Monthly Archives: January 2016

I’ve heard that Google may recruit programmers based on their search queries? Is that really true or just another hoax?


Answer by Deepak Shukla:

Note the use of the term 'may'
Màñjù Ñàth in his answer is correct in highlighting that there is SOME relevance in this specific recruitment technique:
When searching it with the keyword 'hoax' – the indicators that this is a lie DON'T appear. Meaning that Google do make use of Big Data and Algorithms to recruit talent.
If you assume you've found the 'ticket' or the 'key' to success in getting hired, then you're wrong.
The secret is that there is no secret.
Be smart in interview. Talented in ability.  Depth (and sometimes breadth) of experience. Having an outside interest. Be LIKED.
They will get you far further in career success than anything else ever will. 🙂

I've heard that Google may recruit programmers based on their search queries? Is that really true or just another hoax?

Google’s growing problem: 50% of people do zero searches per day on mobile


The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say

Amit Singhal in 2011 showing a comparison of search volumes from mobile and “early desktop years”. Photo by Niall Kennedy on Flickr.

Amit Singhal, Google’s head of search, let slip a couple of interesting statistics at the Re/Code conference – none more so than that more than half of all searches incoming to Google each month are from mobile. (That excludes tablets.)

This averages out to less than one search per smartphone per day. We’ll see why in a bit.

First let’s throw in some more publicly available numbers.
• more than 100bn searches made per month to Google (total of desktop/ tablet/ mobile).
• about 1.4bn monthly active Google Android devices. (Source: Sundar Pichai, Nexus launch.)
• about 1 billion monthly active Google Play users. (Source: Sundar Pichai, Nexus launch.)
• about 1.5bn PCs in use worldwide.
• about 400m iPhones in use worldwide. Probably about 100m…

View original post 1,833 more words

What are the leading companies focused on healthcare big data and analytics?


Answer by Malay Gandhi:

Some of the more interesting, vertically-focused companies include:

Clinical data focus

  • ActiveHealth Management: started as a care management company; exited to Aetna and now is the platform underpinning its Accountable Care offering and population management toolset
  • Amplify Health: helps primary care doctors directly contract with self-insured employers (Proactive Primary Care)
  • Archimedes: analytics company working across all healthcare sub-verticals—best known for highly robust disease models and simulations; owned by Kaiser Permanente
  • CliniCast: manages risk by helping providers select the optimal intervention to deliver outcomes (Optimize Patient Outcomes, Minimize Unnecessary Costs)
  • Health Catalyst: builds data warehouses/infrastructure for large provider organizations (Healthcare Analytics and Data Warehousing)
  • HealthCore: health outcomes research company serving all of the industry sub-verticals; exited to WellPoint
  • Humedica: clinical data analytics for provider organizations; exited to UnitedHealth Group / Optum
  • Kyruus: network analytics to identify and understand key social connections that drive commercial, organizational, and health results  (Patient Access Healthcare Big Data Referral Management)
  • Lumeris: population health management tools for ACOs (Accountable Care is a Journey)
  • Medecision: data aggregation, analytics, and population management platform for payers and at-risk providers; exited to HCSC
  • Predilytics: predictive analytics company focused on all at-risk entities, including payers and providers
  • Recombinant: data warehouse and analytics solution; exited to Deloitte Consulting Innovation

'omics focus

  • CancerIQ: integrates real-time clinical and genomics data to identify patient risks, interpret complex data, and highlight the best evidence-based interventions
  • Flatiron Health: business and clinical intelligence platform for oncology providers (Oncology Data Platform)
  • Syapse: enables the generation and use of 'omics profiles in diagnosing and treating patients at diagnostic companies, research institutions, medical centers, and payers

While healthcare data does require special handling, vertical-agnostic companies like Cloudera are emerging as big data winners in healthcare as well.

What are the leading companies focused on healthcare big data and analytics?

What kinds of software engineers will always be employed, even during market crashes?


