This would be an interesting Zoom call!

A lot has been written about Zoom in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The share price has risen 800% since its IPO, valuing it at $144 Billion, it is well funded, profitable and has attracted some of the smartest people in tech and business into its ranks. Zoom is riding a high that is well deserved. It has an amazing product that cut through a crowded field to do things better than the well-established competition, including the likes of Oracle’s Webex, Google Hangouts and Microsoft’s Skype.

When I first started to use skype in the mid-2000’s it was easy…


An example of a MIndsDB coding challenge

There are a wealth of articles floating around the internet explaining why Coding Challenges for prospective engineering candidates are a terrible idea. An irrelevant technical exercise, an example of lazy hands-off recruitment, a manufactured problem that can be perfected in advance through online practise or an abuse of candidate time and expertise?

So, are Coding Challenges really a monumental waste of candidate and employer time? Or can they be a valuable part of a modern recruitment process? …


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The very words “team-building” can strike fear into the hearts of workers everywhere, afternoons of excruciating social embarrassment, trust falls gone wrong and the lingering knee pain from a rogue corporate paintball. But in reality, building a great team doesn’t need to be a painful process.

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever.” — Amy Poehler

Diversity Matters

A diverse team is a more efficient, more creative, more successful, more profitable team. Hire a team…


As the co-founder of a machine learning startup, many people have asked me to explain the difference between Machine Learning, Artificial intelligence and Deep Learning. Usually, I provide a reasonably concise explanation of the three areas. I then point them to this great article by Michael Copeland on the Nvidia Blog. However, that article is probably a bit more in-depth than people are expecting; most people want at maximum a 1–2-minute answer. So, I thought it was about time I have a go at writing a sub-2-minute article on the topic. Here goes….

Artificial intelligence is an area in computer…


How ML is helping organizations be smarter with their data

Big data, deep learning, artificial intelligence, machine learning. I can bet these buzzwords show up at least once a week in your feed and have been for the past few years. Our radar can’t escape them even if we wanted to. By now everyone has some idea of what those words mean, but can you really explain their meaning if someone asked you? Or better yet, do you know enough that you could apply those concepts to your work? …


Hypothetically would we still leave if everyone voted the same and we took into account new 18+ voters

I was in London recently having dinner with a close friend and, as tends to happen in the UK, the conversation swiftly turned to Brexit. He pondered whether support for Brexit was a temporary phenomenon or a more permanent and structural one. In 20 years he asked, will we and others our age (we are both 34 and voted to remain) want the UK to be out of the EU? Will our individual views shift with age, experience and income? Thus ensuring the country has a leave majority in perpetuity. …


March 22–24, Bratislava

Join MindsDB at PyCon SK in Bratislava from March 22–24. In its fourth year, PyCon SK is an annual conference for people who use and develop applications with the open-source programming language python.

MindsDB CTO, Jorge Torres, has been selected as a PyCon SK speaker and will give a speech on machine learning democratization on Friday, March 22. Come and hear Jorge discuss how organizations can’t expect machine learning experts to be both domain experts across various fields and true experts in machine learning at the same time. …


Open source projects have given birth to a range of useful software over the years. Many of the great technologies that we use today were born out of open source development! Android, Firefox, VLC media player, MongoDB, Linux, Docker and Python just to name a few.

Even many of the tech giants realize the benefit and allow their employees to take a day off and dedicate their time to open source projects. In fact, many have open source projects themselves.

However, the large majority of contributors to open source projects don’t work for tech giants; anyone can leave their mark…


What do you imagine when you hear the job title “Data Scientist”? Probably not a shabby looking white-collar worker with a stern look on their face. Right?

Perhaps that is why Harvard Business Review coined “Data Scientists” as “the sexiest job of the 21st century”. They wrote, “If ‘sexy’ means having rare qualities that are much in demand, data scientists are already there. They are difficult and expensive to hire and, given the very competitive market for their services, difficult to retain.”


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What do you imagine when you hear the job title “Data Scientist”? Probably not a shabby looking white-collar worker with a stern look on their face. Right?

Perhaps that is why Harvard Business Review coined “Data Scientists” as “the sexiest job of the 21st century”. They wrote, “If ‘sexy’ means having rare qualities that are much in demand, data scientists are already there. They are difficult and expensive to hire and, given the very competitive market for their services, difficult to retain.”

Data Scientists are technical professionals with the training and curiosity to make discoveries in…

Adam Carrigan

Co-Founder at MindsDB, YCombinator & UC Berkeley SkyDeck Alum, former management consultant at Deloitte, University of Cambridge grad!

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