40 years ago, we began as a small company that develops, sells, and supports scientific visualization software.

Today, we still develop, sell, and support scientific visualization software, and more.

That "more" is providing the very best customer service, customer experience, and company culture. We aim to inspire the world by showing it is possible to provide a customer experience that makes people say "WOW!" and to foster a company culture that makes teammates say "this a breath of fresh air!"



Our scientific visualization software is used by scientists and engineers across the globe.

These individuals solve some incredibly complex and challenging real-world problems - they save lives, they help locate and preserve valuable resources, they conduct environmental impact assessments, and ultimately, they make the world a better place!

We are passionate about helping these individuals make their positive impact by enabling them to communicate complex information in an easy to understand visual format. Our customers are at the heart of all of our conversations, and this is the reason we have the best reputation in the industry for high quality, user-friendly software with legendary customer support.




Culture is the collective character of an organization, created by the people within it. The company culture isn't made by a mission statement; it's made by the team that lives it every day.

Golden Software Business Development Manager Zach Mills

Zach Mills
CEO & Product Team Lead

Golden Software Customer Support Manager Katie Yoder

Katie Yoder
Customer Success Team Lead

Golden Software Software Developer Ruth Rodman

Ruth Rodman
Development Team Lead

Golden Software Product Manager Dennis Seger

Dennis Seger
Technology Team Lead

Golden Software Product Manager & Training Lead Andrew Dudley

Drew Dudley
Account Manager

Golden Software Digital Content Manager Jake Stachewicz

Jake Stachewicz
Digital Content Manager

Golden Software Executive Assistant Laura Escalante

Laura Escalante
Executive Assistant

Golden Software Customer Support Engineer Greg McCotter

Greg McCotter
Customer Success Engineer

Golden Software Customer Support Brittney Ferrari

Brittney Ferrari
Customer Success Engineer

Golden Software Customer Support Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson
Customer Success Engineer

Golden Software Customer Support Rachel VanOsdol

Rachel VanOsdol 
Customer Success Engineer

Golden Software Product Manager Kari Dickenson

Kari Dickenson
Surfer Product Manager

Golden Software Product Manager Santiago Vivas

Santiago Vivas

Product Manager

Golden Software Product Manager Sheena Skinner

Sheena Skinner
Product Manager

Software Developer Zuyi Chen

Zuyi Chen
Software Developer

Software Developer David Luther

David Luther
Software Developer

Software Developer David Kouts

David Kouts
Software Developer

Golden Software Software Developer Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper
Software Developer

Golden Software NetSuite Administrator Eric Schultz

Eric Schultz
NetSuite Administrator

Golden Software DevOps Engineer Jesse Zuniga

Jesse Zuniga
DevOps Engineer

Golden Software CEO Blakelee Mills

Blakelee Mills




Founded in Golden, Colorado in 1983, Golden Software is the brainchild of Dan Smith, a graduate student in the Mining Department at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), and of Patrick Madison, a CSM computer science instructor. At that time, personal computers were new and their applications were limited. Mapping applications required mainframe computers and pen plotters.

Together, Dan and Pat developed a printer language that operated on a PC and required only a dot matrix printer. Their program, PlotCall, offered a dramatic improvement on the level of resolution available in a computer-generated map: most graphics programs of the time produced printouts that were based on "screen dumps" and limited the resolution to roughly 24 dpi. PlotCall, on the other hand, offered the full resolution of the installed printer--usually 200 dpi resolution (a breakthrough for the time).

As hardware and software technology improved, Golden Software's products evolved and remained at the leading-edge of scientific graphics software. In 1985, Surfer was the company's first program to take advantage of technological advances for terrain modeling, bathymetric modeling, landscape visualization, surface analysis, contour mapping, watershed and 3D surface mapping, gridding, and viewshed analysis. Grapher followed in 1986 and provided users with graphing capabilities previously limited to manual methods. 

In 2014, Blakelee Mills acquired Golden Software and spent the next 9 years as CEO focusing on the improvement of operational efficiencies. Under her leadership, the team implemented frameworks and processes on which the company could grow. She focused heavily on fostering a strong company culture, and as a result, the Golden Software team navigated many internal and external challenges successfully while staying true to their core values. In 2023, Blakelee stepped down as CEO as her heart was guiding her to focus on her family. She maintains ownership of Golden Software and assumes a strategic role, providing high-level guidance and direction to ensure Golden Software remains aligned with its core values and mission.

Today, Golden Software continues to develop innovative data visualization tools which support scientists in a wide variety of fields and settings. Golden Software is led by CEO Zach Mills who began his career as product documentation writer, before taking ownership of financial and product strategy. Zach's unique ability to understand both the scientific and technical aspects of the Golden Software products as well as the business development aspect of the software industry, led him into a leadership role with the company and the eventual position of CEO in 2023.

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