Driving a 4x4 across Namibia, spring 2011
“What is the purpose of this meeting?”
Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP; Sandwich harbour, Namibia; Orongo, Easter Island
Americas: US, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Costa Rica
Asia: Japan, Russia, Turkey, Oman
Europe: UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy
Africa: South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania, Egypt, Ghana
Running the 46-mile Rae Lakes loop in the Sierras in 1 day
The Rae Lakes Loop is a 46 mile loop in Kings Canyon National Park. It starts at Road's End (5,032') and ascends to Glen Pass (11,760') in 18.5 miles, and then descends thru a series of lakes and valleys for 27.5 miles back to the start. Normally, it is a beautiful 5 day hike. I ran/hiked it in one long day on Sept 11th, 2010.
taking a nap after a run on saturday afternoon
I have the same thing everyday- A wholewheat tuna sandwich. Less choices means your mind can wander to more interesting problems.
C minor prelude from the Well-tempered Clavier
it is not especially difficult, but I am a beginner and I think it is really beatuiful.
(btw- this isnt me in the video)
Only 25 people have climbed the highest point in all 58 counties of California. I am 1/3 complete.
General Manager, Casual Dating for Friend Finder Networks
I am P&L responsbile for a group of dating websites which makes $180M in annual revenue, and have more than 10M daily visitors. I have a team of about 50 people in my group. I spend most of my time in meetings or looking at reports (we have really good reporting tools for AB testing, cohort analysis, sales funnel reports, ad buy and affiliate reports, and lots of reports to slice and dice sales and registrant info)
I wish I had studied Math more at school. I studied English and Computer Programming for Musicians at McGill University. I am more of an autodidact, and I learned most of the stats I use via studying for CFA exams, and some Six Sigma courses I took. If I had deeper math experience I think that would help in several areas like collaborative filtering, and user recommendations.
Strong communicator. I have high expectations for people around me. I ask good questions
We recently integrated the ad buying / optimizing / campaign management fuctions into my business unit, so we are doing some process mapping to improve theses functions, and changing the metrics which we measure their performance. Previously, the company used a 2-year lifetime value model which attempted to predict the total revenue likely to be earned from a group of registrants. The issue with this is that the model is very volitatile in the begining of a campaign so it is a difficult metric to use. We are moving to using a fancy CPA target. We have also been doing alot of work to study the secondary economic effects of our ad buys so we can tune our performance targets, and understand type-in traffic better.
We are also re-writing our dating platoform using a new technology stack since the old platform had built up a lot of technical debt, and was very unstable. This has given us the chance to
use more front-end tools like Backbone.js and Underscore.js, build a service architecture in the backend, and update the UI which was looking dated.