A pioneer of remote computer-repair service, Luke Ford founded My Computer Works (MCW) in 2005, and by 2014 the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company was generating $4 million in annual revenue with 70 employees. MCW has achieved growth every year since its launch — even during the recession — and Ford has never had to downsize his staff.
Ford’s inspiration for MCW struck in the mid-1990s when he was a sales executive at IBM. “My wife and I were trying to set up our desktop computer with AOL, and we almost killed each other because neither of us are technically oriented,” he says. At the time, IBM provided remote support for corporate clients’ mainframes and mid-range computers, and Ford envisioned a similar service for consumers. A realistic visionary, however, Ford knew he must wait for computers to become more entrenched in U.S. households before he could scratch his entrepreneurial itch.
Fast forward to today: MCW targets the SOHO (small office/home office) market, solving technology problems for real estate agents, CPAs, graphic designers and a score of other professionals who rely on their computers but don’t have a technology staff to turn to when issues arise. MCW services span the gamut from removing viruses and spyware infections to configuring software to installing new applications.
In the past couple of years, MCW has added onsite repair to its offerings, which now generate about 20 percent of its revenue. Other recent innovations include support services for Android and Apple smartphones and mobile devices. The company is national and has customers in every state — and it recently signed an agreement with Geek Team Asia, a Singapore-based technical support company, to provide remote services in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
MCW stands out from competitors in a number of ways:
Developing proprietary software to manage its call center. The software performs a dynamic analysis to evaluate the customers’ various computer products, repair history and service level agreement to ensure that the service agreement is met and which available technician is best equipped to address the issue.
Hiring only U.S. technicians, with the majority residing in Arizona’s Maricopa County.
Offering not just repair services, but also education. “We help people use the technology that’s in front of them, whether it’s a software application or understanding a mobile device,” Ford says.