Akuko is a data storytelling platform that makes it easy to build interactive maps, charts and tables from different data sources and combines them with photos and narrative text to tell a story with data. In building hundreds of dashboards for clients over the years, we have found that dashboards are great at telling you what is happening but not necessarily why. A key use of dashboards, we have found, is a source for screenshots that are included in reports or presentations where the additional context needed for shared insights can be added. While we still see value in dashboards (Akuko is actually great at building dashboards too!), we see an important role for data storytelling for anyone wanting to use data to better communicate key insights to specific audiences.