One day in 1989 co-workers Gary Heath and Martin Davis had a four-hour parking lot discussion about how an application could be built to view multiple file formats and still run in minimal DOS memory. Marty's daughter had a chalkboard in her room so they met there the next day to sketch out a preliminary design for their idea. The premise was simple: If we build a good product, people will buy it. With just a chalkboard roadmap, $5,000 and two computers, IGC was born. The product they designed eventually became MYRIAD, the company's first product, and the rendition platform technology on which it resided.
Along the way the company leveraged the rendition platform they were creating to create consumer software products for viewing image and text content (information about human anatomy, how cars work, how computers work). The most popular in the series was Bodyworks, which sold over 350,000 copies through a software publisher.
The company also secured distribution partners for MYRIAD, including the company’s first partner, Japan-based Nippon Steel Corporation, which contracted with IGC to port and localize the MYRIAD DOS product to Hewlett Packard Unix. In 1992, Sherpa Corporation entered into distribution agreement with IGC to port MYRIAD to additional hardware platforms and became IGC's first PLM partner. Additional data management and OEM and distribution partners soon followed, including Computer Vision, Autotrol, PTC, Novasoft and many others. The company learned early how to work well with, and fully support, large solution provider partners.
In 2001, IGC made the strategic decision to focus efforts on bringing quality viewing and collaboration to enterprise content. The company then targeted, and succeeded in securing, partner relationships with top tier solution providers. Once established, the company added related products and technologies for rendition publishing, content security, print serving, and redaction.
The company has been entirely self-funded since its inception. To do that meant learning key lessons about what partners and customers value most and providing it. It also meant continuing the innovative spirit that started it all.