The story begins in February 2005 when a burned out IT professional who had been doing voluntary work for the local blind society thought it would be a good idea to produce a piece of software that would suit the needs of blind people who were trying to use computers for the first time. So I spent a couple of months developing a product which I decided to call Twitter - it stood for talking word-processor, internet, typing tutor, email resource.
Over the next few months I sank most of my savings into marketing it (without too much success) at various exhibitions around the country, including Sight Village in July 2005. I ran into all sorts of problems with it, ranging from different operating systems giving conflicts, run-time errors and sometimes requiring additional drivers through to people not knowing their POP3 and SMTP server settings, and so forth.
Then one day my blind friend, expressing his frustration at not being able to use his newly acquired computer to do all the things he thought he'd be able to do with it, said to me, "I only bought the computer to have some fun". So, with this in mind, I set about creating some computer games, which had the voices built-in and could be run off the CD, so he wouldn't need to install anything.
There's no mystery about the origins of the name I chose for the new venture - Azabat is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the expression "blind as a bat".
More than 4 years have sinced passed and Azabat Software has become an established name offering more than a dozen different products, sold across the world by leading businesses and charities.