Lessons Learned From a Life-Long Career of Start Ups and Daydreaming

Dale Russell, Talksum CTODale Russell, CTO, Talksum

All of my life, I’ve been doing things differently. Back in the 70s and 80s, this was not a trait that my teachers really appreciated. I bet I was told to stop daydreaming every half hour or so, and I’m sure my parents received a note from the principal almost every other week. Amazingly, my father, who was a rather strict man, would never say anything about it as long as I kept my grades up. He would tell me every day that my life would be a series of those dreams, that when I’d reach one dream then a new dream would form, and that when I failed, it was most important to dream yet another dream and try to reach it.

I didn’t realize until recently that it is my father’s fault that I have always been like this.

Over the years in my career, I have been very fortunate to have mentors who took the time to give me crash courses in whatever I needed to know along with the confidence to execute. A couple of months ago, I reached out to one of those mentors, who is now an Algebra teacher in Florida. I am sure he thought I was crazy, but truthfully I would not have had the same career had it not been for his mentorship. It was more than just what he taught, it was more the freedom he gave me to experiment, to fail, and to learn on my own. I mention this person because years later, in retrospect, I think he is still teaching me a lesson, or maybe I am truly so hardheaded that it took 16 years for it to sink in.

So, here’s what I have learned and what I can apply from these “lessons.” Teach and mentor, but most importantly trust your team to learn from you. In a start-up company, everyone in the company can attend an all-hands meeting at one conference table to discuss strategy. This is my greatest dream – to be a better teacher to all of those around the table. There are no simple rules of success for any start up. Most products will fail; hockey-stick business plans are useless. The ability to mentor a small group of brilliant people, and teach them what to do as you’re doing it is an imperative. If what you’re doing is truly innovative, it is incumbent upon you to impart the knowledge and confidence in them to enable them to contribute in the company’s success.

 

Talksum Announces Data Stream Router Proof-of-Concept Agreement With the New Mexico Consortium

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San Francisco, CA — January 7, 2014 — Talksum, Inc., a leader in high-speed data processing and management solutions, today announced a proof-of-concept agreement with the New Mexico Consortium (NMC), one of the largest technology-based businesses in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, to test the Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) for data management, filtering, and intelligent routing.

The NMC pursues joint initiatives with the research universities in New Mexico and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in advanced computing, plant biology, biomedical engineering, and modeling and analysis. The Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) investigates challenges of computing at extreme scales – millions rather than thousands of computers – and poses questions that have not yet been answered in areas such as OS/systems/network software stacks, scalable and reliable runtime and middleware, IO/storage, parallel file systems, data intensive (DISC), and cyber-security.

The NMC currently has over 1,700 servers that continuously generate data in different formats to their respective data research systems.

The TDSR ingests, transforms, filters, data reduces, applies monitors and alerts, aggregates, enriches, analyzes and intelligently routes information in real time from all devices and servers to respective data stores for efficient use. Designed to accelerate real-time decisions, the TDSR improves data acquisition and transformation, and converts any type of structured and semi-structured data into flexibly managed event streams, tailored to most BI and research systems.

“The NMC handles information through over 1,700 servers and has one initiative, for example, that challenges our ability to scale systems and applications to millions of nodes and billion-way parallelism. It is a National Science Foundation funded collaborative project with LANL, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Utah – called PRObE (http://www.newmexicoconsortium.org/probe),” said Andree Jacobson, Computer and Information Systems Manager, New Mexico Consortium. “We must be able to program nodes with thousands of processing elements and achieve reliability at these scales. The Talksum Data Stream Router was built with the same type of focus in mind – speed, simplicity, and efficiency.”

“We are excited to enter the POC with the New Mexico Consortium, which has an enormous amount of data generated from so many different devices that needs to be processed, aggregated, and intelligently routed for further processing by analytical and research tools,” said Alex Varshavsky, founder and CEO of Talksum. “We are looking forward to showing the TDSR functionality and how it already exceeds volumes of 5 billion events per day on a single device.”

 

About the New Mexico Consortium

The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) is a non-profit corporation formed by the three New Mexico research universities to advance scientific research and education in New Mexico. The NMC pursues joint initiatives with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in advanced computing, plant biology, biomedical engineering, and modeling and analysis. These initiatives leverage the technical strengths of partnership to achieve technical advances in support of national priorities.

The goal of the NMC is to develop and continually improve models for pursuing collaborative research across partner institutions. This establishes the foundation for vibrant inter-disciplinary, cross-institutional research and puts the NMC in a unique position to tackle global grand challenges.

 

About Talksum
Talksum, Inc. is a leader in high-speed data processing and management solutions whose mission is to develop new ways of processing, routing, and managing Big Data. The Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) provides a real-time streaming data solution that is perfect for Big Data initiatives that require massive amounts of data processing.

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Talksum and the New Mexico Consortium

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

Today, we announced our proof-of-concept agreement with the New Mexico Consortium (NMC), one of the largest technology-based businesses in Los Alamos County, New Mexico, to test the Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) for data management, filtering, and intelligent routing.

The NMC pursues joint initiatives with the research universities in New Mexico and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in advanced computing, plant biology, biomedical engineering, and modeling and analysis. The Ultrascale Systems Research Center (USRC) investigates challenges of computing at extreme scales – millions rather than thousands of computers – and poses questions that have not yet been answered in areas such as OS/systems/network software stacks, scalable and reliable runtime and middleware, IO/storage, parallel file systems, data intensive (DISC), and cyber-security.

Talksum announces deal with the New Mexico ConsortiumThe NMC currently has over 1,700 servers that continuously generate data in different formats to their respective data research systems.

We’re excited to work with the NMC, which has an enormous amount of data generated from so many different devices that needs to be processed, aggregated, and intelligently routed for further processing by analytical and research tools. The TDSR is the perfect solution for this.

For more information, check out the full press release here.