Astro Biz: iLanga

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring them regularly on Seattle Astronomy.

ilangalogoToday’s Astro Biz is iLanga Software Development and Environmental Consulting based in Kirkland, Wash. What’s so Astro Biz about that? Founder Paul Rodman notes that the company was founded in the middle of winter. From the iLanga website:

Having not seen any sunshine for months we decided that “Sun” was an appropriate name for the company. However, it was already taken. We hauled out a multi-language dictionary and looked up “sun” in other languages. “iLanga” is the Zulu word for “The Sun”. It is common to prefix Zulu words with lower-case “i”. Since we created the company it has become common practice to prefix company names with “i” or “e” to denote the fact that they are Internet-related. We wish it known that we didn’t follow this trend in our naming.

As an added astro-bonus, iLanga makes and sells astronomical software, including the fantastic AstroPlanner that we at Seattle Astronomy often use to plot our observing sessions. It’s the first Astro Biz that’s actually in the astronomy business!

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