Today we’d like to introduce you to Carlos Rodriguez.
Carlos, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We started back in Los Angeles in 1985 and moved to Sedona AZ becoming the first full service IT CAD provider servicing Architects, Builders, and Developers. We were invited to participate in the Sedona Film Festival for two yearly events as the IT in partnership with the festival. We moved to Phoenix AZ in 1998 and worked out of the home until 2000. Our first office was on Shea Blvd with 8 employees working ourselves to have three offices in downtown Phoenix, Singapore, and Mexico. Our focus is helping the AEC industry supporting all of their needs by providing innovation in the use of technology before our customers buy or use said technology.
Virtual Space has been invited as guest speaker for RUAT in Kingman, Arizona, Western International Unversity, Northern Arizona University, Digital Equipment Corporation, Intergraph Corporation and Malabar Elementary School for the LAUSD in East Los Angeles for our flagship ECO Learning Center. Virtual Space has been published in the Trojan News (Unversity of Southern California. ) for our innovation of the ECO Learning Center.
As an educator for both private schools and universities in Arizona, I believe in providing technology tools to enhance education. This new innovative design blends outside teaching using natural sustainable systems living with natural vegetation to produce a more relaxing environment and learning using Google eyewear. This allows the parents to participate with students in real-time environments and allows students to work one-on-one or in a team environment and self-paced. The utilization of space becomes a priority and cost of learning has been increasing every year creating a GAP between technology knowledge, as it is embedded in our everyday use while schools are behind in education or reaching out to help bridge the GAP.
As a computer engineer, I believe this will create jobs for people who can learn without spending a lot large amount of resources and/or are afraid of learning something new. We want to be remembered as an innovative company helping to enrich lives by engaging all who are willing to learn.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Establishing a foothold in the construction industry is very difficult due to cultural industry differences, cost-driven and customer perception of professional services. It is a cyclical business and the crash of 2008 destroyed us to the point of retooling ourselves after closing all offices. Like Phoenix, the rebirth in 2011 was a welcomed new hope. We are now a second generation family owned business who has new blood, ideas expanding into Anthropology and GIS. We are looking towards the future in growing with Phoenix.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Virtual Space – what should we know?
We are a consulting company and computer engineers who test all IT products for our clients in their environment to make sure our customers are moving into the right technology. We provide training, support, maintenance, technology development, back up systems and cybersecurity to manage track and monitor all of our customer’s projects in a real-time environment.
Service offering includes:
Database over the web
Develop 3d GIS
Drone technology in home industry
Google wearables for 3d apps
We have worked with many semi-custom home builders in Phoenix and Sedona areas. Worked with the NFL as well as International computer companies representing them as VARs. We have been published by a USC quarterly magazine on our sustainable educational ECO Learning Center. Invited to speak as a guest speaker from different CAD manufactures to Alumni meetings to talk about our success.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Virtual Space would like to recognize all of the hard work, creativity, and talent of our employees and children over the years. Without them, we would not have the successes to be proud of. We would also like to give credit all of past and current clients and associates for their testimony of services.