Golden Software Co-Founder Patrick Madison

Fun Facts

  • Pat has hiked all of Colorado's 14ers
  • He is a sculptor and his work which includes larger-than-life butterflies and trout, can be found around Golden, CO

Patrick Madison co-founded Golden Software in March, 1983 with partner Dan Smith.  Patrick and Dan launched Golden Software with a computer generated mapping program they created called PlotCall which offered a dramatic improvement on the level of resolution available in a computer-generated map. This program was revolutionary at the time as personal computers were new and their applications were limited.  With the success of PlotCall, Patrick left his position as a Colorado School of Mines computer science instructor to join Dan in creating additional scientific mapping programs and growing their new software business.  As co-founder, Patrick was responsible for company management, finances, and product development.

When not at work, Patrick is involved with the Rotary Club of Golden and is the President of the San Francisco Row Homeowners Association.  Further, Patrick serves on the Board of Directors of the Golden Civic Foundation and the Board of Directors of a local theater group called Miner’s Alley Playhouse.  In his free time, Patrick enjoys hiking, backpacking, cross-country and downhill skiing sculpting, running, yoga, mountain climbing, international travel.  Patrick holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Montana and resides in Golden with his family.

Golden Software, founded in Golden, Colorado in 1983, is a leading provider of scientific mapping and graphing software packages.  The company specializes in creating programs which analyze complex data and convert this data into user-friendly visual tools such as maps, graphs and charts.  Golden Software products are used in mining, engineering, medicine, applied science and university settings. The company celebrated its 33rd anniversary in 2016 with more than 250,000 software licenses sold, in nearly 190 countries and territories, on all seven continents.

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