In December 2011, Frederick Cook and Kelly Eidson co-founded a business that aims to make moving one’s office or home a seamless, problem-free process. Using its proprietary technology, this Las Vegas firm acts as the intermediary between people who need moving services—truck rentals, full-service movers, pods, freight trailers and more—and the companies that provide those. Using the Moveline app, customers take video of their belongings, eliminating strangers inventorying your belongings at your business or residence. Moveline representatives then discuss with clients any special needs or information and provide them with moving options, each with a guaranteed quote. Once a customer chooses one, Moveline subcontracts that job to the chosen company.
“Because of the interface between the moving company and the customer, both are looking at the same information,” Cook said. “That is a huge step forward for how the industry works.”
This start-up represents just one component of the Silver State’s technology sector, a young but burgeoning industry segment. Another major part of the sector constitutes large, established companies, such as IGT, a gaming machines manufacturer in the North andSwitch, a data center in the South. The aggregate of these corporations makes Nevada’s major population regions technology hubs. Additionally, technology firms continue to move to the state which is increasingly becoming known as a haven for tech business.
“A lot of these companies, especially software companies, can literally go anywhere in the world. [They come here] for the combination of the favorable business environment and the quality of life. In both the North and the South, the people here are so welcoming,” said Dave Archer, president/CEO of the Nevada Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NCET), a Reno-based, member-supported, non-profit organization that produces business and technology events to help small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Moveline, for instance, relocated to Las Vegas from New York City in 2013 to take advantage of the city’s focus on customer service and hospitality and its existing workforce in those areas. The start-up now has more than 110 employees.
“There’s a unique opportunity in Las Vegas to not build out a Silicon Valley in downtown but build out a ‘Service Valley’,” Cook said.
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