The boutique technology company InfoSiftr, which provides Docker integration, training and support, services relocated its Utah operations to Las Vegas early this year.
Justin Steele, president of InfoSiftr, said that “we looked around and said ‘we want to be in an emerging tech hub.’”
“We saw what was going on in Vegas,” he said. “We could get anywhere from this airport (McCarran international Airport). …We can get things done here, and the 24/7 culture around here is very conducive to start-up developers.”
InfoSiftr employs experts in software development, systems management, integration, training, and support services for a virtual containers solution, known as “Docker.”
“We make apps better and more useful for end users by making back-end systems work better,” Steele said.
After working for a string of tech companies dating back to the dawn of the commercial Internet, Steele, with his team, started InfoSiftr several years ago in St. George, Utah, but they soon started to examine other locations.
The company evaluated Salt Lake City, Boise, Denver, Seattle, and Austin as potential relocation sites. Steele said the team disqualified some locations because of climate and political atmosphere.
The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance worked with Steele to find office space and make introductions within the tech community.
InfoSiftr settled on Southern Nevada because of easy access to clients via McCarran International Airport, the lack of a personal income tax, the mild winters, and the clustering of similar companies based around the ecosystem of Switch, a Las Vegas-based leader in colocation data centers.
“Switch is vital for us,” he said. “I’m in high-end, back-end systems, so when you look at that, it’s possible to see a lot of those companies co-locating here. There’s a more vibrant, diverse culture here and that lends itself to more entrepreneurship.”
Steele said he sees major growth opportunities in Southern Nevada, especially in terms of how the region is poised within the global economy.
“We love this city,” he said. “We’re unique not only to the U.S. but to the world. …We’re not just competing with Los Angeles. We’re competing with Dubai and Shenzhen and Paris.”