Numerical Innovations Inc. is a minority owned business founded by Simon Garrison and Steve Geiger, two veterans of the PCB industry with nearly 20 years of software development experience.
Simon met Steve while they were both attending San Jose State University – Simon in the MESA Engineering Program (Minority Engineering Program), and Steve in the Business (Marketing) School. When Simon explained to Steve that he was disappointed in how cumbersome the CAD translation software in the market was, they decided to join forces to create Innovative CAD Software, Inc. (ICD) and they rest is history!
(Steve and Simon back in 2000)
By the late 90's, Innovative CAD grew from a two man operation to one of the most recognized companies in the PCB CAM market with it’s tools AutoGERB (world's first exporting of Gerber data directly from AutoCAD) and CAMtastic! (a CAM viewer which morphed into the first PCB DFM tool of its kind). They were the first in the industry to do some “cutting-edge” marketing by offering their products to be downloaded directly from the Web with a full 45 day trial, as well as offering complete online support. This and other sound business strategies positioned them for explosive growth and success. The ease of use, comprehensiveness and accuracy of their software tools started attracting big industry attention. ICD did a promotion with Altium, in which a seat of CAMtastic! was included with the purchase of their Protel '99 software; up to that date it was the most successful promotion 'ever' for Altium, and subsequently ICD was acquired by Altium in 2000 for its remarkable technology.
Simon (one of the leading African American software developers for PCB and IC related software) went on to work with Altium (in Sydney Australia) for several years managing their CAM division. Afterwards he started a new company MicroEDA focused on developing tools for the IC/MEMs industry which was later sold in 2006. Steve started a successful advertising and public relations firm, which he eventually sold as well.
Missing that spark and passion for the PCB market they joined forces once again to start Numerical Innovations, Inc., with a vision to provide intelligent solutions for the next generation of PCB manufacturing.
With tools like FAB 3000, DFM Now!, ACE Translator 3000, Numerical Cloud, and CloudDFM.com they are revolutionizing the way CAM and DFM are done for PCB – again with the philosophy of being easy to use, comprehensive and accurate, while providing exceptional value for their customers. We're proud to have a large and diverse customer base including leading companies such as: Apple Inc., Google, Microsoft, Intel, AMD, IBM, and hundreds of top universities worldwide. Just about every country in the world uses our software tools daily!
Mission Statement: We have become a leader in the EDA software industry by empowering electronic designers and engineers with clever, cost effective software to prepare their designs for manufacturing.
Miranda Yip (Sales Manager):
Miranda, just before the doors opened up at the PCB West show.
Steve Geiger (Marketing Manager):
Steve - Our Marketing Guru!
Simon Garrison (Engineering):
Simon - Demonstrating FAB 3000 and DFM Now!
Simon - Creating worldwide business relationships and satisfying the requirements of our valued customers.
[Standing from left to right: Danny Carr, Steve Geiger, Simon Garrison]
Danny Carr helped answer many of your technical support tickets, and was personally a mentor to me back in the 90's. Danny was an original pioneer who has worked in the PCB industry since the early 80's. He also created and maintained the popular printed circuit resource website: www.everythingpcb.com. Danny was a loving and proud father, plus an extremely talented musician who played guitar at many of the PCB West conference "jam sessions" over the past 20 years.
"Danny was such an interesting and incredible person - who helped give me confidence to write software by believing in me back in the mid 90's. Even though I was only 23 years old and an african-american Software Developer/Entrepreneur (not very common in Silicon Valley back then); Danny never doubted me and convinced his company to purchase my Gerber/CAM tool called "CAMtastic!" (my first significant software sale). 20 years later he continued to help out and believe in me. I am definitely hurt and will never forget you Danny." - Simon Garrison.