Latent Space The AI Engineer Podcast

Latent Space The AI Engineer Podcast 1: Steve Ruiz

Published: Jan. 5, 2024, 8:43 p.m.

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Supporting NumFocus, a nonprofit that helps enable open source scientific projects, is important and near to Steve's heart.

"NumFocus is super near and dear to my heart... I spend a bunch of my now more limited free time helping support it."

The disconnect between the success of open source projects and the nonprofit organizations that support them can be significant.

"We tried at one point to get a Wikipedia page for NumFocus and it's providing again, the infrastructure for it's like a hundred plus open source scientific projects. And they're like, it's not notable enough."

Community work is an important aspect of Steve's involvement in various projects and organizations.

"I think one of the things that is on my LinkedIn that wasn't mentioned that's super near and dear to my heart... is supporting NumFocus."

Steve has learned the importance of balancing his time between various roles and responsibilities, especially when they involve community work.

"It's been a ton of fun so far... but it's also been really difficult to continue to do that work."

Steve emphasizes the importance of the Julia ecosystem and its role in solving problems for scientists and engineers.

"I think the language is super important... It's going to continue to grow in popularity, and it's helping scientists and engineers solve problems they wouldn't otherwise be able to."

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Customer Acquisition

Steve mentions that OpenAI has a lot of inbound interest, so their focus is on improving documentation and developer experience rather than traditional developer advocacy methods like attending events and speaking at conferences.

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