TITLE: Deploy So That You Can Learn The Rest AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: March 18, 2014 2:30 PM DESC: ----- BODY: In this interview prior to Monday's debut of FiveThirtyEight, Joe Coscarelli asked Nate Silver if the venture was ready to launch. Silver said that they they were probably 75-80% ready and that it was time to go live.
You're going to make some mistakes once you launch that you can't really deal with until you actually have a real product.
If they waited another month, they'd probably feel like they were ... 75-80% ready. There are some things you can't learn "unless your neck is on the line". It ought not be surprising that Silver feels this way. His calling card is using data to make better decisions. Before you can have big data, or good data, you have to have data. It is usually better to start collecting it now than to start collecting it later. -----