my head.
The Lehigh Valley Tech Meetup is an excellent community in the Lehigh Valley that meets monthly at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners incubator within the Lehigh University Mountaintop campus. The community around the meetup is excellent and the building is amazing*.
While the tail-end of my presentation walked through my experience building my first iOS app Summit, the majority of my presentation was focused on helping early stage companies think about their go to market strategies.
I’m currently advising several companies, a few of which are businesses built around mobile apps, and have heard about 11 other start-up pitches this year so far. And during that time I’ve noticed a trend. Entrepreneurs that are attempting to build a business around an app sometimes underestimate the amount of thought that should go into the marketing and sales strategy for the app. It is as if some feel that apps are less thought and work than products that you can touch. So during my presentation at LVTech I hoped to convey that the same “boring” (yet, tried and true) business practices that apply to products also apply to software.
A few questions I urged those thinking about building a business around an app were:
By considering these, and may other questions, you can determine if your idea has enough layers to support an entire business or if you just have an app idea**.
I also briefly discussed three misconceptions I’ve been seeing over the last year dealing with very early stage start-ups. These misconceptions were:
We then did about 10 minutes or so of questions and answers. The questions I got were really great and I appreciate all those in attendance helping me with the answers to the questions I didn’t have much experience in.
Thanks to Tim Lytle for the invitation to speak and to Ben Franklin Technology Partners for the continued support.
* I worked in this same building for years while at Viddler. But when I worked there the back half of the building didn’t exist. In fact, Viddler started in Jordan Hall – the building just beside the new building. And now, they are extending it even further. The building is an amazing place to work and have a meetup of this kind. I’m jealous that our incubator in Scranton feels so dated when compared to this building. Especially comparing the meeting spaces.
** It it totally fine to “just have an app idea”. I do. And I’m loving working on it. But it is also good to have the proper perspective about your app idea.