There is no doubt we live in a world dominated by software. As mentioned in the introduction, it’s hard to go even one day of our lives and not have to interact with any software.
The impact of software and access is far-reaching, and we have a responsibility to examine and understand it. This impact can be positive or negative to those using it, and we must be stewards of this. We need to quantify and understand our impact on the world around us during development.
I just wrapped up a challenging computer vision project and have been thinking about lessons learned. Before we started the project, I looked for information about what was possible with the latest technology.
We used the Tensorflow Object Detection API as the main tool for creating an object detection model. I wanted to share, in general terms, some of the discoveries. My goal is to give someone else who is approaching a computer vision problem some information which may help guide their choices.
Software Principle 2: Always understand your context
There are two keys to successful execution: knowing what to do and understanding the environment or context. If you have those two things, you are sure to have success.
However, as everyone is aware can be insanely difficult. If what you are trying to do is incredibly difficult, then there is an excellent chance you don’t know what to do. Conversely, if you are working in a chaotic environment, it is hard to understand your situation. That said, if I could pick one of those two, I’d always pick knowing my context. Context will help illuminate the problem and will let you know how to get the resources needed to discover what to do.
Information technology expenditure worldwide is currently at 3.7 trillion dollars, with growth that outpaces the GDP growth rate of many nations [^1]. Digital transformation for businesses is targeted to hit 2.2 trillion dollars by 2022 [^2]. It has a daily impact on most, if not all lives, in all developed countries. Software is quite literally eating the world.
There is still so much incredible waste where in a recent study a staggering 68% of all IT projects fail [^3]. 70% of executives in the Fortune 500 believe that their technology projects will fail, and the sad part is that they aren’t wrong to believe that.
When you first set your mindset to help your customers as I discussed in Sales Principle #1, then you are on a journey to immense success. To make the journey more enjoyable and sales less of a grind, I firmly believe being authentic and genuine are essential.
If you are a complete bozo, I’m not sure what to tell you. Hopefully, this article can help.
This is more about building real lasting relationships. None of that fake stuff. Keepin’ it real.
At Skiplist, one of our core values is “Relationships over Money.” Easy to say but very hard to practice.
Everyone at Skiplist profoundly believes in our core values. This is our differentiator and what makes working at Skiplist a blast.
I’ve heard many definitions of what is sales, but Mark Cuban put it best, “Selling is not convincing. Selling is helping.”
It is unfortunate that “sales” is often associated negatively. I’ll admit sales rightfully gets a bad rap, and there are many bad salespeople out there. We have all experienced a tricky or pushy salesperson. You feel horrible and used.
Have you seen Broiler Room, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wolf of Wall Street and so on? Slick hair, thousand-dollar suit. Excuse me while I clutch my wallet.
My journey at Skiplist has been nothing but exciting. Over the last year, we have grown tremendously with each person bringing a diverse background to the table. Never a dull moment at Skiplist that is for sure.
From starting our podcast to meeting Gary Vaynerchuk, the opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds is genuinely humbling.
While cryptocurrency has only recently become a popular term in finance, it has been around for a long time. Before names like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin even existed, there were attempts to create a decentralized currency.