Company History continued
On the way back from the conference, the two engineers met with a contractor who suspected there may be a mistake in the plans for a large State Highway project. John and his partner agreed to analyze the project for the contractor. Their fee at t he time was $1100 for the analysis. The analysis, completed with their software, confirmed that a mistake had been made on the highway job saving their client about $100,000. This cemented their commitment to creating real results for their peers in the industry.
In 1983, still working out of John’s basement, with not much more than a dream of what the business could be, the two introduced Eagle Point Software as an innovative platform designed by Engineers for Engineers. By the early 1990’s Eagle Point Software was recognized as one of the nation’s top, fastest growing, privately held companies. Forbes Magazine featured Eagle Point Software in March 1993, and INC. ranked the company on its “1993 INC. 500.” Eagle Point went on to make the next two INC.500 lists, ranking 230th in 1994 and in 1996 they ranked 385. In 1994 Upside magazine honored Eagle Point on its first list of “Emerging Stars,” the 140 fastest growing tech companies in the United States. In 1996 the company was named “Software Developer of the Year” by Autodesk Asia Pacific. In 1997, Eagle Point was one of the five companies and one individual to receive the Governor’s Export Award. The extraordinary growth led to the company’s IPO but also caused some growing pains.
The days preparing to go public, then becoming a publicly traded company, were some of the hardest days for John. “We went from a culture that literally began with people and innovations and then, you could feel the shift away from those core values,” Biver said.” Before we were listed on NASDAQ, our team mattered, our customers mattered and at the time we went public, everything changed and those values that the company was built on were all but gone.”
in 2001, John purchased the company’s outstanding stock and changed the firms’ publicly traded status back to a private enterprise. His commitment to focusing on hard work, integrity and the people — his team and his customers’ needs, resulted in the business’ next chapter.
By 2008-2009 there was too much content and so many updates to Eagle Point’s software that the engineers and architects were not able to keep up with new features and how to use them. It was a glut of information overload that was now hurting efficiency– the very thing that the tech was designed to create!
Once again, driven to be part of the solution within the AEC space, Eagle Point developed Pinnacle Series. Pinnacle Series helps AEC firms get the most out of their software investments. The platform has grown to become Learning Management Software with assessments, personalized professional development paths, a repository for gathering and sharing best practices, workflows and SOP’s. Eagle Point has been serving AEC firms since before they were a company.
In January 2020, the pioneers at Eagle Point released content for Autodesk Construction Cloud including Assemble, PlanGrid, BuildingConnected and more. Importantly, Pinnacle Series has also become a repository for interoperability workflows, which helps firms organize roles, responsibilities and allows them to use their complex software effectively for end to end solutions in AEC.
“I envision that we will forever be looking for ways to help organizations in the AEC space,” John said. The new-found rush to use “constructech” to save money and increase ROI in the construction space is a natural fit for Eagle Point Software’s near-term growth. “And in 10 years, it may or may not be Pinnacle Series, but I can tell you that we’ll have something even better and faster that helps provide real improvements for AEC firms.”