Rural is relevant . . . again.
Brian Fry believes many rural industrial BC towns are about to see a renaissance similar to the early 1900s but instead of building mines, smelters and saw mills we’ll see the next generation of hyper-scale computing companies.
At the core of this major economic shift is access to lots of clean green electricity, new needs for high capacity computing (Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence etc.) and large capacity low latency broadband networks.
Brian is a successful technology entrepreneur who has been starting tech companies for 34 years. His early years were spent in Vancouver and Silicon Valley but for the last 20 years he has been building start-ups from the Kootenays. His greatest success so far was RackForce which he Co-Founded with Tim Dufour in 2001 right after the Dot-Com crash. The company grew into a significant Data Center and Cloud Service Provider with customers in over 100 countries including IBM, Microsoft and Cisco. RackForce sold for 10x EBITDA in 2015.
At the Powering Generations conference Brian and Lorri Fehr (CEO) will be presenting on their newest projects, the Columbia Lake Technology Center and PodTech both based in Canal Flats BC. Over 70 new trades and tech jobs have been created in less then a year in a town that lost its hundred year old saw mill in 2015.