Answer by John L. Miller:

The software engineer most likely to stay employed and be sought after, even in bad times, is:
  • Utterly reliable. They get things done, even if it means working hard. They notify ahead of time if they're going to miss a deliverable.
  • Thorough. Things they do only need to be once, which is to say, it's unlikely anyone else could have done it better.
  • Productive. They get things done quickly and competently.
  • Innovative. They can think of new ways to solve problems old and new.
  • Adaptable. They learn new technologies easily, and can integrate it with their existing knowledge to leverage both for gain. Also known as 'fungible.'
  • Optimistic. When things are looking crappy, they're the ones who convince everyone that this too will pass, and probably in a good way.
  • Personable. People like working with them. Despite being good, they don't make other people feel bad.
(Picture from
It's not about your primary programming language or technology, it's not about being smarter than everyone else, it's not about being the world's best programmer. It's about being good, being reliable, and being someone who other people want to work with.
  • Managers want reliable people in bad times, and people who don't cause trouble.
  • Peers want someone who buoys them and makes the team stronger, and helps their team mates and the company succeed.
  • If by some miracle a position is open, hiring managers want to hire people like this because they're good for business, they're good for team morale, and they're good for the company. And they find them by remembering who THEY like working with, or asking their team for recommendations of people they like working with.

What kinds of software engineers will always be employed, even during market crashes?

What are the hottest startups in the analytics space?


Answer by Firat Kader:

Hi everyone, I want to introduce the best app analytic tool startup company in the market.  makes a quick market entry and it continues to growth fast. is seen so cool. is not a traditional mobile analytic tool. Thanks to user friendliness,  satisfied customers. provides does not only event based analytics, but also user based analytic. Thanks to Crash & Exception Analytics, helps developer. Developers can realize  where they made mistake in match line.
AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics has all event based in-app analytics, but on top of that we have unique real time features like:
Heat Map Analytics: AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics provides all touch or specific touch heat map (first touch, second touch, third touch, etc.) screen by screen.
Gesture Recognition: AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics automatically recognizes all gestures and categorizing them to provide meaningful insights (pinch, zoom in, zoom out, swipe to all directions, scroll, tap, double tap, triple tap, time between touches, quits, views, etc.)
Device Interactions: In your mobile application your users are also interacting with devices in different ways like shake, tilt, orientation change, etc. You can easily get insights about these interactions on AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics.
User Analytics: You’re able to see all user analytics – sessions, retentions, user engagements, locations, firmware, and devices- to improve your CX onAppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics.
In-App Analytics (Event Based Analytics): AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics provides event-based analytics with parameters defined by you. AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics automatically defines all these events on your dashboard.
Push Notification Analytics: AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics provides all push notification analytics and lets you create funnels to identify your users’ reactions after push notifications.
Advanced Conversion Funnels: AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics lets you create both event based and navigation based funnels to understand your users’ behaviors. Also you’re able to see previous data when you create a funnel by retrospective analytics.
Crash & Exception Analytics: You’re able to see all your crashes, times, reasons, class, stack trace and reproduction steps by using AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics.

You also get user interface suggestions (most unresponsive gestures, most viewed screens, highest quit rates, most interactive screens), user insights (devices, sessions, locations) and navigation flow from AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics.

Benefits of AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics
With our app analytics solution you can:
–        Detect and change weak and unresponsive areas in your application
–        Measure and optimize your conversion funnels and easily see the breakdown of funnels’ activity day by day
–        Increase your user retention by optimizing your push notifications and responding to your users’ needs and demands rapidly
–        Increase the stability of your application by using our real time crash and exception analytics reporting
–        Maximize your user engagement by providing outstanding user experience

It's compatible with iOS and Windows Platforms and Android is coming soon. All our data is real time and the SDK is low footprint and easy to integrate (it takes just one line of code to integrate).

You can try it for free here: AppAnalytics | Mobile App Analytics

Please let me know if I can help you with installing it and trying it out 🙂

Stay with love,
Fırat Kader

What are the hottest startups in the analytics space?

