Mile High Automation – by Josh Ferguson
Seven years ago I created Mile High Automation with a simple goal; to improve lives with technology. Fast forward to 2012 and we have systems in 7 countries and in nearly every state. Here’s how it all began…
The year was 1992, and at age 11 I had managed to break our family computer for the third time in less than a month. My mother told me she was done paying for it to be repaired and I would have to fix it myself. An hour later the computer was in a dozen parts scattered about the floor. Two days later it was fixed, and the repairman never came again. I had found my calling.
From then on I got my hands on every piece of technology I could find. Everything from car audio/video to networking to 3d modeling sparked my interest. By the time I finished college I had a business plan in hand for Mile High Automation.
In the summer of 2005 my wife (fiance at the time) Jaime and I moved to Denver and officially started Mile High Automation in the extra bedroom of our small apartment.
In my research I had found two trends that I thought were going to change the industry. First, the systems were getting easy to install. Second, the systems could be updated remotely. We bet the business on this and decided to offer do-it-yourself systems to clients all over the world.
This was a completely new approach to home automation, but it caught on fast. We were accepting orders within several months and were on our way.
By 2008 MHA was bigger than we could handle on our own. We were lucky to find several excellent employees over the next 2 years, including Daniel Lowitz who was instrumental in our growth. We added product lines, improved our services, and added worldwide installation.
From 2009 to 2011 we continued to grow and expand. We had a new office built and added key members to our team. We also added a new member to our family at home, and Jaime officially retired to be a full-time mother.
Times were great, but I did not like the direction home automation was going. Products had changed and improved over the years, but what we were creating in 2011 was really not all that different from what were creating in 2005.
For months I brainstormed on what home automation could and should be. It needed to take advantage of latest in consumer electronics and extend their functionality. It need to be cross-platform and backwards compatible. It needed to be simple to design, install, and use. An it had to do all this with style and without compromise. This is the design philosophy that led me to create Nimbus.
Nimbus is the culmination of my years of experience in the field, and what I firmly believe is the future for our company and home automation in general.
Until the next chapter,
Josh Ferguson, Founder & President
Mile High Automation