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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


This whole computer thing is just a fad . . .

And so it began . . . the journey to starting a business doing something I love.

This blog is going to contain my (and possibly others') musings on the tech world, life, and just about anything relevant (or not), to the goings on at Stan's Tech Garage.

So, without further adieu, on to the who-are-you and (hopefully) why-I-should-care-about-what-you-have-to-say blog introduction post.

Like many journeys, it all began with my father…

My dad is old-school when it comes to most everything. But when I was growing up he owned a successful furniture business and though he despised computers, there came a point where he was forced to realize the whole technology thing wasn’t just some passing “fad.” So after helping my old man set up the computers, software, and network that ended up running the family business, I realized that not only am I pretty good at this stuff, I actually really loved doing it. I could care less about furniture or all the nonsense that it takes to run a manufacturing business. But the technology side of the business - that was the ticket for me. Something the old guard of business owners thought they could do without. In the early 90's it was perfectly normal to run a business with no computers. 0. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Could you imagine? Today, I could've sworn I saw a group of kids in Beverly Hills running a lemonade stand swiping credit cards and processing them through their laptops connected to the wifi back at their house. Seriously . . .

Anyway back to the journey (and I realize I'm making a long-story long) . . . tech was what I was into. And it was totally useful. Then one day I woke up and the family business was no more. So I finished up at USC and like a babe in the woods, I was forced to fend for myself. I toyed around with numerous ways to make a living and all of them were somehow tech related. To make ends meet, I became the computer guy.

Not long after the release of Windows 95, companies really started ramping up their technology efforts and were ready to spend. At this point I was able to land a gig with a multi-national food company in the midst of globally upgrading their systems. Now we weren't full-time corporate drones. We were "consultants." This basically, for me, was awesome. I was paid well, in my early 20's and life was good. I stayed the career "consultant" route for as long as I could. It let me keep with my entrepreneurial spirit, while still essentially having the stability of a corporate gig. I was in high demand and worked for big Fortune 500 companies. I earned some big certifications, met great people and learned a lot.

But there was always that part of me, the entrepreneur, who knew what I wanted out of life, and working for big corporations, was not going to take me there. Sure, I could continue and make a good living, but corporate politics and the "routine" was more than I wanted to subject myself to for the rest of my life.

I wanted to work somewhere fun. Someplace I could bring my dog (more on her later). Someplace where I could experience all the latest technologies and gadgets. Someplace where I could put the game on while I work (I always wanted to own a sports bar). Someplace where employees, customers, and friends would want to just hang. Well that place didn't exist, so all that was left was to create it. A place where impeccable customer service was the norm and tech excellence was the standard. A place where EVERYONE in the organization felt the same. It wasn't out there. So I set out to build it.

Thus, Stan's Tech Garage was born. If you're tired of relying on some "computer dude," the inconsistency of the local shop, or being treated like another number at the big box store, we'd love to have you as a customer. If you feel you've got what it takes to join our team, by all means, send a resume. This is real. We've got licenses, insurance and all that stuff.

I'd often read some reiteration of the saying, "Find what you love and do it for a living, and you'll never work a day in your life." That’s how I feel about my business. Stan's Tech Garage is all 'bout the service. If you want to really experience tech service excellence, I encourage you to contact us. We'll tune you up.

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