Best 25 Quotes & Tweets on Data

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1

Starting a business teaches you how to get things done with very little. Growing a business teaches you how to be data-informed. Scaling a business teaches you about yourself. You’ll never stop learning.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

2

Stories change more minds than data.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

3

Most underappreciated skill for new founders: Numeracy. Can you speak with authority about your numbers, now and in the future? Can you define the levers of your growth, pick feasible goals, and then hit them week after week, month after month? This is true product market fit

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

4

It's the worst of times and the best of times in tech right now. Big tech and a horde of zombie unicorns, backed by vulture capital, are spoiling our internet, stealing our data, and robbing their workers. But there's finally a seed of hope in the awareness that's growing.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

5

If someone has based their identity on believing something, no amount of data will change their mind

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

6

Beware of investors who confidently tell you that your idea is unlikely to succeed because of 10 year old empirical observation. Old data is bad data too. Disruptive but previously impossible ideas are worth revisiting.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

7

One of the most undervalued qualities is pace. There's nothing better than working with people who urgently think about what comes next, and push to get there. Analysis paralysis kills good ideas.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

8

Data is only as good as the person interpreting it

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

9

All the data in the world is useless if you’re making the wrong observations

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

10

My issue with data is that it makes us optimize for what’s easiest to measure while ignoring what’s difficult to measure

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

11

Stats are a great way to determine what content has worked in the past. Stats aren’t a great way to determine what bold new ideas will work in the future. That takes experience and intuition.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

12

Data will tell you everything except how people feel

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

13

The Internet allows any two individuals to transfer data without permission from any central authority. Bitcoin does the same for value.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

How to come up with product ideas: 1. Dig into data & identify broken parts of your funnel. 2. Use your own products & be honest about the experience. 3. Get outside your office & meet new people. 4. Work with with amazing designers & engineers. 5. Talk to customers everyday.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

15

Bad decisions come more from a lack of observation than a lack of data

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

16

Marketers need to deeply understand their audience. It’s *literally* their job. Yet many marketers can’t get buy-in to talk to customers. They’re expected to build a plan based on data and anecdotes from other team members. The problem? Empathy doesn’t travel through osmosis.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

17

Growth rates are just data. Good investors know they have to understand the business and the founders to tell if there is long term value.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

18

Long-form writing is my single favorite medium. Most people don’t read long-form writing, but the most curious readers — the ones you want to have — absolutely love it. It’s a classic example of aggregate statistics misleading people. Write for the extremes, not the averages.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

19

All too often, in a startup marketing meeting we come to a slide which I call “the marketing sh!t list”. It’s a list of a dozen or so tactics. No data. No campaigns. No strategy. This isn’t how you do marketing. Start with your customer. First, find out where they hang out.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

20

Overrated: data Underrated: gut feel

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

21

Getting products on a roadmap is challenging. Same as every creative industry. Film, TV, Music, Journalism. Every industry has creatives struggles & bringing ideas to life will always be hard. Make ideas happen with data, thoughtful design, & relentless energy. Don't give up.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

22

Evergreen writing advice: Be more precise. • Back up your claims with statistics. • Use colorful adjectives. • Support your main point with specific stories and examples. Great writing is as sharp as a sword.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

23

Getting a product idea greenlit is never easy. 1. Arm yourself with data. 2. Identify champions within your organization. 3. Pitch with a prototype, not a deck. 4. Get your engineering partners excited. 5. Don't let your idea die. It's your responsibility to keep it alive.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

24

Survey data is very useful but people don’t like taking surveys. Business opportunity.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

25

CEO roadmap brainstorms on Twitter are valuable. But the best ideas should come from within your org through product innovation & data.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj