There seems to be a lot of tech start up companies in CIN. Obviously that's happening in most cities but Cincinnati seems to have a pretty big (and rapidly growing) tech scene receiving a lot of investment, from what I see on LinkedIn.
This is true. Especially in OTR. I sell companies their servers, software (licenses), hardware and cloud services (AWS & Azure). I travel sometimes to Austin and we're getting noticed on their radars as well.
Right! Any word on why OTR in particular? I'm curious.
Really?! No way. You work for Azure? I get calls from Azure all the time because I've used them to deploy web apps. They used to hound me all the time. I'd get so disappointed, getting calls from Microsoft, thinking it as a recruiter interested in me (I sent my resume all over the place) but it's just them trying to get me to upgrade the service. They were pretty relentless when I first signed up. That's awesome. Sounds like you have a really cool job and you're in the right place for it.
Azure is Microsoft's answer to Amazon (AWS) and cloud infrastructure management.
I think it's a combination of a few things ...
1. There's momentum. A couple of tech startups became successful and people in their network saw that it could be done.
2. Crossroads has an extremely aggressive incubator/mentoring/entrepreneur program called Oceann. At one of their latest events, they had Daymond John speak, from Shark Tank. http://oceanaccelerator.com/
3. It seems like everyone's working as one large network to accomplish a single goal and that is to put Cincy on the map and promote their ideas.
4. A lot of the upper management from some of the local startups came from large corporations, i.e. P&G, is a great example. So they have the know-how in being a successful leader. Side note, many of Crossroads leadership staff came from large organizations, including Chuck Mingo the 2nd in command to Brian Tome.
5. Just great ideas, right ... Take Lisnr for instance ... this technology has the ability to really change things on a global scale. I'm in my mid 30's now and having spent 15+ years in wireless I remember when people were like "what's Bluetooth?" ... Now we're shocked if a device doesn't have Bluetooth. Check this out: http://lisnr.com/
... SXSW: https://www.forbes.com/sites/theyec/2016/03/10/10-ways-your-startup-can-rise-above-the-noise-at-sxsw/#7a24c07a33b2
Yeah, it's a great job!