That was our mantra back at Group Partners – still is I think. Definitely a value I hold dear – not to exclude – but to not close off other views.

And then there was that book a few years back – remember case study after case study where crowd sourcing problems found lost submarines – people who ‘knew nothing’ helped the military find their lost subs – and I am NOT talking about The Men Who Stared At Goats – thought that is a pretty interesting story as well ….

And then I continue to be amazed by professional stock watchers lord it on the airwaves about how this or that company are going to go one way or the other – and watch it do the exact opposite – and on a related issue – how every quarter the professionals confidently predict what will happen in Apple’s quarterly analyst meetings – and compare it to what the ‘amateurs’ have to say – the amateurs beat out the pros EVERY TIME – have done for years.

So – with all that said – not surprised at all to see this ….

Kaggle President Jeremy Howard: Amateurs beat specialists in data-prediction competitions.

But VERY interested to learn more about the company.

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