I’m Mike Piatek-Jimenez, the owner of Gaucho Software. I founded the company back in 2004 as an outlet for making great Mac software. But I’ve been a Mac user much longer. My parents bought a Mac 512Ke when I was 7, and I’ve been a fan ever since. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and later continued my education by studying meteorology at Central Michigan University.
While working toward my undergraduate degree, I spent a lot of time learning the open source operating systems FreeBSD and Linux. In 2002, I decided to contribute back to the open source community that taught me so much. I wanted to learn how to write apps for the Mac, so I started working on an open source system monitor called X Resource Graph (or XRG, for short). I released the first public version of it on October 24th, 2002. Once the feedback from users started rolling in, I was hooked.
In 2003 I went to the O’Reilly Mac OS X Conference to learn more about Mac development. That’s where I met a few Indie Mac Developers who inspired me to work on my own software full-time and start Gaucho Software. The name comes from the mascot of UC Santa Barbara, the Gaucho.
Two decades later the journey continues. I hope you enjoy using my software as much as I have enjoyed writing it.