Episode #5: Abdel Saleh
In this episode I'm joined by Abdel Saleh of said.fm a Radio and Podcast recommendation and curation startup. Abdel has been involved in the London Ruby community for many years and we cover a lot of ground in this interview - from transitioning from Java to Ruby in Finance, through Machine Learning and computation on AWS clusters to the ins- and outs of getting a startup off the ground both here and in Silicon Valley.
Here's some links to things Abdel talked about during the interview:
- Research Papers
- On the uselessness of content for recommendations
- Recommendation algorithm wants to show you something new
- Latent Semantic Analysis In Ruby
- Non-negative Matrix Factorization for Ruby
- A Clear Signal Through the Noise
- Designing Happiness
- The Future of UX is Play
Before the interview I mentioned that Malcolm Arnold of Ruby Nuby is looking for donated laptops to take to a program in Uganda and Kenya to teach Ruby, technology and entrepreneurial skills. If you have some equipment to donate contact Malcolm or find out more at the Ruby Nuby meetup.
Posted by Chris Lowis on Tuesday, February 01, 2011