If you’re reading this post with interest, you’re probably a spreadsheet nerd. Don’t be offended - nerds are now considered cool.
While spreadsheets are definitely not considered cool (yet), they are respected for their power and versatility. Besides tracking budgets (👋) and calculating formulas, people are using spreadsheets to track their fashion choices, manage diverse projects, and even categorize break-up texts.
Spreadsheets are also the subject of some fascinating podcast episodes. We’ve curated a selection below.
We’d also love to hear about some of your favorite podcast episodes. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
1 - “The Podcast” Episode 85: Magic Spreadsheet
Rapid improvement (at anything!) requires a tight feedback loop, and for a feedback loop, you need… well, feedback — data. Radek had been tracking lots of such data (weight, habits, hours spent on different projects) in a big spreadsheet for almost 7 years. Michael just started recently.
37 Minutes - Get it Here
2 - “Planet Money” Episode 606: Spreadsheets!
This episode of the popular economics and financial news show was inspired by A Spreadsheet Way of Knowledge by Steven Levy. The episode recounts how Dan Bricklin invented the electronic spreadsheet in the 1970’s. This “obvious breakthrough” transformed industries. But, as we all now know, its effects ran deeper than that. "The spreadsheet is a tool, and it is also a world view — reality by the numbers."
20 Minutes - Get it Here
3 - “Optimal Living Daily” Episode 31: 10 Ways to Simplify Your Budget
A podcast on “the best content on personal development, productivity, and minimalism.” This specific episode reveals “10 Ways to Simplify Your Budget” from Zen Habits, which is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, and find happiness.
11 Minutes - Get it Here
4 - “Radical Personal Finance” Episode 267: Automate your Spreadsheets and Simplify Your Accounting
How could we skip this one? Joshua Sheats interviews Peter Polson, the founder of Tiller Money, about how Tiller automates the import of financial data into Google Sheets.
56 minutes - Get it Here
5 - “Not So Standard Deviations” Podcast Episode 9: Spreadsheet Drama
Hosts Roger Peng and Hilary Parker talk about the latest in data science and data analysis in academia and beyond. In this episode they talk about spreadsheets and why some people love them and some people despise them.
6 - “System Saved Me” Episode 28: Maximizing Google Spreadsheets
This podcast is about how successful people use systems to achieve and sustain success. This particular episode is about how Jen Glantz manages Google spreadsheets to run her business “Bridesmaid for Hire.”
18 Minutes - Get it Here
7 - “Don't Know How She Does It” - The firefighting mum whose life is ruled by an excel spreadsheet
Keiran is a firefighter, married to another firefighter, raising a daughter. So how does she juggle life-risking work with the school drop-off? Via a very, very organized Excel document. Every work shift, every sports game, every birthday invite goes into the spreadsheet or it doesn't happen.
23 Minutes - Get it Here
8 - “Fantasyland” Episode 1: Spreadsheets: The machinery behind the fantasy.
Fantasyland covers everything you didn't know you wanted to know about fantasy sports. Episode one is all about “Spreadsheets: The machinery behind the fantasy.”
38 Minutes - Get it Here
Bonus Video: Ted Talk: Meet the inventor of the electronic spreadsheet
Dan Bricklin changed the world forever when he co-developed VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet and grandfather of programs you probably use every day like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Join the software engineer and computing legend as he explores the tangled web of first jobs, daydreams, and homework problems that led to his transformational invention.
12 Minutes Get it Here