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How to Get Ahead in Machine Learning with Zak Slayback (1517 Fund)
Episode 1317th November 2020 • Machine Learning Engineered • Charlie You
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Zak Slayback is a principal at 1517 Fund, a venture capital fund that prioritizes working with dropouts. He wrote the excellent book "How to Get Ahead", one of my most recommended books on careers, and runs Get Ahead Labs where he teaches how to write outstanding cold emails.

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