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.
It's a toss-up: does she spend more time taking care of customers or her three horses? Probably the latter, but only because her workday is spent managing the support team, updating bank connections, doing quality assurance and more - along with hands-on customer help. IGG's second employee, Nancy decompresses by painting, cycling, volunteering, or going really, really fast on her BMW R1200 ST (that's a big motorcycle). She's currently snowshoeing and hiking the hills of Vermont, training for upcoming adventure races.
QA technician Jason Staloff studied art history before he got stuck in his college's Unix lab. Later he worked for New York's famous indie Mac shop Tekserve before leaving the big city for Vermont. He gets his hands dirty repairing old machines, pilots a vintage Citabria airplane, brews his own beer, and is a member of the East Dover, VT, volunteer fire department. He and his wife have two kids and a bunch of chickens, and he wants to remind you to make regular backups of your data.
Support's Kristen Barth, an actual Vermont native, is another of our jills-of-all-trades. She's done web design since the dawn of web design, is a licensed K-12 health and phys ed teacher, and in a combination of the two, an education technology specialist. Kristen likes getting around in wheeled conveyances of all sizes, from riding her scooter to traveling by RV. She has two chihuahuas, is a self-described "weather geek," and has been a proud Mac user since 1985.