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07 Oct 2018 . Notes . Advice on OpenAI Scholars Comments

I am taking some blogging advice that I’ve read elsewhere: if multiple people ask you similar questions offline, answer those questions in a blog post!

It has been awesome to hear that others are eager to apply for the next cohort of OpenAI Scholars. I wrote a bit about my 2018 summer takeaways in my final “official” blog post for the program, but I would like to expand a bit on:

What I learned and got out of this program What I wish I...



I am a software engineer who likes to code for the web. I took leave from Microsoft OneNote so that I can study deep learning full time as an OpenAI Scholar. I blog here (mainly) as I dabble with data, NLP, and machine learning.

Catch me at your local music festival, otherwise. Or on a field nearby playing flag football.

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  • Today

    Adventure Time! (resume)

  • January 28, 2019

    Moved to NYC to join startup ASAPP as a machine learning engineer — working on large-scale problems in customer interaction and healthcare!

  • November 23, 2018

    Attended PHAROS at Tapapakanga Regional Park in Auckland, New Zealand #LiveMusic

  • Summer 2018

    Granted scholarship to study deep learning as an OpenAI Scholar (learnings)

  • February 2018

  • June 23-24, 2017

    Attended Paradiso at the Gorge, WA #LiveMusic

  • May 7, 2017

    Started this blog to dive deeper into data products!

  • 2013~2016

    My side projects centered around “big”-data-for-news ideas (The Tech Machine; Trending News), building off of my PrefixSpan experience in Japan; meanwhile, the best parts of my career centered around the web

  • May 22-25, 2015

    Attended Sasquatch at the Gorge, WA #LiveMusic

  • Summer 2014

    Second summer in Seattle; completed Andrew Ng's Machine Learning course in June (notes)

  • August 31, 2013

    Attended Bumbershoot in Seattle #LiveMusic

  • June 2013

    Graduated Stanford… with a job at Microsoft!

  • Spring 2013

    Senior year: CS 142 (with the legendary Prof. John Ousterhout) and CS 210 solidified my enthusiasm for web development; my 210 senior project took me to SAP HQ in Walldorf, Germany

  • August 18-19, 2012

    Attended first #LiveMusic festival: Summer Sonic in Osaka, Japan

  • Summer 2012

    Dove deep into Sequential Pattern Mining at a research facility internship in Japan

  • Summer 2011

    First summer in Seattle; during Google internship, read Effective C++ and became charmed by design patterns

  • Fall 2008

    Started coding in earnest for my senior year of high school; accepted into Stanford University, Class of 2013!

  • 2004-2007

    Habbo UK made me internet (from Maryland)


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