I’ve always been a fan of MindGenius. It’s a well-designed program with lots of great capabilities, but there’s just one problem: It hasn’t been updated in years. According to managing director Donald MacIver, all that’s about to change.
I recently had an e-mail conversation with MacIver, and he agreed to let me share with you a bit of background about MindGenius, and what’s next for this mind mapping application. MindGenius has been produced by Gael Quality, a business based in Scotland whose flagship product is actually Q-Pulse – a software program that helps companies to manage compliance. MindGenius was developed almost as a hobby, a side pursuit of MacIver and his business partner. For several years, growing the business for Q-Pulse occupied all of their time, and MindGenius went fallow.
I’ll let MacIver explain the most recent turn of events in his own words:
“For a number of years, MindGenius has been treated as a poor cousin in the grand scheme of things, but Derek Jack and I (as owners) decided that with Q-Pulse doing great and with an excellent succession management team in place, we could afford to step back a bit from that business and develop the potential that we see in MindGenius and opted to give it a real go.
This is why we took MindGenius out of the Gael business in March and set up MindGenius Ltd as a separate entity. Derek and I have physically moved out of the Gael Office to kick start MindGenius in a new direction and we discipline ourselves to only get involved 4 hours a week in the Q-Pulse business, allowing us the freedom to explore where we want to go with MindGenius in the next 3 years . We already have taken significant strides on that journey. We might seem quite for another 9 months, but behind all that there is significant work going on – rest assured, we are in this game for the long haul and we think we can do with MindGenius what we have achieved with Q-Pulse, except on a grander scale.”
MacIver declined to discuss specifics about their planned direction for MindGenius, but I have no doubt it will be quite interesting!