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This continues my previous post that linked to the first part of an interview about my Ph.D. work.

 
This part is much shorter: Ian and I just generally discuss related aspects of my work.

 
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m hesitating whether to publish my own version of the interview. It has parts that don’t appear in Ian’s version (primarily explanations in layman’s terms of what I did as well as some elementary concepts that I mention), less technical stuff, and other things which simply did not belong in his interview. I think I will publish it, but do it at the same time I’m publishing another post, so readers will have something else to escape to in case it’s proving to be boring or too long. Based on the responses I got from my last post, I actually don’t think my readers found the post boring at all (somewhat surprising to me), but my version is long. So I won’t take any chances ;) .

 
Ian’s interview with me (Part 2)

 
Edit: Oh, forgot to mention. My post will have links to movies, some mine, so not, that could be interesting to watch and will help illustrate the points made. Not sure how I’ll link to mine and whether they’re worthy of viewing, but the other stuff certainly is.

 

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Mosaic World

Mosaic World

A while ago I was approached by Ian Ma, a guy who found me through my blog, and was interested in interviewing me for a Machine Learning community about my Ph.D. work – a project called Mosaic World. I warned Ian: ask an Academic – even an ex-academic – about his work, and don’t be surprised if you’ll get a really long answer.

 
Since I’ve been asked by several people “really, what is it that you did during your studies?” I thought of combining both. Therefore, I wrote a (very) long post about what I’ve done, in layman’s terms, took bits of it for Ian’s interview and added some bits that were not in my original post (mainly technical aspects). I planned to publish it together with another post, preferably a humorous one, in case I scare some readers away.

 
After reading my answers, Ian decided to break up my interview to two parts and politely asked me if I could not to publish my post until he publishes both parts of the interview. I’m actually wondering whether I’ll post my version at all, since much of it is the same… perhaps I’ll just do it “for the record” so if anyone ever asks me what I’ve done, I’ll have somewhere to point him at. If I do that, I’ll also post some links to some online movies (some mine, some not) which I think are cool and will help convey the points I make.

 
Either way, if you’re interested in what I’ve done, my answers to Ian are not very technical (only slightly more than my original version). If there’s any chance that you won’t find this interesting, feel free to skip ahead.

 
Ian’s interview with me (Part I)

 
And now, I need to work on that humorous post ;) (which I’ve actually been planning to do for 2 weeks now!)

 

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Since this is the first post on this brand new blog, I’m basically going to repeat what I wrote in my ‘About Me’ page.

 
This is my first attempt of having a blog on ’serious’ matters. In the past I’ve had several personal blogs, and not only really enjoyed it, but was quite successful as well (one of them was the #1 blog for a small website for a period of several months).

 
Who am I? My name is Udi Schlessinger. I’m currently trying my luck as an entrepreneur. After working for several years as a software developer and a team lead, I realized that pure programming isn’t for me. So I went ahead, moved to London, and did a Ph.D. in Computer Science (specifically, biologically inspired computing: I created agents that have neural networks as brains and get smarter through evolution. You know, very sci-fi stuff, matrix-like evil-AI thingies).

 
Unfortunately, I graduated exactly when this recession started (Oct’ 2007 – which is a bit funny considering I finished my M.Sc. in May 2000 – when the previous recession started. In fact, I’ve never worked in a period that was not a recession!). So not only I was ‘fresh’ out of school in terms of my academic background, NY isn’t particularly a good place for people who want to work in areas that relate to my Ph.D. That is, unless you’re willing to work for a financial place that likes this sort of thing. Fortunately for me, I actually like finance (that was my focus at college). So I found myself working for a huge investment bank, which was a new experience for me, and yet unfortunately, one I did not like.

 
Therefore, in April I decided that I’m going to pursue my own thing. I set a 5-stage multi-year plan, and started. I won’t elaborate much on this, but I will say the first stage consists of getting enough passive income using affiliate marketing & website creation to survive on, and the second stage consists of creating tools for affiliate marketing (a market I think is far from mature). I’m still at stage 1 but hopefully will move past that soon.

 
After doing this for several months I realized I need to voice my opinions. I learned so so much. I met numerous interesting people in the NY affiliate meetups. I learned what to do and what not to (still remember my first Google slap). Since there’s only so much one can write in Facebook status lines or say to friends, I decided to create this blog!

 
My goal is to discuss various issues: affiliate marketing, SEO, Google vs Yahoo vs Bing, the market, Artificial Intelligence in affiliate marketing (and elsewhere) and basically everything I can think of. I hope you’ll find this interesting!

 
If you feel like sending me a note, please, by all means go ahead. My email is Udi at IndustryReview.org. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/uschles

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