Phoenix and Dallas had the highest per capita pedestrian fatality rate among the 10 largest US cities in 2016, as shown in this bar-mekko chart. Chicago and New York were significantly safer for pedestrians, according to data provided by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA). Pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 in population varied from a […]
About David Goldstein
David Goldstein is an expert in building data-driven business charts. As the President of Mekko Graphics, he is responsible for this PowerPoint add-in that is used by the top strategy consultants. David heads Mekko Graphics’ sales and marketing efforts and works closely with the product and customer support teams.
He works with Mekko Graphic’s customers to help them choose the best way to present their data. David has developed webinars, presentations and toolkits to illustrate the best practice for data-driven charting.
David is a former Harvard Business School professor who has spent his entire career helping individuals and organizations find the best way to analyze and present data. As a researcher, he studied how managers use ‘Big Data’ to create and tell stories. He taught Information Technology and Accounting courses at Harvard Business School, IT Management at MIT Sloan, and IT, Business Strategy, Marketing and Organizational Behavior at Boston University.
As the Co-founder and CEO of Knowledge Management Associates (KMA), he led the development of the Mekko Graphics product. In addition, he has worked with professional services clients on multi-million dollar consulting engagements. David successfully pivoted KMA from an application development firm to a SharePoint firm, before focusing on the Mekko Graphics product.
David has been an active member of the Boston chapter of SIM (Society for Information Management) and has served on its Board as a roundtable chair, program chair and marketing chair.
He holds a PhD degree from MIT Sloan, Master’s degrees in Engineering and Applied Mathematics (Computer Science) from Harvard, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (with a Computer Science minor) from McGill University. He lives and works in the Boston area.
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While more women than men earned doctoral degrees, the ratio varied by discipline as shown in this Marimekko chart. Women earned less than 1/3 of the degrees in 3 of the STEM disciplines. The data for this chart is from a Council of Graduate Studies report on the 2016-2017 academic year. Women received 76% of […]
Olympics account for 3 of the top 6 over-budget projects. The Channel Tunnel, China’s Three Gorges Dam and Boston’s Big Dig round out the top 6. The data provided by Podio are summarized in this horizontal stacked bar chart. The Sochi Olympics had a total cost of $51B and ran 325% over-budget. This was the […]
Student loans now account for 11% of US consumer debt, up from 5% in 2008, according to data from the Federal Reserve. The 100% stacked bar chart shows mortgage, student loan, auto, credit card and other debt in 2008 and 2018. Overall consumer debt grew 5%. Student loans were $627B in 2008, making up 6% […]
Venue and food are the two biggest wedding cost categories, but they only make up about half of the average cost as shown in this Marimekko chart. Weddingwire's survey of 17,862 US weddings from 2017 showed that venue spending was over $13,000 and included lighting and flowers. Food spending, which included wedding catering, wedding cake […]
Over 1/3 of US workers are participating in the gig economy, while only 51% have one traditional job, according to a Gallup survey and as shown in this Marimekko chart. 64% have one or more traditional full or part-time jobs. 36% have at least one gig job. 14% have one full-time gig job, 6% have […]
In FY 2018, Microsoft’s revenue exceeded $100B for the first time. Net income reached $17B, which was a 35% increase over 2017. Microsoft's FY 2018 income statement is summarized in the cascade (waterfall chart) below. Revenue and cost of revenue are split between product and services. Products accounted for 58% or revenue and only 40% of […]
Netflix missed its quarterly forecast for net subscriber additions by 1M in Q2, which send its stock price down significantly. Over the last ten quarters, Netflix has only missed 3 times as shown in this bar-line chart. Its estimates have ranged from 2M too low to 1M too high. Bar Line Chart How I Created […]
The edible insect market is projected to grow about 24% per year over the next 5 years as shown in this stacked bar chart. The growth will be strongest in North America and Europe, according to data from Meticulous Research reported by Bloomberg. The worldwide market will grow from about $400M in 2018 to almost […]
Floyd Mayweather was by far the highest paid athlete as shown in this bar chart. He earned $285M, which was more than double the $111M earned by Lionel Messi. Eight sports are represented among the top 20 earners. There are three soccer players, all in the top 5 earners. LeBron James leads the four basketball […]
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