21 episodi

Numbers Geek is the podcast where we use numbers and data to make sense of the world. We take on issues from education to politics to basketball and beyond — with leaders in business, tech and entertainment. Our resident Numbers Geek is Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO and current owner of the L.A. Clippers. Numbers Geek is a GeekWire podcast, produced in partnership with USAFacts, the nonprofit data initiative founded by Ballmer.

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Numbers Geek is the podcast where we use numbers and data to make sense of the world. We take on issues from education to politics to basketball and beyond — with leaders in business, tech and entertainment. Our resident Numbers Geek is Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO and current owner of the L.A. Clippers. Numbers Geek is a GeekWire podcast, produced in partnership with USAFacts, the nonprofit data initiative founded by Ballmer.

    Finale: Most Important Numbers in the World

    Finale: Most Important Numbers in the World

    If GDP and the stock market don't fully capture the economic health of the U.S. and its citizens, what numbers should we be watching? What are the key performance indicators for the country, and the most important numbers for the future of the world? Those are the central questions on this final episode of Numbers Geek, the podcast that GeekWire has produced in partnership with Steve Ballmer and USAFacts, the former Microsoft CEO's non-partisan, not-for-profit civic data initiative. We'll hear a variety of perspectives, starting with the data-driven presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, conservative author and CNN commentator Amanda Carpenter, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and many more, including audience submissions. Thanks for listening to Numbers Geek!

    • 35 min
    A picture of America in numbers

    A picture of America in numbers

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's non-partisan, not-for-profit civic data initiative, USAFacts, today is publishing its third annual report on U.S. local, state and federal government — compiling and analyzing the government's own data to update Americans on the state of the country in much the same way as a business reports to its shareholders. In short, it's a picture of America in numbers.

    On this episode of our Numbers Geek podcast, a partnership between GeekWire and USAFacts, Steve Ballmer joins us to look at that picture, discussing highlights from the USAFacts 2019 Annual Report. Download the annual report here: https://annualreport.usafacts.org/

    • 33 min
    What Happened to the Middle Class?

    What Happened to the Middle Class?

    People from across the political spectrum use a lot of different words to answer the question of what happened to the middle class: Hollowed out, wiped out, disappearing, declining, doesn't exist anymore. But what's really happening to the middle class? What do the numbers say? We answer that question on this episode of Numbers Geek with Steve Ballmer. Learn more at usafacts.org and find more episodes at geekwire.com/numbersgeek.

    • 22 min
    Bonus: Steve Ballmer analyzes his team's historic NBA win

    Bonus: Steve Ballmer analyzes his team's historic NBA win

    With even more yelling and fist-pumping than normal, Steve Ballmer might not have seemed like an analytical guy to casual fans watching his LA Clippers come back from a 31-point deficit to defeat the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of their first-round NBA playoff matchup earlier this week. It was the biggest come-from-behind victory in NBA playoff history. But as listeners to this podcast know, the former Microsoft CEO has a passion for numbers, as well. Earlier today, before recording am episode of the show about the upcoming annual report on the U.S. government from Ballmer's nonprofit civic data initiative USAFacts, we took the opportunity to have him analyze the stats from the Clippers' historic win for this quick bonus episode.

    • 6 min
    Numbers of the NBA: Courtside with Steve Ballmer

    Numbers of the NBA: Courtside with Steve Ballmer

    Sure, you know how many points your favorite NBA player scored in his last game. But how do turnovers, field goal percentage and rebounds improve chances of winning? How did NBA rule changes impact average points per game this season? And how did "wins above replacement value" factor into the year's big trades?

    From the boardroom to the baseline, those are a few of the numbers that make a difference in the world of basketball, and we explore all of them and more on this episode of the Numbers Geek podcast. We recorded this episode behind-the-scenes and courtside during a game at Staples Center with L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and founder of our podcast partner USAFacts.

    • 26 min
    Shark Tank's billion-dollar blunder

    Shark Tank's billion-dollar blunder

    Back in 2013, Jamie Siminoff was the founder and chief inventor of a struggling video doorbell company, pinning all the startup’s hopes on his appearance on the television show Shark Tank. He walked out empty handed, as all five sharks went out, but five years later, he sold the company, now known as Ring, to Amazon for a reported $1 billion. On this episode of Numbers Geek, we continue our look at the numbers behind Shark Tank with the story of what was almost certainly the biggest miss in the show's history. Our guest is Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Ring.

    • 15 min

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