Leif Hartwig was traversing the country as a small business consultant when he realized that he — his body flying to and fro in an airplane — was serving as a conduit within and between businesses. “I figured that there really must be a better way (of sharing business information),” he said, and so he created YourOfficeAnywhere.com, a cloud-computing solution to the communication problems he was encountering regularly.
The University of Arizona alumnus saw an opportunity for a business that put all the tools necessary for workers to cooperate from disparate locations in one place. Services include a private, encrypted workplace, 100 Gigabytes of storage and sharing and web conferences for up to 200 people, not to mention an aggregated calendar. It also offers a “bird’s eye view” feature as a way to keep track of status updates and clients.
YourOfficeAnywhere.com is both a web and mobile app, and it uses encryption on par with financial services companies and defense contractors. “Our chief technology officer works for a defense contractor,” Hartwig said by way of emphasizing the seriousness with which he views security.
Although Tucson may at first seem an inauspicious place to launch a tech company, Hartwig said he intends to stay. “We’ve found incredible talent here,” he said. “We would like to remain in Tucson.”
To access an audience outside of the Old Pueblo, Hartwig and his team have relied on revenue-sharing deals that allow YourOfficeAnywhere.com to make use of the marketing channels of large associations such as the National Association of Wholesalers, which has 32,000 members.
With an increasing number of people working from home, Hartwig’s strategy seems timely.