Suresh Shankar on entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence and banking

Suresh Shankar, founder of Crayon Data, talks about how entrepreneurship is all about persistence and perseverance, through one of his favourite anecdotes on the Chinese bamboo tree. One that will get all you budding entrepreneurs fired up and ready to make a change! Catch him in conversation with the University of Oxford and Said Business School. Suresh Shankar also discusses ‘obvious’ opportunities in the digital banking space and the financial…

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Machine Learning: Linear regression and gradient descent – Part 1

The purpose of this article is to understand how gradient descent works, by applying it and illustrating on linear regression. We will have a quick introduction to Linear regression before jumping on to the estimation techniques. Please feel free to skip the background section, if you are familiar with linear regression. The reason why I chose to write on this topic is that “a good understanding of gradient descent and…

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Our data platform with Docker

This article has been co-authored by Rafi Syed and Sree Pratheep. As a continuation of our earlier article on Docker, here is a brief about how we started our journey in Docker. Our goal was to have a completely self-sufficient development cum integration environment – to make the development experience smoother and to reduce the ramp up time for any newcomer to the team. Also, to break the dependency on…

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Gartner predicts five big data trends that will dominate 2016

Gartner has predicted 5 strategic technologies for 2016. Highlights include the importance of machine learning, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and its impact on business and consumers worldwide. Even though these technologies have different names, they use data as raw material, and they use huge volumes of data sets to derive value. Let’s take a look at these technologies. 1. Smart Machines Many private companies are using some form…

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Privacy debates: the two axes that govern them

I recently read an article on Tech Crunch about Apple’s public pro-privacy stand, and Snowden’s recent public appearance on Twitter. These two events may not seem related. However, to quote the article, “pro-privacy moves by mainstream tech giants can absolutely chart a link back to Snowden’s 2013 revelations about the extent of government surveillance of the online sphere”. By snooping on its citizens and regularly hacking into consumer information, the…

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Why we chose Docker to build Crayon’s data processing platform

Historically, it has been a struggle for enterprise software vendors to control the deployment environment on their client’s installation base. Without proper control on the deployment environment, troubleshooting any issues on the client’s setup was a nightmare. Initially, companies delivered an appliance with a customized OS image as part of it. That gave complete control on the environment right from hardware to OS and through software applications installed as part…

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