Last week we rolled down to Carmel to speak for our alloted 3 minutes at an open CPUC meeting. This is what we said:
Re: Central Coast Broadband Investment
In the past, telecommunications was classed as a public utility: similarly to electricity, gas or water, infrastructure was regulated and shared due to the high costs of construction and maintenance. Funds were provided or fee structures established to encourage universal service. Following deregulatory trends in the 1990s and 2000s, however, this system no longer exists.
We eat, sleep and breathe Internet here at Cruzio, and we know that in Santa Cruz we’re not the only ones. This is a high-tech community, with a thriving tech scene that’s right about ready to explode. So I guess it shouldn’t surprise us that folks around the County are crying out for ever better, faster, more reliable broadband.
Even so, the demand for our super-speedy new links has been a pleasant surprise and our Enterprise and Technology Services teams have had their hands full keeping up. These last 6 months we’ve set up dozens of new connections and we’re getting much needed bandwidth to local notables like Zero Motorcycles, Fox Racing Shox, Santa Cruz City Hall and the Civic Auditorium, Kaiser Permanente Arena, the Chaminade resort, the Kuumbwa jazz center, Digital Media Factory and lots of other awesome local businesses and organizations.
Our website, cruzio.com, has always been a big, big part of our company, our culture and our identity — and we hope Santa Cruz’s community culture. Just as Cruzio was born out of Chris and Peggy’s passion for the technology and the opportunities it offered to connect people in new ways, the site started as a portal for the community, not as a way to sell Cruzio products. Operating cruzio.com as a community portal is still very important to us, and though that portal has morphed many times over the years, we’ve maintained that key element.
Cruzio is revamping our award-winning website, cruzio.com and we’re requesting proposals from local web designers and design teams to manage this project. It’s been several years since we last overhauled cruzio.com, and we’re excited to collaborate with our thriving tech community on the next step in our site’s evolution.
Cruzio requires a vendor who has demonstrated experience in managing website projects and expertise with best practices regarding successful website design, development, and deployment.
Photos from 2013’s Open House Extravaganza: the snacks were delicious. The art was plentiful and varied. The crowd was friendly and the accordionist played on…
Chris Guillebeau presented his new book ‘The $100 Startup’ on Monday, January 21st with over 175 people in Cruzio’s coworking space, Cruzioworks. Chris discussed the focus of his new book briefly but a majority of his time was spent as “Q&AA” which stands for Questions andAttempted Answers. Chris took questions from everything regarding his thoughts on self-publishing versus using a publishing company to which country he had left to visit (hint: he has ONE left…Norway!)
More information about Chris Guillebeau and ‘The $100 Startup’ can be found at 100startup.com
Cruzio is a service company and we must be open on most holidays. We thank our staff for supporting our members, and we try to honor and celebrate Martin Luther King day, even though we are at the office.
Here is an email from a Cruzio manager to the Cruzio Tech Support staff on an MLK day several years ago :
“From brittany Mon Jan 15 11:49:07 2001
Cruzio customer service has a challenging job. We need to help you with your computer, even though we aren’t in the room with you. That means our staff needs to be very good at explaining things.
What does that have to do with Peanut Butter and Jelly, that classic of American Cuisine?
With over 1,400 attendees last year, we knew we had to throw another awesome party. We always love an excuse to celebrate, promote and support small business growth, entrepreneurs and telecommuters in our state-of-the-art downtown facility. You’ll be able to visit and talk with over 40 new businesses in one spot!The night will be a celebration for the entire Santa Cruz community. It’s also a chance for our coworkers to display their artwork as part of the First Friday Art Tour. Come meet the folks, see our space, enjoy yummy food from three food trucks, tasty drinks, free swag, local music and more.
See you down here.
The City of Santa Cruz and Code for America, a national nonprofit that uses talented web professionals to improve government services, are proud to announce the public launch of OpenCounter, an online small business permitting system.
Designed and developed throughout 2012, OpenCounter reduces the confusion of starting a business by creating an online experience that helps small business owners discover the City forms, fees and time needed to set up shop and apply for them online in a single web session.
The smallest City ever to utilize a Code for America development team, Santa Cruz’s collaboration also saw the development of an open data portal at data.cityofsantacruz.com , new City Hall Wayfinding and newly painted bike lockers downtown.