I lead data & decision science at Mindsets - a strategy and decision advisory company. I founded Imagineer to explore how to accelerate innovation at scale. Imagineer is leading two projects: Tidai a decentralized collaboration network to ideate, build, and fund projects; and Rogue Inventions a design and prototyping studio to turn ideas into reality. In my spare time, I enjoy ideating for a better world on @tidaiapp and discussing business and technology at Rogue AI, a local meetup group I founded with the community.
I grew up speaking French in Kinshasa-Congo and then moved to Beirut-Lebanon for my education where I learned Arabic and English. Then I worked in manufacturing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and found the courage to start a plastics recycling factory Ghana. After that I moved to the USA where I lived in Hoosiers Indiana for my graduate studies and then enjoyed the cheese curds of Wisconsin while improving electric motors & generators efficiencies with Regal Beloit. My wife and I finally settled in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Oregon enjoying the magnificent outdoors.
I love hiking outdoors (check my hikes), reading books (check what I am reading), making cool videos(check my youtube), deep intellectual discussions, watching movies and building things. I am a big fan of the maker and Do It Yourself (DIY) movement. If you can dream it, I can build it. Oh, I am also an aspiring private pilot and a Steve Whittman W10 Tailwind builder.
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A list of talks,community and industry events I have participated in:
- Dec 30 - GDG San Antonio Introduction to the Metaverse
- Oct 27 - Rogue AI's Getting started in Crypto Mining
- May 20 - Rogue AI's Switching to data science.
- Apr 21 - A Rogue AI talk where I showed my personal reasoning on deciding To Buy or To Rent.
- Mar 26 - Rogue AI's Introduction to NFT talk.
- Mar 10 - Rogue AI's Introduction to AI talk.
- Nov 21 - Beirut AI Weekend - Intro to Business AI Systems thinking in applying AI in your organisation.
- June 26 - Participated in the MIT Lebanon Challenge and my team presented SMOLVE - a citizen expert centric problem solution platform
- May 21 - Mentoring teams in the Beirut AI University Hackaton
- Apr 22 - AI & Covid19 - Implications of healthcare and society an online interactive discussion about AI and healthcare
- Feb 17 - Intro to Marketing Analytics with Power BI Business AI workshop with Beirut AI
- Oct 4 - The road to industry 4.0: a talk at AUB for a seminar addressing engineering management students
- Jun 30 - Introduction to Data Science in business one day workshop to the Mindsets team
- Apr 30 - AI Everything Exhibition as member of Kaggle Days
- Feb 27 - AI & Blockchain in banking talk at the Data Compliance and Protection and Cybersecurity forum
Sayings that resonated with me.
Design is a conscious and intuitive effort to impose meaningful order. Design is both the underlying matrix of order and the tool that creates it.
Nothing in life is as important as you think it is, while you are thinking about it.
You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.
I am dead because I lack desire, I lack desire because I think I possess, I think I possess because I do not try to give, In trying to give, you see that you have nothing, Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself, Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing, Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become, In desiring to become, you begin to live.
Skeksis from The Dark Crystal:Age of Resistance
Life is my paint, death is my canvas.
We had six different business plan changes. The last one was PayPal.
If you have invented something new but you haven’t invented an effective way to sell it, you have a bad business – no matter how good the product.
The first ten people will determine whether the company succeeds or not.
George B. Leonard
No environment can strongly affect a person unless it is strongly interactive. To be interactive, the environment must be responsive, that is, must provide relevant feedback to the learner. For the feedback to be relevant, it must meet the learner _where he is_, then program (that is, change in appropriate steps at appropriate times) as he changes. The learner changes (that is, is educated) through his responses to his environment.
Perfection of character: to live your last day, every day, without frenzy, or sloth, or pretense.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
Alma from Undone
Try, not try; be like the sky.
Au-delà Du Brouillard, Damien Saez
Quand on est au sommet On ne peut que descendre Ou apprendre à voler
Carl Friedrich Gauss
It is not knowledge, but the act of learning which grants the greatest enjoyment. When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again.
W. H. Auden
The sense of danger must not disappear: The way is certainly both short and steep, However gradual it looks from here; Look if you like, but you will have to leap.
Every business transaction has three parts: customer, product, supplier; to be successful you have to control at least 2 of the three.
We work too hard. We try too hard. Don't try. Don't work. It's there. Looking right at us, aching to kick out of the closed womb.
From the Pursuit of Wonder on YT
If you have to try to try, if you have to try to care about something or have to try to want something, perhaps you don't care about it, and perhaps you don't want it. If the thought of not doing the thing hurts more than the thought of potentially suffering through the process, if the thought of a life without it or never having tried it at all terrifies you, if it comes to you, through you, out of you, almost as if you're not trying, perhaps Bukowski might say here, try, and 'if you're going to try, go all the way'.
Only add as much structure as needed to solve your problem. Create structure and constraints on demand in response to a real need.
R. Buckminster Fuller
We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest.The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.
Criticism is the most effective antidote to error.
The wheel's hub holds thirty spokes Utility depends on the hole through the hub. The potter's clay forms a vessel. It is the space within that serves. A house is built with solid walls The nothingness of window and door alone renders it usable, That which exists may be transformed What is non-existent has boundless uses.
A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it, written as well as you, do not write it.
Err and err and err again but less and less and less.
The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other.
I am a maker. I think work should be about making things work. Better. Faster. Smaller. Smarter. So I build bridges between what’s known and what’s not. I tinker. I toil. I write poetically in an abundance of languages (including code). I hack. I dissect. I have an insatiable desire to un-complicate the complicated. I am easily inspired. I believe that just because it hasn’t been thought of doesn’t mean it won’t be. Potential is my thrill ride. Imagination is my most-used tool. I am a maker, and I am what moves the world forward.
The union of the mathematician with the poet, Fervor with measure, Passion with correctness, That surely is the ideal.
What is the ultimate quantification of success? For me, it's not how much time you spend doing what you love. It's how little time you spend doing what you hate.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The mind creates the abyss, the heart crosses it.
Nobody should start to undertake a large project. You start with a small trivial project, and you should never expect it to get large. If you do, you'll just over design and generally think it is more important than it likely is at that stage. Or worse, you might be scared away by the sheer size of the work you envision. So start small, and think about the details. Don't think about some big picture and fancy design. If it doesn't solve some fairly immediate need, it's almost certainly over-designed. And don't expect people to jump in and help you. That's not how these things work. You need to get something half-way useful first, and then others will say "hey, that almost works for me", and they'll get involved in the project.
When ambition exceeds ability, you are going to experience hardship. We have the choice to fear it or embrace it.