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1) Seattle User Group Kickoff Meeting

Monday, February 10th, at Building 34 on Microsoft Main Campus

That’s right,  Seattle’s group is gonna meet at the Mothership itself – the building where I worked when I was working on Power Pivot, which also happens to be the building where Bill Gates used to work.

We already have 70 of the 125 seats filled, so act fast!



Exclusive 20-Minute Video Kickoff Presentation by Yours Truly – You Can Only See This at MEUG In-Person Events (Such as Seattle on Feb 10)

2) Alchemy Update – Power Writing Session at Undisclosed Location

Yes we’ve been a bit behind on the new book.  But last week I took an emergency plane trip to the MrExcel Secret Winter HQ so we could get this sucker done.


Time Lapse Photos of an Epic Writing Session:

7 am Breakfast:  Eggs / Sausage / Choco Chip Pancakes for Me, Mahi Sandwich for Bill (Fancy!)
4 pm Recharge:  Holy Cow, Dr. Pepper Slurpee???  YES.  And Diet Coke for Bill (Bah!)
3 am Still Going Strong:  Note Empty Coffee Mug and Slurpee cup.

Summary of Results:

  1. On Day 1 we sent 150+ pages sent to off for copy editing.  Several of those chapters are already back in Bill’s hands for the addition of his magic touch.
  2. On Day 2 we added Power View, Power Map, and Power Query to the book.  We wrote about 70 pages or so on the spot, fueled by the fine nutrition pictured above.
  3. “Early Bird” preview versions will be available THIS MONTH to students of PowerPivotPro University (which is known as “Advanced Power Pivot” over on

3) PowerPivotPro University – Sign Up to Be Notified for Feb 10 Launch

Just a follow up from last week:  we’re counting down to the 2014 re-launch:

Click here to be added to the notifications list

If you have questions or just can’t bear to wait til next week, drop us a note at [email protected] Smile

Rob Collie

Rob Collie

One of the original engineering leaders behind Power BI and Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, Rob Collie founded a consulting company in 2013 that is 100% devoted to “the new way forward” made possible by Power BI and its related technologies. Since 2013, PowerPivotPro has rapidly grown to become the leading firm in the industry, pioneering an agile, results-first methodology never before seen in the Business Intelligence space. A sought-after public speaker and author of the #1-selling Power BI book, Rob and his team would like to help you revolutionize your business and your career.

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Hey Rob,

    Amazon just told me that my PWP Alchemy copy is about to be shipped.
    It has been a long wait since my pre-order last Nov 28th, 2013.
    Very anxious to read it.

  2. Rob, 7am looks delicious! I’m thinking about joining you, but even if I don’t u should swing by Prediction…say hi to the rest of the Power Pivot alum 🙂

    1. It was so delicious, we both ordered the exact same things the next morning before I flew home 🙂

      Sadly, I will not be there in person. Only in video form, like the holographic Tupac (but with one fewer dimension and a lot less swagger). The incredibly capable “anthropreneur” Geoff McNeely will lead the festivities 🙂

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