Hi everyone! I’m Marc Tassin, the Product Manager here at Ilium Software. I’ve been with Ilium Software since 2000 and I am “Employee #0001”. That is to say, I’m the first person to start working at Ilium Software who wasn’t one of the three founders.
So….want to know more about me? Then read on!
Still reading? Alright then! If you want to know what kind of guy I am I’ll sum it up in a few words: Computers, Star Wars, and Role-Playing games. It’s the nerd Trifecta, I know, but hey…it’s what I like! So let’s talk about computers since this is the Ilium Software blog after all.
I’ve loved computers since I got my first one back in 1980. I was 9 years old and my parents bought the Magnavox Odyssey 2 Micro Computer. They also purchased the Computer Intro! cartridge that explained how computers work (on an excruciatingly technical level). Plus, it let you start programming your own Odyssey 2 games. I was hooked. I never became an actual programmer but computers have been a big part of my life ever since.
I started out working part-time at Ilium Software doing general office work and light support. Later I became the main Technical Support guy. In time Quality Assurance (aka software testing) became one of my big responsibilities. Soon we were adding new people and I was passing down my hard earned knowledge to them and taking up new responsibilities. And then late last year I was made the Product Manager.
So what is a Product Manager anyhow? I’m sort of like a software architect. I draw up plans for a product then work with all the other people here to bring that product to life. It’s one of the most exciting and challenging jobs I’ve had. Of course I’m lucky because my job is made easier by the excellent people I work with here. We have great leadership, extremely talented programmers, and a fantastic software testing and support team!