Nearly 40 years ago while I was learning to program using punch cards, two Harvard MBA students were inventing a revolutionary new technology: The computerized spreadsheet. This tool is used thousands (perhaps millions) of times a day to ask the question “What if…?” to new business ideas.
Spreadsheets had existed since the beginning of the accounting era…but they were originally large sheets of paper where calculations were made using pencils and erasers. Creating an automated, computerized method for that was nothing short of a miracle. There is no way to describe the vast impact that VisiCalc software (see image) made on the world of business.
This podcast is only 30 minutes long and is a compelling trip back into the past to hear how this completely changed the way we do business today. Or, you can read this article if you prefer. It was the inspiration for the podcast.
I am reminded how easy it is to keep doing things the same way its always been done…but a creative mind asking “What If…?” can completely change the world.
As you work today, challenge yourself to ask “What If….?” on every task. You might just inspire a revolution!
Thanks for listening.