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How Not to Drown in Numbers | Sudheesh Nair (Thoughtspot) & Jai Das (Sapphire Ventures)

December 8, 2023
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How Not to Drown in Numbers | Sudheesh Nair (Thoughtspot) & Jai Das (Sapphire Ventures)
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Want to learn the best business insights from remarkable speakers at Slush 2023, but don’t have the time to watch the full speeches on YouTube?

You’ve come to the right place. Below is a summary of a conversation between Sudheesh Nair (CEO of Thoughtspot) and Jai Das (President and partner of Sapphire Ventures).

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The discussion between Sudheesh Nair, CEO of Thoughtspot, and Jai Das, President and Partner of Sapphire Ventures, centered on the evolving role of data analytics and the potential of generative AI. They highlighted the need to shift the focus from analytics to outcomes and the role of Thoughtspot in making analytics more accessible and actionable. They also touched upon the ethical considerations and regulations related to generative AI and shared valuable insights from their entrepreneurial journeys.

<p class="h1-rich">✨ Summary</p>

Data Analytics and the Need for Thoughtspot

  • Sudheesh Nair emphasized that the focus of analytics should shift towards outcomes rather than just the analytics itself.
  • Nair noted that analytics has become excessively complex and is often focused on dashboards rather than taking action.
  • He pointed out that many business leaders are apprehensive about numbers and prefer dashboards as a way to avoid accountability.

The Role of Thoughtspot in Changing Analytics

  • Thoughtspot aims to bridge the gap between business and analytics by allowing forward-looking marketing specialists to test their hypotheses against data.
  • The goal is to make analytics more accessible and actionable, moving away from traditional dashboards.
  • Thoughtspot uses natural language processing to allow users to express their desires and receive meaningful insights in return.

The Power of Generative AI in Analytics

  • Jai Das and Sudheesh Nair discussed how generative AI is revolutionizing the way we interact with applications and analyze data.
  • The ability to have conversations and ask questions in a natural language format is transforming analytics.
  • Generative AI enables predictive capabilities and allows for exploration and experimentation in decision-making.

The Ethical Considerations and Regulations of Generative AI

  • Nair stressed that the use of generative AI raises concerns about biases in data and models.
  • He opined that regulations are necessary to ensure ethical practices in the development and use of generative AI.
  • Das suggested that entrepreneurs have an opportunity to navigate regulations and innovate within ethical boundaries.

Lessons from the Founder's Journey

  • Nair advised startup founders to focus on doing one thing well and getting paid before moving on to the next thing.
  • He warned against blindly following advice from others, emphasizing that every journey is unique and requires individual decision-making.
  • Das noted that self-awareness and surrounding oneself with people who can complement one's weaknesses are key to success.
  • Nair encouraged founders to enjoy the journey and appreciate the present moment, stressing that it is the process that matters, not just the destination.
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How Not to Drown in Numbers | Sudheesh Nair (Thoughtspot) & Jai Das (Sapphire Ventures)
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