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Product news, puzzles, and everything in between. Because docs are the new blogs.
It’s us, Coda—the doc for teams! We have stories we want to tell you, about the features we build, our makers, and our company.

You may recall that we used to keep them all on
. While it got the job done, we yearned for a different medium. We wanted to tell our stories with interactive data, demo features, and invite voting and collaboration. We wanted to communicate through a Coda doc. As soon as we launched publishing—the ability to turn any coda doc into a sleek, shareable website—we started bringing the blog home.

So, search or browse articles. Check out our Codan “columnists”—like Maria, our Customer Educator, or Al, our Excel-wiz-turned-Coda-expert. Equip yourself with tools for success with one of our
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We hope you enjoy reading our docs half as much as we enjoy creating them.


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Maria's column
21 makers just graduated from our first Doctorate class—and I can’t stop smiling.
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The steps I took to establish a sustainable process for answering questions
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improve my own productivity.
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Three simple tips to ensure you're driving results from written documents.
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Design your team's Meeting Operating System with this step-by-step guide.
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In a socially distant and fully-remote year of work, we’ve used Zoom for so much more than our usual business needs: bringing Codans together for company kickoffs, tag-ups, weekly demos, 1:1s, social hangs, birthday celebrations, and so much more.
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We’ve raised $100 million in a Series D round led by Ontario Teachers’.
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My experience in Coda’s engineering internship program.
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Maria's column
Up-level your skills with an immersive 5-week program.
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Product
Or, how you can really get the most out of Coda
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Culture
Hackathon is one of our most sacred rituals at Coda, and we’re excited to give you a behind-the-scenes look, plus a template so you can run your own Hackathon.
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The details behind our custom templates system.
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How we changed our interface to give you even more space to make.
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Coda building blocks, stacked just how you like
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How to make better, faster decisions with a group.
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A look into the design process of one of Coda's top requested features.
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To keep work interesting, fun, and collaborative, despite a global pandemic that has prevented us from meeting in person for over a year (including some of us who interviewed, got hired, and ramped up entirely remotely!), we rely on a number of rituals.
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The Best Planning Process doesn't exist. But the best planning process for your team does—if you're willing to make trade-offs. Here's a look at how Coda balanced bottoms-up reflection, top-down strategy, and bottoms-up planning.
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A look at the rituals of company culture we evolved over the past year.
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Inside Coda's weekly company health check
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Make your docs more engaging with reactions.
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We repurposed our internal card generator ー which we normally use to thank guest speakers and celebrate coworkers when they hit life milestones ー and prepared for a Vday pun-off.
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Maria's column
How I improved my most-used doc with Coda's 2020 product improvements.
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Al's column
A tutorial on how you can sync and analyze your Peloton workout stats into Coda with custom dashboards. Sync with a Google Apps Script or serverless function on Google Cloud.
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Maria's column
We're weaving large data sets together in the final part of our series: multidimensional schema.
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A look at how we flipped the script on 2020.
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You only need to learn a few to see a big result.
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How we combined the pliability of spreadsheet formulas with the functional power of modern programming languages.
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We're simplifying large datasets in part three of our schema series: base/detail.
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We’re scaling and connecting your data in part two of our schema series: star schema.
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Al's column
This tutorial shows how Google Sheets, ClickUp, Monday.com, Wrike, Smartsheet, Notion, and Coda handle task dependencies for a project.
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Maria's column
In our first blog post of this four-part series, we're going to explore One Big Table—a flexible schema that's perfect for getting started.
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Make your doc a kinder, more convenient space for collaboration.
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Tutorial on exporting your Jira issues into Google Sheets and Coda, and comparing the two different platforms for analyzing and syncing Jira issues.
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Recap of the Coda August 2020 meetup with Kevin Levine, Associate Director of Colleague Relations @ Hyatt Hotels in NYC
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We raised a Series C round, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ll build next.
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Make your meetings more inclusive with this table.
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Recap of the Coda July 2020 meetup with Ariana Cofone, VP of Operations at Decoded.
