Ep. 002 – Tarik Adnan Moon on Problem Solving, Data Science, Mountaineering & Physical Fitness

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Tarik Adnan Moon, born in Kushtia, is a senior data scientist at Edo — a startup based in San Francisco. A 4-time participant in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), he was one of the first people to get a medal in the Olympiad as part of the Bangladesh team. After finishing high school at Kushtia, he went to get his undergrad at Harvard where he studied mathematics with computer science.

We talk about a multitude of things from happiness, the ideal day, top three things he learned at Harvard, physical fitness and loads more!

Show Notes:
http://tarikmoon.com/
http://tarikmoon.com/bangla-pi-affordable-computing-silver-bullet-development/

Time Jumps:
2:53  Why were you interested in competitive mathematics?
5:26  What impact did attending the IMO have on you?
10:32  How do you tackle hard problems in math and elsewhere?
13:36  What inspired you to do your undergrad in the US?
16:38  Going to a different country all by yourself leads to some feelings of loneliness. Did you experience it? How did you deal with it?
23:58  How do you remain resilient?
27:10  What are the top 3 things, apart from academics, that you learned at Harvard?
29:00  What 20% of data science do you have to learn in order to have 80% of the impact?
31:48  How did you get into mountain climbing?
35:28  Mountaineering necessities a certain level of physical fitness. How do you get to that point?
38:10  What does your reading habit look like? How do you manage reading within your busy schedule?
39:53  How do you develop mental toughness?
42:26  Do you have a personal philosophy or a standard by which you measure your day?
44:05  You recently did a fundraiser for the Rohingyas. What motivated that?
49:07  When fundraising there is always the question of distributing the money using an organization or by yourself. Which one do you think is the most effective?
51:00  Did you learn anything profound while living in two of the largest cities in the world — New York and Sans Francisco
53:05  HOW DO WE ETHICALLY USE TECHNOLOGY??? Contains some spoilers from the book Origin by Dan Brown
59:00  RAPIDFIRE Qs!