Ted Johnson’s Visio Corporation Info: “In just over two years, we had started a company, built a team, raised two rounds of venture funding, designed, built, tested, documented, and taken-to-market the last highly-successful commercial desktop application.”
Great backstory on the inspiration for, and the creation of, Visio 1.0. Two years is all it took to create the first release.
Definitely software’s golden age.
In late 1991 I was laid off from AgData. At that time there were even fewer tech companies in the San Joaquin Valley than there are now so I packed a bag and drove up to Seattle. Kim’s Dad lived there at the time so I had a place to stay while looking for a job.
I found a contract job a few days after I arrived. Amaze, !nc had just released the Windows and Mac versions of The Farside Calendar. It was mid-November, the test and development staff were burned out and they needed help testing the DOS release of the calendar.
All of that backstory just to say I remember driving home each night, pulling out of the Kirkland business park where Amaze was headquartered, driving past a time temperature sign on Interstate 405 that read 38 degrees. It was always raining, always.
I was reminded of that time when I took our pup out this evening to do her thing. It was 35-degrees, it felt nice. Strange how my brain works.