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What makes a good Sage?

Chris Martin 1

When you need an expert opinion, where do you turn?  How do you know who has the expertise to provide insight into your situation? Is book-learning more relevant, or do you need someone with hands-on, real-world experience? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to these questions because of the diversity of problems that would benefit from expertise.  Think about the last time you needed help with a problem – where did you turn?  A friend?  Google or YouTube? Did you go to the library and do research? How much work did you do to verify that the sources you were looking at had the expertise you need? The fundamental problem with finding an expert on the internet is trust. It is all too easy to find an opinion on the internet but figuring out the motives and reliability of opinions – not so much.  Crowdsourcing sites have been trying to help solve this problem for a while now. The idea being that more people commenting on something will tend to get closer to an accurate answer. “The wisdom of crowds.” Search engines use algorithms to evaluate the way sites link to each other, with the theory being that the sites with the most links are the most reliable. As you could deduce, an entirely new industry has evolved around gaming these algorithms.  This makes large, established brands easy to find online.  For smaller, more niche experts and subject matters, finding someone you can trust can be daunting. On the internet, nobody…

The Journey begins…

Peter 2

This is the beginning of Sage’s blog to document our journey from idea conception to eventual realization and ultimately, success. It’s nice to meet you, dear readers. My name is Peter Yeargin. I’ve been working in the IT field for my entire career, and pretty much, my entire life. I didn’t begin getting paid for it until after I graduated from Clemson University with my degree in computer engineering. But I did have a TRS-80 from the time I was 4 years old. I remember those days fondly as I was learning the basics (pardon the pun) of basic programming, figuring out how to move my cursor around on a “graphical” screen, and changing text colors. My favorite experiences were dialing up with my 1200 baud modem to bulletin boards, taking my turns on the first versions of multiplayer online games, and then heading off to school in the morning. Galactic Warzone was the name of one of those games and it was absolutely addicting to a little kid getting his first experiences in the online world. I also had a few cartridge games like Dungeons of Daggaroth, a game made famous through the publishing of the book, Ready Player One. This one also consumed countless hours as I tried to make it down to level 5 and defeat that evil wizard. But I digress. We’re here to talk about the founding of Sage, an on-demand advice platform. Before I get into what Sage really is, I want to explain…