NuMega – Where are they now?

One of the best experiences of my programming career was during the golden years of NuMega.  Roughly defined as when I started in 1993, up to the acquisition of NuMega by Compuware, roughly five years later.  During those years, we put out some terrific products, most notably BoundsChecker and SoftIce/W.


I worked with amazing crew of people, and luckily I’ve managed to keep in touch with a lot of them.  Since the heart of that time was a decade ago, I figured it would be worthwhile to put down where they are now.


The risk in doing a list like this is that you’ll omit somebody.  There’s no slight involved on my part.  I may simply be having a “senior moment” or I’ve lost track of the person, so apologies in advance to anybody who I’ve left out.  No slight is intended.  Also, I’m limiting the list to just the people who were at NuMega fairly early.  I’m also still in touch with many of my friends who were at NuMega/Compuware in the later years.


  • Frank Grossman and Jim Moskun: Frank & Jim, the cofounders of NuMega are now running Mindreef, in Hollis, NH.  Mindreef’s first program is a SOAP debugging tool. Incidentally, I left Compuware for almost a year to work on the very first incarnation of Mindreef, which had a very different direction.


  • Dom Basile: The man behind SoftIce/W.  Still at Compuware, believe it or not.


  • Scott Gagnon: Sales. Now head of sales for Mindreef.


  • Becky Farland/Ayers: PR.  If you were at a NuMega trade show booth during the 1990’s, you probably saw Becky, who’s a dear friend of mine.  She’s now in Florida and works for Chen PR.


  • Paul Proulx: After retiring for awhile, he’s back at Mindreef, in a GM-type role.


  • Bob Newton: Tech support, later development on BoundsChecker and SoftIce/W. Still at Compuware.


  • Carol Tyler: QA & Dev Manager, now at Mindreef.


  • Jim Austin: BoundsChecker/TrueTime dev.  Now doing work for Wintellect.


  • Dave Seidel: BoundsChecker dev and Dev Manager, now at Mindreef.  (Are you noticing a pattern here?)


  • Bob O’Brien: PR. Bob’s still at Compuware, as the director of Corporate Communications.


  • Ed Sullivan: Dev manager, and ultimately overall lab manager.  He’s also written a bestselling development book, based on his experiences at NuMega.  Now a VP at EMC.


  • John Robbins: BoundsChecker & TrueTime dev, and dev manager. Now an acclaimed author and speaker, he cofounded Wintellect with Jeffrey Richter and Jeff Prosise. Wintellect is a top tier Windows training and consulting company.


  • Berni McCoy: BoundsChecker dev.  Now at Wintellect.  (Are you noticing yet another pattern?)


  • Dave Angel: BoundsChecker dev.  Was at Mindreef for awhile before retiring recently.


  • Daniel Grossman: Frank’s brother.  With Dave Seidel and I, cofounded the original Mindreef. Now a financial planner in Nashua.


  • Tom Guinther: SoftIce/W developer. Still in Nashua, working at various companies, and working on his own CLR implementation.


  • Jim Bail: Sales.  Now head of sales at Wintellect.


  • Mark Russinovich: SoftIce/W dev for a short while.  Afterwards, he went on to form the wildly popular with Bryce Cogswell.  He’s also a well respected author and programming instructor.


  • Jim Harris: BoundsChecker dev.  Now at Wintellect.  (Surprise, surprise…)

Comments (5)

  1. Darrell says:

    Wow. Interesting that all the people I know from Wintellect (thanks to the wonderful Sara Faatz, Marketing Director at Wintellect, who is an awesome user group sponsor) worked at NuMega.

  2. Wallym says:

    Matt Pietrek is one of the few folks I would consider a god! I have known your name for about 12 years now thru some the articles you have written in MSDN Magazine. I still remember one of the articles about memory utilization in the first meg of memory in Windows 3.x. Wow, I bow before your greatness.


  3. Richard says:

    I first used Boundschecker in the 1996-97 time frame and it was an awesome tool. Quite literally it paid for itself the first time I used it. You could spend a week tracking an elusive bug, or run Boundschecker on your project and take the rest of the week off! I got to the stage where I developed with BoundsChecker turned on and it found mistakes as I made them.

    I have to say though, I recently tried the latest version and it has gone from being a fast, slick problem-solving tool to corporate ‘bloatware’. I couldn’t get on with it, and uninstalled it. I think it’s a case of ‘Come back Matt!’

  4. Carol says:

    Hey Matt, are you hiding your VB experience? What about that great product we did at NuMega called SmartCheck? If only we’d been allowed to call it BoundsChecker for Visual Basic, everyone would know about it…

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