Know the difference between data-informed and versus data-driven

Not everything is an optimization problem
At a more macro level, it’s also important to note that the most important strategic issues are not optimization problems. Let’s start at the beginning, when you’re picking out your product. You could, for example, build a great business targeting consumers or enterprises or SMBs. Similarly, you can build businesses that are web-first (Pinterest!) or mobile-first (Instagram!) and both be successful. These are things where it might be nice to have a feel for some of the general parameters, like market size or mobile growth, but ultimately they are such large markets that it’s important to make the decision where you feel good about it. In these cases, you’re forced to be data-informed but it’s hard to be data-driven.

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