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Auren Hoffman - A Deep Dive on Data - [Invest Like the Best, EP.320]

Auren Hoffman - A Deep Dive on Data - [Invest Like the Best, EP.320]

Update: 2023-03-14


My guest this week is Auren Hoffman. Auren is the CEO of Safegraph, which curates data on physical locations. He also founded LiveRamp, a public data connectivity business. Auren knows more about data businesses than almost anyone I know and that is the topic of today’s discussion. We look at the business of data from every angle and finish with a fun masterclass on how to host a dinner party. Please enjoy my conversation with Auren Hoffman.


For the full show notes, transcript, and links to mentioned content, check out the episode page here.




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Show Notes

[00:03:16 ] - [First question] - His 2x2 matrix for categorizing different types of data businesses

[00:04:59 ] - An example of what he calls a religion company in his matrix

[00:07:03 ] - His notion of data currency

[00:08:23 ] - His definition of a great business

[00:09:46 ] - An example of a so-called application religion company in his proverbial matrix

[00:11:24 ] - Co-op and non-profit business models within and outside of the data sphere

[00:13:35 ] - The truth application quadrant of his matrix

[00:16:18 ] - How data has exploded in prevalence for the business world as a whole

[00:18:57 ] - How to think about the end market for data and its demand

[00:21:09 ] - Characteristics of a good data set and how to identify it

[00:23:14 ] - Other factors that impact the usability of a data set

[00:24:30 ] - Optimizing data collection itself

[00:26:30 ] - The slow growth that’s typical of early-stage data companies

[00:27:27 ] - Market share considerations for data businesses

[00:30:03 ] - Common struggles for data entrepreneurs

[00:34:01 ] - The genesis of his business; SafeGraph

[00:37:08 ] - The power of self-maintained and user-maintained databases

[00:40:16 ] - Typical customers and use cases for SafeGraph’s data

[00:41:08 ] - How SafeGraph and other companies protect against data theft

[00:42:12 ] - Frequency of change as a proxy for the value of a given data set

[00:45:32 ] - Categorizing inbound data based on the most important criteria

[00:47:07 ] - The founder personalities he finds in the data industry

[00:49:53 ] - Why he feels the data truth quadrant of his matrix is underdeveloped

[00:50:30 ] - Bloomberg as an important data company to study

[00:51:42 ] - The importance of transparency in business and in data distribution

[00:53:07 ] - Failure modes that he sees most commonly in data-based startups

[00:53:53 ] - Data businesses becoming application businesses and vice-versa

[00:57:35 ] - The great dinner parties he’s known for

[00:59:50 ] - How he makes the dinner parties appeal to introverts

[01:03:11 ] - Dead people he would most like to have as dinner guests

[01:04:09 ] - Questions he would ask the most influential religious figures

[01:06:20 ] - The kindest thing anyone has ever done for him

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Auren Hoffman - A Deep Dive on Data - [Invest Like the Best, EP.320]

Auren Hoffman - A Deep Dive on Data - [Invest Like the Best, EP.320]

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