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The Y2K problem was bad enough. What about Y10K when we graduate from 4-digit years?

Hopefully, 8,000 years from now, we’ll have evolved into higher beings who don’t have to worry about electronics turning on us a la the Simpsons’ Halloween special a decade ago.

Meanwhile, here’s an example of why no one is safe:

This is real data. Look at the dateEnd field. Notice that these engagement deals are set to end in the year 9999. That’s a duration of 2.9 million days at $20 bucks an hour. Not bad!

Without an algorithmic way to clean data, this customer’s forecasting, historical, and KPI calculations were skewed by a set of erroneous $300M deals in their source data.

This is why even small businesses need algorithmic data correction. Want in?



Photo credit: The Simpsons, 20th Century Fox.



















Samuel Clemens
Sam is founder and chief of product & marketing for InsightSquared. Previously, Sam was VP Product at HubSpot, VP Product at BzzAgent, and on the founding team at His background also includes venture capital with Greylock Partners, the Algorithms group at, and management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton. Sam has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Applied Math from Yale. In his off time he dives shipwrecks in the New England area.
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