Will Robus had the idea for what was to become Little Green Pencil while sitting in a board meeting for Madison Magnet. His recount follows:
We [Madison Magnet] were planning our annual golf outing and I went off into a day dream about what we could add to make the event more fun and worthy of the organization’s innovative “young professionals”. I remembered at the previous year’s outing there were 3 groups who happened to be playing next to each other. Near the end of the round, they were all tied or within one stroke. It came down to the last putt, and by then a group of people gathered around the green to see the results. It added a lot of excitement, even though the three groups were only playing for bragging rights.”
Will recruited his long time friend Stuart McIntosh as well as a fellow database developer colleague to put together a live scoring prototype to use in that year’s golf outing. It really wasn’t anything more than a fun programming challenge that the ad-hoc team was able to complete, but nonetheless, the first iteration of Little Green Pencil was used successfully in the 2011 Magnet Golf outing.
Steve Ramig, a fellow Magnet Board member was one of the participants of that outing, and afterwards encouraged Stuart and Will to continue developing the system. Steve was a director of development at the UW Foundation and said that he was party to numerous outings every year. He was certain they would love to use a live scoring system for their events.
With Steve’s encouragement and connections, Stuart was able to develop solid product and the team was able to connect with a few beta customers at first, then paying customers shortly after.
While live scoring remains the cornerstone of the Little Green Pencil product experience, we remain committed to what got us here in the first place… enhancing the experience of the golf event.