Let’s hear it for Microsoft Excel: the spreadsheet just celebrated its 30th birthday. For a computer program, that’s some impressive longevity, and a testament to its influence.

For decades, the wealth management industry has relied on it — and it’s still used to manually manage the vast majority of the $120 trillion in global personal wealth. But, speaking from a design perspective, Excel is purpose-agnostic: the platform doesn’t care if you use it to plan your retirement or make a grocery list.

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