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Gutierrez: Do you codify what you learn from each A/B test? Smallwood: We definitely try to look at themes of things we learned across the tests, but the focus is more on where else we can do testing that we’re not doing yet. We would love to test in the content space to learn more about the titles and catalog makeup that are most important to our customers, but we don’t want to test things that are a negative experience for customers. So we haven’t and won’t do that. ” Still, not only do we have contractual agreements with the studios, but we also don’t want to degrade the experience for our customers.
Now, you can’t always do that, because you want granular data that you can aggregate in as many ways as you want to later when you think of new ideas. But there are certain things you know that you really don’t need. We try to weed out as strongly as possible in things, but you’re never one hundred percent right. You’re occasionally going to have to go back and rework things. You just want to try to minimize that. Gutierrez: How do you think about the technology selection for the data stack? Smallwood: This is a hard one because technology, especially in the data space, evolves more quickly than most companies can evolve.
Is it a curiosity, or is it something that’s actually going to be used for an important decision, or for an important process or product? Or is it something that’s operational in nature? And is there already something there that’s pretty good and you’re just looking to optimize it? Or is it something where there’s nothing’s there, and it’s just a glaring issue where you know you can improve things dramatically? There’s a judgment call there that comes from understanding the business priorities, as well as understanding what you know you could offer from a modeling or algorithm standpoint.