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About Charley Kyd

I've been developing and using spreadsheets in business for a long time...from VisiCalc, to Lotus 1-2-3, to every Windows version of Excel. 

by Charley Kyd, MBA
Microsoft Excel MVP, 2005-2014
The Father of Spreadsheet Dashboard Reports

Charley KydI'm the founder of, the leading web site about the business use of Microsoft Excel. I've got an MBA from the University of Washington, and have been a Microsoft Excel MVP since 2005.

I'm also the father of spreadsheet dashboard reports. Specifically, I created...

I've been using spreadsheets for35 years...

  • While working as a cost accountant at Hewlett Packard in the late 1970s, I beta tested VisiCalc.
  • As the CFO of several manufacturing companies in the 1980s, I used nearly ten different brands of spreadsheets, including a 3-D spreadsheet created by the Boeing Corporation.
  • As a columnist for LOTUS magazine, I helped business users of 1-2-3 to get more value from their spreadsheets.
  • As a columnist for Business Software magazine, I beta tested the first version of Excel for the PC.

I've written four books about spreadsheets for major publishers. I wrote one book about financial management with Lotus 1-2-3, two similar books about Excel for Microsoft Press, and one book about programming Excel for Microsoft Press.

I've published nearly 50 articles and columns in national magazines, including Inc, Management Accounting, LOTUS, Byte, PC World, Business Software, and Business Performance Management.

I've consulted for both large and small companies in industries as diverse as high-tech manufacturing, public utilities, telecommunications, hardware stores, foundations, and a fat rendering company.

Excel users in more than half the countries in the world use my Excel dashboard ebook and templates. Customers include Excel users working in many small companies, and in the largest companies in the world, in the five largest accounting firms in the US, and in the four largest broadcasting networks.

Customers also include people working in banks in at least 30 countries, more than 200 universities, hundreds of hospitals and other healthcare organizations, and each company that makes up the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Customers also include Excel users working in many city, county, and state governments, federal agencies, military organizations, and foundations.


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