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Maria's column
Learn the secrets to effective executive and administrator collaboration
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Maker stories
To reduce duplication of efforts and establish a source of truth, the MasterClass team turned to Coda to build their own custom class launch doc.
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Maria's column
Maria and her husband Steve (who also works at Coda) live like a small startup—with clear communication, collaboration, and daily check-ins.
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The connection between Support and Engineering also contributes to what the future of your product looks like, and the learning can be incredible.
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Recap of the Coda May 2020 meetup with Matt Galligan, VP of Design at Earnest Research
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We're unveiling a new home for docs: A totally rebuilt Doc Gallery where makers can explore—and share—what they've made.
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How Coda's user experience became fragmented and what we did to fix it.
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With infinite unique possibilities for your docs, it’s no surprise that our support process doesn’t always provide a one-and-done solution.
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Al's column
We’re always on the lookout for spreadsheets or docs that could translate into awesome Coda docs. Here’s how we rebuilt a car cost comparison Google Sheet in a Coda doc.
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It recently occurred to me that there must be a way to goad myself into doing more fulfilling activities. And that’s where Coda came in.
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How design and engineering collaborated at Coda to build Packs Tables.
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Your Product Brief deserves to be more than a PM bandwidth consumer.
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The idea is pretty simple: You can build your own internal business apps with Coda.
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Maria's column
When we’re presented with a problem in work or life, we look for a solution cobbled together from available tools. Here’s how we used Coda to increase the value of a Google calendar.
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Al's column
Blacksmiths were masters of their tools. Today's creators and makers are mastering their tools in a unique way.
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Maria's column
Charlotte, Customer Champion extraordinaire, and I recently sat down to explore Coda’s customer feedback tracker.
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Today we launched Publishing. That means you can now turn any Coda doc into a sleek, shareable site for the world-wide web.
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Meeting culture may differ from company to company, but the value of a touch-point meeting for the entire company does not.
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Our 2020 began with a flurry of requests to makers who inspire us with the hope that they would Coda-fy their insights into actionable docs that inspire you. The result is a robust collection of unique, practical, widely-applicable docs, from bona-fide stars.
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Maria's column
One of the most common uses for spreadsheets is a list of data. But what if you could translate that list into something more valuable?
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Providing transparency into how your team is using Coda and the power to act on it. Introducing the Membership Activity Log.
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Documents and spreadsheets haven’t changed in over 40 years. We need a new doc that brings words, data, and teams together.
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We started 2019 by working on core building blocks — launching mobile, automation, Packs Tables, and so on. In 2020, our work will be geared toward simple scenarios like note-taking and to-do lists and making sure that they really shine in Coda.
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As we dream up our 2020 roadmap, we’re taking stock of last year’s accomplishments.
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Maria's column
And now for a little end-of-the-year self-indulgence.
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Welcome to the world of authentication through single-sign-on (or lovingly known as SSO)!
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Turn your pile of Google Docs into one magical Coda doc.
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Refer a friend to Coda, and get credit for both you and your friend.
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Maker stories
Intercom’s R&D roadmap and goals were stuck in disconnected spreadsheets and documents. So Aislinn built a Coda doc to keep R&D, Sales, and Marketing on the same page.
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An inside look at how Chris Green’s team repeatedly scales successful technology startups.
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Al's column
Two senior product managers at Flatiron School keep their internal teams productive and engaged through various Coda docs.
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How to sync data from one Coda doc to another.
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Stay in control of your doc.
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Coda 1.0 was for makers. Coda 2.0 is for the whole team.
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Take a tour of the doc that Jenny uses to boost her design team’s professional growth
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Organizing your music collection with Spotify.
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Al's column
The doc for the management team to keep track of topics and actions items.
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Ellen Chisa elevated her to-do system with Coda's Packs.
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Can you create a table that shows all the unique combinations of fruit? 🍏🍍🍇🍓
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Coda does things a bit differently than a lot of startups in the Valley, with the goal of both building for the long-term, as well as attracting a broad range of talent.
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The new Coda Packs, now with data sync.
