Spreadsheet Day 2017 Wrap Up

Thank you for celebrating Spreadsheet Day 2017! It’s been growing every year since I started this event on October 17, 2010. Here is a Spreadsheet Day 2017 wrap up, with some of the day’s highlights.

Apple II and VisiCalc

Quartz had a feature article for Spreadsheet Day — Apple’s first big break came because of the spreadsheet. For the first two years that VisiCalc was available, you could only run it on an Apple II. Dan Bricklin described the importance of that, in his 2015 interview with Quartz:

“VisiCalc…helped them sell the machine, which provided the money that went into the development of the Macintosh.”

Watch the video at the end of the article, to see Steve Jobs talking about VisiCalc.

Quartz Obsession

Spreadsheets were the topic in yesterday’s edition of Quartz Obsession. If you didn’t get that email, read it online. There are several short articles, a quiz about Excel functions, and a 1-question spreadsheet survey.

Bricklin and Frankston

Yesterday, Centage Corporation honoured VisiCalc creators, Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston, by naming a new training room for them. Bricklin and Frankston attended the event, and spoke about the early days of VisiCalc.

Spreadsheet Day on Twitter

There were lots of tweets about Spreadsheet Day too, and here are some of my favourites.

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Dan Bricklin mentioned other spreadsheet people:

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And finally, it’s hard to top this tweet from Mitch Kapor (Lotus 1-2-3)

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