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Community // Financial modelling chats on Clubhouse
Clubhouse has exploded in popularity in the last few months. Financial modelling can be a lonely endeavour and so we're always interested in building new ways to build community. Together with Danielle Stein Fairhurst, we're testing the water with a few Financial Modelling chats on the platform. On Monday, March 1st at 7pm UK time we'll be joined by Rickard Wärnelid to discuss Getting Started in Financial Modelling. The following Monday at the same time we'll be discussing Financial Modelling for Start Ups with Taylor Davidson.
Tools // How to repair corrupt or damaged excel files
Excel still crashes. A lot. And sometimes we can be left with corrupted excel files. Stellar Repair for Excel is a free tool for repairing corrupt or damaged Excel files. As well as repairing the file it can cover tables, Pivot tables, charts, chart sheets, etc while preserving spreadsheet properties and cell formatting. Download here.
Tech update // Rows raises $16M to build and populate web apps using spreadsheet skills
Rows is a low-code platform that lets people populate and analyse web apps using a spreadsheet interface. It has just announced closing a $16m series B raise. The round was led by Lakestar with past investors Accel participating. The platform focuses on using a spreadsheet interface but allowing easy integration with other cloud applications. Read more.
Article // What is the difference between a habit and a routine?
Effective financial modelling is a habit. There are lots of hacks on the internet about quick ways to build new habits. The neuroscience behind habit formation however doesn’t support quick fixes. Dedicated commitment is what, time and again, has proven to lead to change. The first step towards creating long-term change involves building routines — not habits themselves. This is useful for building skills in any area, not just modelling. Read more
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And finally // Are you a blamer?
When things go wrong, as they very often will, the first reaction many of us have is to figure out who's to blame. In this short video, Brené Brown considers why we blame others, how it sabotages our relationships, and why we desperately need to move beyond this toxic behaviour. It's the best investment of three minutes you'll make today.
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