It has been a busy couple of days at VIVA central, and so the blogging has fallen by the wayside a little - as I was saying a week ago, I wish I had a clone... though I doubt my clone could have done any of the coding that Syed was doing with any proficiency... so I think I just want a cloning machine and then make clones of people as and when required.
I haven't left my home office for days. People tell me that the weather in Sydney over the weekend was amazing.
"You don't say," I would answer. I had no idea.
Reece and I caught up this morning about a starting new project we are calling Project Klink. It uses the same sorts of machine learning algorithms as VIVA to solve a very different problem. I am optimistic about this project because it is another means of validating VIVA's algorithms, and I expect I will learn a lot from Project Klink to help make VIVA even better. We haven't formed plans yet, but they will surely come in time.
I had a coffee with Tom as well this morning. Tom used to help us with the business development side of VIVA. He was the one who connected us with the marketing manger at Bell Shakespeare. It has been about two months since we chatted - entirely my fault, for being absorbed in my own narrow world.
We swapped our latest stories. I told Tom about the happenings with VIVA, and the latest news of how we received a nice rejection email from TechCrunch this morning:
I wondered if machine learning is not sexy enough.
Tom told me a little story about how far VIVA is spreading, "A mate of mine asked me about VIVA the other day. His mates told him about VIVA, and asked if that was the app I was working on. Yeah it was! I had been telling him for months, and then he heard about it from a mate of a mate!"
I messaged the team on Slack something to the effect of, "Team, it is a pity about TechCrunch. I guess we will just have to make VIVA a success the old fashioned way!"