We're a lot like you. We're Mac users. We like to go outside on sunny days. We have kids and mortgages and dogs. We are real people who happen to make software. It's creative, it's fun, and it can be really, really hard. Some days we feel pretty smart, but we never have all the answers. And when everything goes right, we get to help people like ourselves live a little bit better. That feels pretty good.
We write applications for Macs and Apple mobile devices. We love our gadgets, but we love our families even more. So we try to help folks like us manage our paychecks and our bills and our future. We also spend more hours than anything else here doing something important: communicating with our users. That means solving your problems, listening to your comments, learning new things or hearing great ideas. It also means we develop our apps in a kind of partnership with you: people who buy them, use them, depend on them, and sometimes, even love them.
IGG Software, Inc. is a small company based in Putney, Vermont. It was started by Ian G. Gillespie, so his initials became its name. Ian is a real person, too, even if we hardly see him. We work virtually. That means we use everyday tools like email and chat to communicate among ourselves or with partners and customers, without coming in to an office. Instead, we are spread out around Vermont, across the country, or occasionally even abroad. No commuting cuts our carbon output, which is nice, but it also means we are a happy, motivated bunch. We wake up, plug in, and rock out.
A California native, Ian's academic background was in biology, botany and environmental studies. He comes to the field of technology purely out of personal passion, and has been writing Mac software for over a decade. He's also an avid birdwatcher, a soccer player, an old-time fiddler and an organic gardener. He lives in Vermont with his wife, their son, a dog, a cat, some chickens and a couple of horses.
Melissa Madden is straight-up New Englander. She grew up in Massachusetts, attended college in Maine, and has lived in Vermont for over 20 years. Her background in sales, business development and contracts administration for a couple of technology companies made her a great fit for IGG's support team. Melissa likes to be anywhere outdoors: in the garden, walking Ben (the family's Jack Russell), biking, hanging out by the lake... or on bigger adventures like her recent trip to Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks.
IGG's marketing guru is a professional nomad, literally and literally. He's wandered through various fields (publishing, real estate, technology) and pursued just as many creative endeavors (visual artist, club DJ, video director). Technically homeless, Scott has lived and worked in Vermont, Brooklyn, Barcelona, Paris and Oaxaca, Mexico, since joining IGG in 2008. Lately he's also been spotted in San Agustinillo, San Gimignano, Santa Monica, Saint-Malo and Santorini.
Developer Aaron Sutton grew up in SoCal, took a degree in Cognitive Science from UCSD, and in 17 years at Intuit, had the opportunity to work on multiple finance products and multiple platforms. But you're more likely to find him outdoors than anywhere else: scuba diving, snow skiing, golfing, playing tennis, camping, or just involved in his two kids' activities, including Little League and soccer.