Mission and Founder
Intentional Software’s mission is to make business domain knowledge more accessible and useful. We help customers record and process knowledge to activate and automate their knowledge work improving their productivity and accelerating their innovation.
Intentional Software was founded by Charles Simonyi, chief architect of Microsoft Word and Excel. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1981, Simonyi created the first WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Word Processor at Xerox PARC which revolutionized how business professionals create documents. Charles Simonyi holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University with a dissertation on “Meta Programming”.
You may have noticed the highlighted E and A in our logo, and the backwards E and the upside down A in our logo icon (∃ and ∀). E and A have special meaning in the Simonyi Law; they stand for Entities and Aspects. The backwards E and upside down A are important mathematical symbols called the existential and universal quantifiers. An important branch of mathematics – predicate logic – is based on them. They are read as there exists and for all, hence their form that relates them to the letters E(xist) and A(ll). They are used to formally say things like ”for all questions, there exists an answer”.
Intentional Software is not specially connected with predicate logic, but the allusion to the quantifiers in the logo is still meaningful. It reminds us that there exists an intention for all domain concepts. It also suggests that the special notations of a domain, like ∃ and ∀ in predicate logic, should be usable when expressing intentions.
The iconic form of the logo recalls the two quantifiers and adds the graphical element of an arrow symbolizing the generative techniques that are integral to Intentional Software.