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Best data visualization tool for a startup, from start through scale?

Data visualization tools take time & money to properly build out and maintain to measure KPI's. What visualization tool can startups use to scale with so not having to rebuild down the road?

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awwstn's avatar
8 months ago
Metabase

I tweeted this question out and several people pointed me to Metabase. Haven’t used it yet, but it looks like exactly what I was looking for in the past when trying to avoid annual contracts and steep pricing to get started.

10 points
itsjackcohen's avatar
@itsjackcohen (replying to @awwstn )
4 months ago

@awwstn, any pricing data for the Metabase enterprise plan?

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @itsjackcohen )
4 months ago

We don't have any Metabase pricing yet—it actually wasn't in our product database, but we'll get it added soon and see if anything comes in.

2 points
jamoses92's avatar
8 months ago
Chartio (SMB), Looker (MM) & Tableau (ENT)

I agree with @awwstn. I’ve heard good things about Chartio, specifically regarding functionality. Unfortunately, due to pricing, I don’t think there’s a great startup through growth data visualization tool that scales with you. Migration is unavoidable. Tableau (now part of Salesforce), is designed for mature companies with deep pockets, whereas I feel Looker (now owned by Google) is great for MM/ENT companies and Chartio is best for SMB/MM startups.

8 points
maguay's avatar
8 months ago
Google Data Studio for a free tool

One tool that's perhaps the easiest data visualization tool to start using (and that's free) is Google Data Studio. It uses a familiar G Suite interface to let you build data reports, similar to presentations, with charts and text to present the data to your team or build dashboards. It's especially useful if your team already uses a number of Google products, as it can pull in Google Analytics, Ad Manager, YouTube, and Search Console data directly. And it works with Google Sheets and Google Cloud SQL, as expected—though you can also connect other databases hosted elsewhere, as well as 3rd party apps. It may not scale well over time—queries are limited to 1 million rows per record.

For more advanced data analysis, Looker is incredibly powerful—and it, too, is now part of the Google family of apps. Looker can be quite expensive, though, at around $3-5k/month from Looker pricing shared on Capiche, which can make it difficult to start out with for smaller teams. It's also quite a bit more difficult to start using, but is more flexible.

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@mike_seekwell (replying to @maguay )
8 months ago

We just opened up a beta for our dashboarding product at SeekWell (https://seekwell.io/). You need one person on your team that knows SQL (hence our name!). Drop me a note if your interested mike@seekwell.io. Pricing starts at $500 per month and is free while you're in the beta. We will also cap your pricing at $500 a month for life for being in the beta.

A little background on us. We observed a lot of teams using Google Sheets to build dashboards, but it was really painful to pull data into Sheets from your database. So we started by making that dead simple (write SQL, drop results in Sheets). As many of our customers grew, they needed better flexibility and have asked use to add dashboarding directly to our product, which is finally ready to beta!

5 points
awwstn's avatar
@awwstn (replying to @mike_seekwell )
8 months ago

This looks super cool!

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @mike_seekwell )
8 months ago

So essentially it runs SQL queries, then sends the results to Google Sheets (and syncs changes back)? That’s a really neat idea! And that could be helpful even in Data Studio then as you could use the spreadsheet as the Studio data source.

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mike_seekwell's avatar
@mike_seekwell (replying to @maguay )
8 months ago

Correct! Although the dashboarding feature would prevent you from needing Data Studio altogether

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awwstn's avatar
8 months ago
Chartio is a good option

Chartio is reasonably inexpensive, super easy to use, and fairly powerful.

The one issue I have with it, especially for startups, is that they only allow annual contracts, paid up front.

5 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @awwstn )
8 months ago

From what others have shared on Capiche so far, you could expect to pay around $1,700/year per user for their enterprise tool.

One team paid $1,788/user/year for Chartio's enterprise plan, plus $7,500/yr per 100 embeds. Another team paid around $5k/year for 3 users.

4 points
Cjaskoll's avatar
3 months ago

Tableau ontop of Snowflake

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