As time continues to fly by, this report is a good opportunity to stop and reflect on what’s passed and what’s going on.
We’re developing a new feature/product at Sokanu. It’s a way for people to recreate and explore themselves and their career opportunities by creating a narrative using the meaningful experiences in their lives. It’s a personal tool and a social platform; people can compare and connect their narrative to their friends and role models. We’re trying to help people connect their passions to their work—or in other words, get them in to their element. This feature is meant to get people to dive in to what that means to them, and for us to intelligently give them nudges in the right direction.
The data behind the product is structured so that we can perform matching on the back end to make recommendations to users on everything from books they should read, to people they should meet or schools they should attend. Coming up with that data structure has been a challenge. During week three our team of three spent two straight days in a conference room whiteboarding and debating back and forth, breaking down the details of the new feature. Our challenge with the data is taking the vague concept of human experience (can you think of anything more vague?) and distilling it in to something that we can analyze programmatically to make recommendations and perform matching, but to also maintain enough flexibility that the system will work for 90% of use cases.
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