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Today we’re excited to introduce templates inside your doc. Not only is the entry-point much closer (now you can find them right under the red plus sign), the templates themselves are smaller, simpler to understand, and usable right off the bat.
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We changed our interface to give you more space to make.
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Al's column
How Rent the Runway improved mobile app development with Coda.
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Send a Slack message every hour, automatically, to amuse and annoy your colleague on their birthday.
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3 methods to do a one-way data sync in Coda and Google Sheets.
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Spaced repetition is a powerful technique for committing almost anything to memory. Normally, to use spaced repetition, I’d need to download or even buy a pre-made app. With Coda, I made my own totally customizable spaced repetition app in just one day.
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Now everyone can make a doc as powerful as an app.
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The last couple years, we’ve been on a mission to make the experience of copy/pasting a link into Coda as fun and powerful as possible — giving you options to display a URL with a simple card, an embed, or with a live data connection via Packs. But until today, those features were hard to find.
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Al's column
A new wave of makers can unleash their creativity like never before.
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Today we’re welcoming everyone into Codaーand it comes with a new mobile experience. Now everyone can make a doc as powerful as an app.
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Al's column
Paste Special Values in Excel prevents automation and transparency of your data.
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Puzzles
As a tribute to the old school, can you build a Calculator?
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Can you build this GIF slider that updates based on the rating?
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Al's column
Whether you run a team meeting or all-hands, handling live audience Q&A can be tricky. Instead of custom software, build your own live audience polling and voting doc.
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Maker stories
Meet Hope and Michele, and the inventory-management doc they call Kamille.
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Al's column
Building your own product plan example is easy in Coda. With this product plan template, you can quickly view your team’s resource allocation across various product features.
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Puzzles
For your big puzzle, use the Wikipedia Pack to recreate this guessing game.
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A bite-sized puzzle featuring the Gmail Pack.
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Al's column
How do you quantify your marketing department's efforts on bottom-line sales?
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Formulas for linking tables together in Excel vs. Coda vary greatly. In Excel, you rely on old formulas you’ve used before, but Coda’s building blocks make column referencing more intuitive.
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Do more than just manipulate how you see the information in a doc. Change the content of a doc, and with Packs, even take actions outside of it.
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Al's column
Why you will be disappointed with the software you buy
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Maker stories
Most recruiters have their own separate system to organize themselves, which can lead to a host of disconnected spreadsheets. That’s why Jenny and Shanae consolidated everything into one Coda doc with visibility and views for all.
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One of our most important building blocks — Views — just got much more powerful. Now you can customize your data down to the very row, zooming in what’s important and hiding the rest.
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Why I can't look at data the same anymore
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Introducing Packs.
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When we approached Intercom about building on their platform, we knew we wanted to create something in this same spirit of casual conversation. A way for users to give feedback casually and quickly. A new kind of suggestion box — that’s actually a Coda doc.
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Puzzles
Make a game board that uses buttons to let you play Tic Tac Toe.
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Maker stories
Liz knew she could eliminate some of the chaos by doubling down on consistency. How? With a template.
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A button invites interaction. It offers your teammates a clear, safe way to update or add to a doc. So collaborators can become users, and your doc can become an app.
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New features.
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Maker stories
Coda was still a fledgling startup when Yuhki and Yixin began building their tracker for Uber’s new driver app (codenamed “Carbon”)—a doc that launched one of the largest redesigns in Uber’s history.
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Al's column
Hello. My name is Al and I’m addicted to spreadsheets.
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New features.
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Puzzles
For our fourth puzzle, we're asking you to create Mad Libs inside of Coda. Come up with questions, then bug the cubicle over for answers.
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Al's column
Shishir Mehrotra, CEO of Coda talks about the "Maker Generation" at the April 2019 NYC Maker Meetup.
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Coda is now on Zapier, which means you can connect your Coda docs with over 1000 different apps.
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Can you create an Oscars voting doc like this one?
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We love puzzles at Coda. Not only are they our preferred procrastination method, they also get at an important product tenant of ours: Encourage play.
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Can you make a table blink?
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Introducing Coda.
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