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Kind of Familiar with Sleeping Late

I was very excited to write sth last night after Monday's class. However, I was stuck with a bug in the previous assignment and thus lost the passion to write this blog.
Here I am today, to write some thoughts down before my passions gone.

About Project Management.

1. Idea First or Team first?
I agree with Yingbo that it really depends on the projects. If the timeline is as limited as CS3216, team definitely goes first. It's very dynamic to polish the ideas and make them work later. But for very large projects, ideas should not be easily changed, then teams would have to go next.
I experienced the team first approach in the first two projects. It works perfectly fine. In that approach, everyone actively contributes and there are no hierarchies or non-negotiable conflicts in the team. Though there may be unequal workload distributing problem due to merits of different people in the team, people will be dynamically switch their roles when they finish their jobs. Idea First would…

Case Study 1

Fig1.Home page(create new help)
I think the team's goal of making it super easy for users to post helps is really good. However, this page involves too many checkboxes and privacy issues that on the contrary increase the complexity of posting a help. For instance, how can you calculate the reliable people? The criteria we assumed in our algorithm may not match the user's mind. Neither can we assume that all the friends have SMS and other information included in their profiles.   It's also very sensitive to post to all friends' walls. In our first assignment, we tried that and the whole news feed will be filled with the same content. That's very annoying. The checkboxes also have some overlaps. Say if one selected "all my friends"+"reliable friends", same people will be informed twice or even more times. That's even more annoying. Furthermore, the additional "needs quick help" option makes it even more complicated. The text input of…

Random Stuffs

Long time no blogs.
Record some random stuffs here.

1.Monday, entrepreneurer's share.

VSee-- a successful online conference provider.
CEO:Milton--a computer scientist graduated from Stanford and UC Berkley.
Ideas: It's hard to promote your product, even it's a good one. I know from Milton that many great people have tried to do video conferencing but failed. The technology is really challenging but Vsee survived. I admires Milton a lot, for his perseverance. It's really hard to imagine that  one can hold this belief for so long(five years) when there is no sign of getting profits. I know it's not about making profits(at least for Milton), it's really about creating values and making a difference. But how can one survive in this REAL world without worrying about his/her essentials? By essentials, I mean the basic needs for food, living, etc. without relying on other people's help. Well, maybe those who are just too rich to worry about those stuffs or those …

Ideas Worth Recording

Today we had our pitching session in LT19. Prof. Ben invited many speakers from the industry to share with us their ideas. Some of the ideas are really interesting and worth recording.

Personally, I like the idea of Cliquefund, a new investment idea that focus on impacts rather than profits. It sounds like a non-profit charity funding, also like an angle with no technology support. I think the idea would be beneficial for the people or companies who receive the fund, most likely startup companies, but may not be fair for the investors. This idea will definitely make a good social impact, but I'm really doubt whether this idea will actually become reality as the monetary really depends on the investors, whether they are money-oriented or not. This idea reminds me of a facebook app named Causes, which makes small portion of money out of the funding people raised for a social problem. There are nice people around. Hopefully some investors are that nice, too. How Cliquefund makes the …