Fog Creek Software

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Fog Creek Software, Inc.
Industry Software
Founded 2000
Headquarters Manhattan, New York, NY, USA
Key people
Joel Spolsky
Michael Pryor
Products FogBugz
Fog Creek Copilot
Slogan N/A

Fog Creek Software is a software company specializing in project management tools. Its main products are FogBugz, a web-based project management tool; Fog Creek Copilot, a remote assistance tool; CityDesk, a desktop-based content management system; and Kiln, a source control and code review tool built around Mercurial and Git.

Based in New York City, Fog Creek was founded in 2000 as a consulting company by Joel Spolsky and Michael Pryor. As the consulting market started to dry up due to the collapse of the Dot-com bubble, Fog Creek moved to a product-based business, releasing FogBugz and CityDesk in 2001.[2]

In 2005, Fog Creek released Fog Creek Copilot, along with a documentary detailing the development process of the interns who created it.


One of the company's goals is to make the best programming work space possible. Its first large office, in Midtown Manhattan, was custom designed by architect Roy Leone. It featured angled walls to allow programmers a window next to their computer monitor to reduce eye strain.[3] Fog Creek's new offices, located in the Financial District of Manhattan have been similarly designed, this time with adjustable height standing desks, a library, and fully stocked kitchen.[4][5]

Trello spin-off[edit]

On July 2014, Fog Creek Software spun off Trello, a collaborative project management hosted web application, as its own company operating under the name of Trello, Inc.[6] The primary reason for the move was to attract new investors looking to invest in Trello alone as a product.


  1. ^ Kiln - Version Control and Code Review Software
  2. ^ Livingston, Jessica (2007-01-22). "Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days". Apress. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  3. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2003-09-24). "Bionic Office". Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  4. ^ Spolsky, Joel (2008-12-29). "The New Fog Creek Office". Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  5. ^ Wilson, Claire (2009-02-07). "A Software Designer Knows His Office Space, Too". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-02. 
  6. ^ Pryor, Michael. "A Special Announcement: Trello is now part of Trello, Inc.". Trello Blog. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 

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