When I was running a consumer mobile internet business, one thing I did most frequently was…

Unlock my tablet and stare at the dashboard.

Like one of the many here:

Addicted to these

Not only me, all my colleagues seemed to have the same addiction: one peek at the dashboard (which was updated real time) once every five minutes.

This ritual was also the first thing when we woke up, and the last thing before we went to bed.

Sometimes, we just stared together at the dashboard, as if by our sheer mental power, the numbers on the dashboard will improve.

Just like when many watch soccer on TV, they kind of believe that their watching (and emotions) actually had any influence on the players.

At the end of the day, whatever that is shown on the dashboard is just there to indicate – you still need to apply judgement, interpret, and ultimately ACT to improve the business.


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Jianggan Li is the Founder & CEO of Momentum Works. Prior to founding Momentum Works, he co-founded Easy Taxi in Asia, and served as Managing Director of Foodpanda. The two years running Rocket Internet companies has given him a lifetime experience on supersonic implementation, and good camaraderie with entrepreneurs across the developing world. He holds a MBA from INSEAD (GMAT 770) and a degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. Unfortunately he never wrote a single line of code professionally - but in his first job he was in media, travelling extensively across Asia & Europe, speaking with Ministers & (occasionally) Prime Ministers. Apart from English and his native Mandarin, he is also fluent in French and conversational in Cantonese & Spanish. He tried to learn Latin (for three years) and Sanskrit (for six months) as well. In his (scarce) free time, he reads, travels, hikes and dives. Pyongyang, Tehran & Chisinau are among the interesting cities he has been to.