On the 16th of October 2019, it was 30 Years since Cadimage Solutions was established.
Following the Sale of Cadimage several people suggested I should write a book. I’ve never been too sure if I could write something as long as a book and keep the reader interested.
Generally, I’m a pretty forward-looking person though I do enjoy history as well, so, I decided in October 2019 to write a series of posts that provide some highlights from the Cadimage Story.
These views are my own and, in many cases, include some business lessons I picked up at various times during my time at Cadimage that I have been able to apply later in my career.
Warning some of the posts ended up a bit longer than planned!
- 1989 – Founding
- 1991 – ArchiCAD beginnings
- 1994 – Employee #1
- 1996 – Early Beginnings
- 1996 – Cadimage Employee (#2)
- 1999 – ArchiCAD API
- 2001 – Student Version Experiments
- 2001 – ARCHICADselect + New Zealand Tools
- 2003 – Buildmedia Founding
- 2004 – Going Global
- 2005 – Pricing Effects
- 2006 – Management Buy-out
- 2008 -Â Response to a Crisis
- 2011 – Acquisition of CADConsult
- 2012 – Acquisitions and Divestments
- 2013 – Switching Tools to Subscription
- 2013 – Pseudo ARCHICAD Subscription
- 2015 – Real ArchiCAD Subscription
- 2016 – Business Exit
Firstly, the saying “never let the truth get in the way of a good story” springs to mind and while I’m not saying I’ve deliberately changed the facts, hindsight and memory provide their own filters. Considering I wasnâ€™t part of the entire Cadimage Story, some of the early history has been handed down.
Secondly, I’ve had to rack my brain in regard to the dates and timing of some of the things that have happened. I think they are reasonably accurate, but mostly the story is more important than the date something happened. Fortunately, ArchiCAD release dates help pin some things down.