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Rackspace believes in the promise of Fanatical Support, both for our customers and our communities. In our local office communities it takes the form volunteerism and investing in k-12 STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). We believe that openly sharing within our communities makes us all smarter and fortifies our community’s technical and entrepreneurial foundations. We do this around the globe, from Texas to Australia, and it is especially evident in our mid-Atlantic developer office in Blacksburg Va. — affectionately known as “Racksburg”
Last month, Racksburg (the Rackspace Blacksburg dev offices) joined New River Valley Rocketry (NRVR) and several local community technology groups to support a very special STEM-outreach rocket launch here in Virginia’s New River Valley.
In my last post I talked about the importance of thinking globally, acting locally, because at the time Rackspace had made our website and several Knowledge Center articles available in Spanish. The Latin American market responded so strongly to our initial engagements that we couldn’t deny what our customers truly needed: a local Rackspace presence. With the opening this week of our Mexico City office, Rackspace is committing to our customers and to the future of the Managed Cloud in Latin America.
I was delighted yesterday to visit Mexico City and celebrate the opening of our new Rackspace office there, amid longtime customers, local dignitaries, and the Rackers on both sides of the border who have made this expansion possible. Below are excerpts from my remarks:
Since we opened the Rackspace Australia office, we have worked to capture the essence of what makes Rackspace great – the culture, the people, the passion – and bring it to this part of the world.
I’d heard about StartupBus in 2011 from Anthony, the boss of a friend who worked in Cleveland. Anthony was one of the original members of the first 2010 StartupBus trip. At the time, I had been to several meetups and had gotten to know a lot of the programmer type folks in the Cleveland area. I had actually met Anthony briefly at a previous hackathon weekend.
Traditionally, April and May mark the busiest months of year for our Sustainability team, which is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Team (CSR). Yes, there is the obvious Earth Day celebration that takes place during that time, but I want to share some of the highlights from the last six weeks on what the team is working on here at Rackspace:
As Rackers, we often don’t need to be reminded that we’re part of something special. We live it and breathe it every day. At Rackspace, there’s an energy, an electricity in the air. It’s palpable.
In an unassuming and antiquated shopping mall, in an older area of the greater San Antonio area in Windcrest, it is hard to consider that the skills of tomorrow are growing and strengthening. Rackspace, a global leader in hosting technologies and co-founder of OpenStack, has been redesigning the corporate headquarters of the future out of the shell of an abandoned consumer marketplace from yesteryear. As Rackspace planted its roots firmly in San Antonio soil, the company continually looked for ways to enmesh itself, and the Rackers who power its Fanatical Support approach, through community interactions and outreach. Enter a day and age where Rackspace is on the mouths of every San Antonio student who had the opportunity to experience one of the events that the company puts together.
Do you know what hashtags are trending right now in Japan? How about in Sao Paulo? What are they saying about your brand or product? Don’t know? Well, just because you don’t know, doesn’t mean the conversations aren’t happening and that they don’t matter.
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