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Flying Duck Computer started off as the sole proprietorship Flying Duck Software in San Diego, CA back in 1979. After the founder, Matt Mayfield, worked for a few years at Kaypro corporation, the company changed names to Flying Duck Computer - mainly because FDS sounded too much like a florist.

After several years working primarily in device drivers (the parts of the operating system that communicate with disk drives, for example) on microcomputers, FDC started providing services to Xscribe (a maker of computer assisted stenography transcription), Emerald systems (a manufacturer of tape drives) and FoodMaker (corporate owners of Jack in the Box).

Moving to Colorado in the early 1990s, Flying Duck incorporated and began working with GTE labs for various telecommunications ordering, provisioning and billing systems. This work expanded over the years. We also added in work in conjunction with various board and card game related companies over the years, providing web and database support.

Another large scale billing project started for us in 1999. Unlike our other projects we were the front end billing system. The product involved was a post-paid calling card connected to a credit card. The rewards plan was free calling minutes – the more you used the credit card the more free minutes you got.

Between 1992 and 2011 we had the pleasure of running a billing support system for a large telecomm company. The contract started off between us and GTE Labs when they were called in to help speed up processing for past due accounts. Over time we switched from working with Labs to working directly with receivables management, the part of the company that handles past due bills.

In mid-1999 we started another project for Genuity, a networking company. The goal of the project was for them to be the middleman in DSL provisioning. Effective a customer would purchase DSL service from their ISP. That ISP would then communicate to Genuity that the service was to be installed and then Genuity (via Flying Duck) would contact the local phone company (the “LEC”, local exchange company) to get the service installed.

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