In Memoriam: Blythe Masters’ Blockchain Career

In Memoriam: Blythe Masters’ Blockchain Career

Blythe Masters is somewhat of a legend on Wall Street. She is credited for the creation of Credit Default Swaps (CDS) during her time in JP Morgan. CDS gained mainstream infamy for its contribution to the 2008 financial recession. Masters left JP Morgan in 2014 when the company sold the Commodities unit she headed. The [...]

The Massive Hypocrisy of JUUL

The Massive Hypocrisy of JUUL

2018 was a bad year for JUUL. Articles about high school administrators and public officials calling teenage juuling an epidemic never ceased. In October, the FDA raided the company headquarters in San Francisco to collect information about the company's marketing and distribution practices. The company still maintains its primary mission is to help adult smokers quit [...]

How to build Alexa Custom Skill Using Python

How to build Alexa Custom Skill Using Python

Developing for a voice platform is predictably very different from developing for a mobile or a web interface. To learn more about this topic, I decided to build a simple voice application for the biggest voice platform today - Alexa. More specifically, a custom Alexa skill using Python. This project came to fruition after an [...]

Offense, not defense – Why Cab Companies Need a Perception Change

Offense, not defense – Why Cab Companies Need a Perception Change

Let’s face it, ride hailing apps are not going anywhere. The consumers have spoken and they love the service that ride hailing apps provide, despite all the policy and legal wars being fought in courthouses. While the issue is definitely not a simple one, to an average consumer the arguments of taxi companies can sound [...]

Amazon announces AWS Mobile Hub and it makes Parse, App Engine look tame

Amazon announces AWS Mobile Hub and it makes Parse, App Engine look tame

Amazon officially entered the mobile backend as a service game by announcing AWS Mobile Hub. Most serious apps/back end developers with heavy server load and significantly big data size probably already use AWS one way or the other - AWS provides a unique platform where your database, servers, user management, server side logic all sync [...]

Learn How: Dynamic Time Warping algorithm used by Siri

Learn How: Dynamic Time Warping algorithm used by Siri

Siri is synonymous to that familiar voice in our iPhones today but until recently I did not how how Siri and other interactive voice applications/programs work. Determined to rectify the situation, I went hunting for answers.   A very high level approximation for the process can be described in the process flow below:     [...]

On Buzzwords

On Buzzwords

  If my time at an investment bank has taught me anything, I would say  abbreviations and jargon are the biggest barrier to entry to the financial services industry. Why in the world would anyone say real estate instead of space? Hey Lauren, can I put my books on your table? I don't have enough [...]