Daniel Yue

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On April 18, 2022, Daniel Yue commented on Gong IO: Cutting Through the Noise :

Really neat to learn how this company approaches this tough problem. I’d be interested to hear more from users on whether they feel like the feedback from the algorithm is effective for them — human interactions are very complex and it’s not obvious to me at all that an algorithm would be able to assess whether someone should talk more or less in a sales call, as it seems very context dependent.

Thanks Snigda! I was interested to learn more about the “several neonate data points inputted by the healthcare professional” — do you know what these are in particular?

I think there’s a interesting feedback look for AI systems, where at first they have to start with data that’s easy to gather. However, after the system is established, the promise of better predictiveness may itself be an incentive that motivates people to collect more costly data as an input to the system.

On March 26, 2022, Daniel Yue commented on 23andMe: DNA Genetic Testing For Health, Ancestry And More :

I really enjoyed reading this post! I never would have thought about this particular angle of business innovation from the organization, though it’s cool that they already have a candidate for a clinical trial. Given that they’re data allows them to particularly target personalized medicine, it seems to me that the organization is almost better suited to partner with doctors and insurance organizations rather than drug development (with a heavy caveat that I know very little about drug development).

On March 26, 2022, Daniel Yue commented on Starbucks – The best customers in the world? :

Thanks for this post! It’s cool to see how successful this program has been, and how it’s paved the way for so many organizations to try out systems of their own. I wonder how well rewards systems will scale now that most retails are trying to do this. I personally have trouble keeping track of my various accounts…

On an unrelated note, I travelled to the original Starbucks store last summer, and was interested to hear that the chain was originally a single store for quite some time (5+ years). It’s cool that an old, establish organization can become a digital leader in this way.

On March 6, 2022, Daniel Yue commented on Etsy: For all the Art-Loving Non-Artists :

Thanks for this post! I love Etsy and have gotten a number of gifts from them because they’re so unique. It’s amazing how, like Threadless, they’ve built a community of creators that seem to appreciate the platform rather than view it as a necessary but unfortunate middle-man. I particularly liked your point around how Etsy’s analytics is a big reason they can add value to sellers.

On March 6, 2022, Daniel Yue commented on Ethereum – A Decentralized and Open-Source Super Platform :

Thanks for the post! Even though I’ve seen Ethereum pop up in the news a lot, I’ve never stopped to consider what has made it successful — I appreciate you describing it in further detail here. It sounds quite complex technologically — I’d love to learn more about why having a programmable blockchain is better than having a blockchain that simply integrates with other programs. That said, you’re point around programs and property not being transferrable to other domains seems like a neat property of Ethereum that will continue to drive its success.

On February 14, 2022, Daniel Yue commented on H-E-B: Here Everything’s Better :

I remember reading about HEB’s preparedness in some NYTimes article at the start of the pandemic! It’s cool how this company’s digital innovations made it so well positioned to handle the disruptions. I’d love to learn more about what motivated the company’s digital transformation ahead of time, and why they were able to do this when so many of their competitors were not able to do so. (Presumably it wasn’t foresight about Covid-19!)

On February 14, 2022, Daniel Yue commented on Strava: Doubling Down on Community :

Interesting! I’ve noticed a trend of more digital workout groups / challenges over the pandemic, but it was mainly through conversations with my mom (who participates in Facebook groups that coordinate spinning workouts). I wonder how well Strava will be able to function on different types of hardware, and whether this will allow them to capture a broader demographic of users.

On February 14, 2022, Daniel Yue commented on Discord – Your Place to Talk :

Very interesting post! I first learned about Discord from my little brother (who plays League of Legends) at the start of the pandemic, and it was cool to see how this parallels a broader trend in Discord’s expansion. One interesting area that I’d like to learn more about is how Discord (and similarly, Slack) facilitate new forms of organization. For example, Eleuther AI (https://www.eleuther.ai/) is a decentralized, volunteer organization of AI developers that coordinates itself purely through Discord.