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Understanding Tik Tok’s Recommendation Algorithm (worth $30 billion)

TikTok’s valued around $20-$30 billion dollars with more than 800 million active users (100 million monthly active users in US). What makes the product worth $30 billion dollars? Besides the user base, I believe it’s the algorithm. We know now more about the algorithm in Tik Tok’s recent suit filing against the US government. How does Tik Tok’s Algorithm work? Let’s dive into how the algorithm works. Overview of the Algorithm TikTok’s algorithm uses machine learning to identify what content

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Understanding Mission, Vision, Positioning and Elevator statements

Are you confused about the differences about purpose, mission, vision, positioning, or elevator statements? If so, you are not alone. Below, we will define and understand the differences of each statement. ContentsDifference between Mission, Purpose, Vision, Positioning and Elevator statementsPositioning StatmentMission Statement (aka Purpose Statement)Elevator Statements (aka Elevator Pitch)Vision Statements Difference between Mission, Purpose, Vision, Positioning and Elevator statements Here is the summary of differences between each statements (more details below); Statement Type Primary Focus Audience Positioning Competitive Differentiation Executives

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Understanding the decline of Zellers – a discontinued retailer

This post is only for self-reflection and educational purposes. Throughout highschool, I had the good fortune of working at Zellers – a discontinued Canadian retailer. After three years of working there, I was handend a termination letter – stating the the store was closing down. Infact, almost all Zellers were closing down as they were sold to Target – an american retailer expanding into Canada. Naturally, I was curious as to what happened to this Retailer and what I could

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Book Summary – Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind

The book, Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind, provides a semi-scientific and author’s perspective on the “history of humankind”. The book breaks it down into three revolutions – the cognitive revolution (70,000 years ago); the agricultural revolution (12,000 years ago) and the scientific which started 500 years ago from today and continues to shape us. ContentsPart One – The Cognitive Revolution (70,000 Years ago)An Animal of No Significance – The Rise of Homo SapiensThe Tree of Knowledge (Language)A Day in

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Guide to Understand and Manage “Happiness”

Happiness — a simple yet illusive word that has been a topic of confusion and contemplation throughout my learning journey. Given that almost all of my work — blog posts or projects — indirectly (or directly?) try to pursue happiness, I wanted to deep-dive and understand it. In this post, I will attempt to articulate understanding happiness and managing it. The lessons here are inspired by The Happiness Advantage, Elephant in the Brain, Stumbling on Happiness, and personal experiences. Defining Happiness

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