Mike Perkins

Why Sample Size and Random Sampling Matters

Recently we tweeted an interesting article on big data, from the Financial Times. The author’s key point is that sampling bias and sampling error are possible even with large data sets. As illustration, the author discusses a classic case where the Literary Digest incorrectly predicted that Alf Landon would beat FDR in the 1936 election.…

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The IoT Ahead

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the EE Live Internet-of-Things conference in San Jose last month. Since then, I’ve been reflecting on some of the bleeding edge technical concepts that were discussed there. It occurs to me that many of the IoT devices we are asked to design act as a standalone…

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Mike Perkins

On the Importance of Hiring Excellence

I came across the article “Why the “Next Silicon Valley” is Always Silicon Valley” during my lunchtime reading today and found it really interesting. I would summarize it — obviously not justly! — as follows: Excellence is a snowball rolling down hill. Excellence attracts more excellence in a virtuous circle. Getting the snowball started is…

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Howdy Pierce

Do Something Hard

We have recently had several prospective customers approach us who are self-funded startups. Each of these customers was hoping we could help them develop an embedded product to the point where it could be sold on Kickstarter. And each of them wanted us to get them through some hard technical challenge that stands between them…

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