By Duane Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jake Warner founded his tech startup, Cycle, in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio.
But Warner admitted the city’s economy is still depended on industrial endeavors, and wasn’t exactly conducive to tech companies. Finding tech talent within the region was difficult. Add to that, talent from other markets weren’t exactly enamored with living in Toledo.
So Warner and his staff make the painstaking decision to uproot Cycle and look for greener pastures. After perusing other possible markets, the one destination that stood out was northern Nevada.
“Toledo is a very big manufacturing city, so there’s not much of a tech scene there,” Warner said. “There have been a lot of people trying to build it up, but it’s going to take long time to get there. They’re at least three years behind where Reno is now.
In the small amount of time we’ve been here, I’ve built a better network than I did in Ohio.”
Reno-Sparks, he indicated, has a fertile tech-related workforce and would be close to a potential client base in the Bay Area and other parts of the West Coast.
The company also considered Seattle and Austin, Tex., as other potential sites.
If he had any other hesitation with relocating to Reno, one trip to Lake Tahoe reaffirmed Warner’s decision to move to northern Nevada.
“I took a trip up to Lake Tahoe and look around and realized, ‘Why would we not want to be here?'”
Cycle is a “Container as a Service Platform” (CaaS) startup, incorporating container hosting and web infrastructure services under one roof. Warner explained containers are the next level of cloud-based web services, referring to them as “The Cloud 2.0.”
The advent of containers is a relatively new technology in web development, but has boomed in recent years, with more than a billon containers deployed last year alone.
“Containers became a big thing around 2014,” Warner said. “They have been recognized as the fastest growing developer technology ever. There’s an absurd amount of developers moving in that direction right now.”