Wind e le new solution per lo smart working


Social media blonde


Il business è velocità e innovazione, chi, come me fa consulenza sa bene quanto sia importante avere un livello di smart working sempre al passo con i tempi. E’ importante evolvere il proprio asset tecnologico verso una sempre più ampia visione digitale del lavoro: cloud, tecnologie all’avanguardia, navigazione veloce e illimitata sono solo alcuni degli strumenti che un’azienda può utilizzare per essere smart e competitiva allo stesso tempo. Piccole e medie imprese dovrebbero aprirsi all’evoluzione digitale per inserirsi in quella che è la “Smart Innovation” di cui ormai non si può più fare a meno.

Moltissime le offerte di mercato che permettono questo passaggio, tra tutte,  la migliore in termini di prezzo – qualità del servizio è Wind Business con Wind Smart Office con incluse 3 utenze Microsoft Office 365 per le quali il cliente avrà assistenza e strumenti digitali di altissimo profilo. Ottimizzare, implementare, andare verso una semplificazione sempre maggiore del…

View original post 133 more words

I’m not a genius. Can I get a job at companies like Google by just working hard?


Answer by John L. Miller:

Yes, you can get a job by working hard. You don't have to be a genius to get a job at Google, or pretty much anywhere.
The most important thing to be successful at a job, in my experience, is precisely what you say, working hard. That doesn't mean you spend all day moving bricks if you're supposed to be programming, it means you focus on your work, you learn relevant related things, and you keep an eye out for new opportunities. You develop a reputation for doing what you set out for do, and for identifying problems early, notifying your colleagues / managers as appropriate, and addressing the problems.
That doesn't take genius, just a good work ethic.
Getting the job in the first place is a bit trickier. The hardest part is getting an interview.
If your goal is to work at a software company like Google or Facebook, you'll need to do some planning to maximize your chances of getting and passing an interview. Attend a university the companies you care about recruit from. Get a relevant degree. Try for internships each year. Sign up for campus interviews when they visit your campus.
Keep in touch with people who share your goals: you can help each other later by referring one another for jobs in the company you're in, which will help move them to the front of the line.
So yes, work hard, succeed. Don't worry about being a genius, I know geniuses who were never able to get a job anywhere more interesting than a hotel desk.

I'm not a genius. Can I get a job at companies like Google by just working hard?

How to be an Expert at Life.


Everything I Never Told You


Praise imperfections.
Ask questions.

Don’t fear the answers.
Do fear snakes, toads
and Donald Trump’s hair.

Adore books, animals,
weakness, brokenness,
and old age

Find a love to orbit around.
Have a constellation seeking brain.
A star gazing heart.

Don’t trip on what’s been
gone for years.

The one seemly not
telling the truth is
the one you should
listen to the hardest.

Pay attention to your
conscience, make
sure it’s really yours.

Know there’s beauty;
in words. The ones
you use and the ones
you leave out.

Read the classics.
Brighten to artistry
Don’t be afraid to improvise.

Listen to jazz while
drinking iced coffee.

Don’t admire yourself
too much, this can
lead to disaster.

There are two types
of people in the world,
be neither of them.

Know sometime what
seems useless is
full of meaning.

Learn how to bend,
not break.

Lose yourself to love,
to madness.

View original post 91 more words

What is the funniest piece of code you’ve ever come across?


Answer by Akash Goel:

I was checking posts in the /r/books sub-reddit, when I came across this gem –
And the code is here-
From the description in README-
Fifty Shades Text Generator
Computer generated erotica in the style of Fifty Shades of Gray, for the discerning technophile.
The code is a set of grammar rules, that is used to generate text by the Dada Engine. If you know a little about grammars (Automata theory), then I highly recommend reading the code.
Here's a little snippet
	statement-of-fetish-obj statement-of-nervousness [statement-of-fetish-obj3 | statement-of-fetish-obj2]
	| transition statement-of-fetish-obj3  statement-of-fetish-obj statement-of-fetish-obj2
	| statement-of-fetish-obj ITALIC(interjection) ". " statement-of-fetish-obj2 
It's rare that I get to learn something and also enjoy it so much at the same time. I died laughing.

What is the funniest piece of code you've ever come across?