Richard Hackathorn is creating peer groups to explore key management issues of Deep Learning
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This is the place… for managers who are tech-savvy (not tech-fluent) about analytical systems enabled by Deep Learning (DL) using Artificial Neural Network (ANN) technology. These managers are responsive to the organization's priorities and IT resources, often interacting across IT and data science groups. They are also aware of the remarkable accomplishments of DL, courtesy of Google and others. They recognize that deploying analytical systems using DL presents unique challenges, as contrasted with traditional software development and conventional machine learning. Further, they are often called upon to bridge the conceptual disconnect between IT professionals and DL practitioners when deploying analytical systems.

The objective is NOT to dumb down the practice of Deep Learning. It is to make it relevant and useful to the persons who fund analytical systems, who evaluate their performance, and who are held accountable for their impacts. Hence, the plan is to form peer groups to share and mentor each other as their unique managerial issues with DL-enabled systems arise. Overview of these issues are explained in the article series How Managers Should Prepare for Deep Learning. The first article published in Towards Data Science deals with New Paradigms, which guide managers on how to think about the unique nature of DL.

Dr. Richard Hackathorn of Bolder Technology (dba BizSmartAnalytics) has spent his professional career crawling around large IT systems as a university professor, software entrepreneur, and industry analyst. Over the last five years, his focus has sharpened on business analytics, machine learning and now Deep Learning. Along with 5-7 MOOC courses in machine learning, he recently completed the Coursera Specialization in Deep Learning with Andrew Ng and reflected upon its implications (especially, note the latter half of this article!).

Richard organizes and mentors peer groups, which meet online for an hour, twice monthly, plus one hour of preparation. Group size is limited to 5 to 7 persons to facilitate interaction. Group composition is spread across business functions and even industries to maximize a diversity of perspectives. Richard shares the latest concepts, research, and trends occurring in rapidly-evolving DL-enabled analytics. By stressing mentoring-the-mentors, group members are equipped to mentor colleagues within their organizations. The post Guidelines for Peer Groups has more details.
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Friend
$2 or more per month
Persons curious about this program and want to stay in loop, maybe considering joining a peer group later. Also, they may not be in a management position currently but need to start thinking about these DL issues. Access to hidden Patreon posts.  
Wannabe
$5 or more per month only 15 left
Managers wanting to become a member of a peer group, as a manager with current responsibilities involving analytical systems at your company.  After completing a questionnaire and phone interview, they are assigned to a peer group, along with some career consulting. Limited number during startup period. 
Member
$25 or more per month
Members of a BizSmartAnalytics peer group, contributing your past experiences and current challenges, along with mentoring others.  Benefits from engaging as a peer with other group members. Plus, access to other briefings, articles and resources for self-learning of needed skills. Limit of 5-7 persons per group, ideally all from different companies, industries, etc. 
Sponsor
$1,000 or more per month
Corporations that benefit from involving their managers in BizSmartAnalytics peer groups. Includes Member benefits for one person. Plus, annual one-day on-site visit to present and discuss any topics related to deploying analytical systems enabled by DL (USA only). One point-of-contact is identified for coordination. 
Licensee
$5,000 or more per month
Corporations that need to educate many mid-level managers about issues of DL-enabled analytical systems. Hence, a custom program using in-house staff is required. Includes full derivative rights to all materials and assistance with initial customization. On-going mentoring of the corporation’s group mentors, along with access to current resources of the BizSmartAnalytics program. 
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$0 of $150 per month
YEA, we are launched! One peer group is active! This will support the initial infrastructure expenses for internet services and the like. We are confirming that creative independents can use Patreon for serious professional services and that DL-enabled analytical systems present unique critical challenges.
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This is the place… for managers who are tech-savvy (not tech-fluent) about analytical systems enabled by Deep Learning (DL) using Artificial Neural Network (ANN) technology. These managers are responsive to the organization's priorities and IT resources, often interacting across IT and data science groups. They are also aware of the remarkable accomplishments of DL, courtesy of Google and others. They recognize that deploying analytical systems using DL presents unique challenges, as contrasted with traditional software development and conventional machine learning. Further, they are often called upon to bridge the conceptual disconnect between IT professionals and DL practitioners when deploying analytical systems.

The objective is NOT to dumb down the practice of Deep Learning. It is to make it relevant and useful to the persons who fund analytical systems, who evaluate their performance, and who are held accountable for their impacts. Hence, the plan is to form peer groups to share and mentor each other as their unique managerial issues with DL-enabled systems arise. Overview of these issues are explained in the article series How Managers Should Prepare for Deep Learning. The first article published in Towards Data Science deals with New Paradigms, which guide managers on how to think about the unique nature of DL.

Dr. Richard Hackathorn of Bolder Technology (dba BizSmartAnalytics) has spent his professional career crawling around large IT systems as a university professor, software entrepreneur, and industry analyst. Over the last five years, his focus has sharpened on business analytics, machine learning and now Deep Learning. Along with 5-7 MOOC courses in machine learning, he recently completed the Coursera Specialization in Deep Learning with Andrew Ng and reflected upon its implications (especially, note the latter half of this article!).

Richard organizes and mentors peer groups, which meet online for an hour, twice monthly, plus one hour of preparation. Group size is limited to 5 to 7 persons to facilitate interaction. Group composition is spread across business functions and even industries to maximize a diversity of perspectives. Richard shares the latest concepts, research, and trends occurring in rapidly-evolving DL-enabled analytics. By stressing mentoring-the-mentors, group members are equipped to mentor colleagues within their organizations. The post Guidelines for Peer Groups has more details.

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Tiers
Friend
$2 or more per month
Persons curious about this program and want to stay in loop, maybe considering joining a peer group later. Also, they may not be in a management position currently but need to start thinking about these DL issues. Access to hidden Patreon posts.  
Wannabe
$5 or more per month only 15 left
Managers wanting to become a member of a peer group, as a manager with current responsibilities involving analytical systems at your company.  After completing a questionnaire and phone interview, they are assigned to a peer group, along with some career consulting. Limited number during startup period. 
Member
$25 or more per month
Members of a BizSmartAnalytics peer group, contributing your past experiences and current challenges, along with mentoring others.  Benefits from engaging as a peer with other group members. Plus, access to other briefings, articles and resources for self-learning of needed skills. Limit of 5-7 persons per group, ideally all from different companies, industries, etc. 
Sponsor
$1,000 or more per month
Corporations that benefit from involving their managers in BizSmartAnalytics peer groups. Includes Member benefits for one person. Plus, annual one-day on-site visit to present and discuss any topics related to deploying analytical systems enabled by DL (USA only). One point-of-contact is identified for coordination. 
Licensee
$5,000 or more per month
Corporations that need to educate many mid-level managers about issues of DL-enabled analytical systems. Hence, a custom program using in-house staff is required. Includes full derivative rights to all materials and assistance with initial customization. On-going mentoring of the corporation’s group mentors, along with access to current resources of the BizSmartAnalytics program.