Leith Martin is not the typical tech entrepreneur. He is clean-cut, has a southern drawl, and wears crisp white dress shirts everyday…or at least every time I’ve met with him. He’s been recruited by Fortune 100 companies, is a Harvard Business School grad and has averaged over a 100% yearly growth rate for the companies that he’s managed. He’s a sharp guy, to say the least. But he is not the only sharp guy at Ubiquita. In fact, being remarkably sharp is just the norm at the company which recently graduated from Beta testing it’s latest device, TINA, and is now deployed in businesses all over the valley. Leith is joined by Fred Cox and Dominic Marrocco to form one of the most impressive ownership teams in the valley. But more about those two later.
TINA (Telephony Integrated Network Appliance) is smaller than a standard router, but packs some serious punch. What exactly does Ubiquita (and TINA) do? Well the official explanation is: Ubiquita provides enterprise quality, intelligently integrated communications and IT services to small to medium sized business in a small montly bill. The less official answer is a little more simple…they take away all the complexity of IT services so that business owners can focus on their customers. With a single device, Ubiquita gives you a very long list of services…namely:
Legacy PBX Integration
Feature Rich Telephony Services
Voicemail to Email
Central File Storage
and much, much more.
In fact, it’s pretty insane. It’s easy to see why companies like Raster Media and others all over the valley are so pumped about what they get with Ubiquita.
Now, back to the incredible ownership team I was talking about earlier. In addition to Leith, there are two more guys who are making Ubiquita one of the hottest tech companies in VegasTech.
Dominic Marrocco – If the name sounds familiar, it’s because you probably have been to Tyson’s old house for one of the many amazing parties that have been held there, which he owns. Or you’ve heard of his entrepreneurial training program called “Entrepreneuria”. Or you went to Harvard, where he graduated from. Or you go to UNLV, where he’s listed as the “Entreprenuer in Residence.” Here’s a quote from his bio on UNLV’s website:
“Dominic can best be described as a serial entrepreneur. At 37 Dominic, who is originally from Leeds, UK, divides his time between the UK and US where he runs businesses in property, IT, his own venture capital fund, and supporting multiple charities. His success story (he became a millionaire at 21) is one of inspiration for budding entrepreneurs and future business leaders…Dominic takes on the challenges of diversifying the economic base of Las Vegas by encouraging technological growth and developing a productive intellectual property component for UNLV’s College of Engineering. ”
Fred Cox – His bio reads like the resume of a U.S. Senator.
Fred received a degree from Texas A&M University in 1956; an MSEE from MIT in 1958; and an EE Professional degree from MIT in 1959. He was class valedictorian at A&M, is a member of several engineering honor societies, was a National Science Fellow in 1956-57, recipient of an MIT Corporate Leadership Award, and holder of 3 technical patents. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from Texas A and M. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies. Fred began his technical design career while stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, California. There he designed, implemented, and placed in operation a tape data translation system for processing aircraft flight test data. Three patents were issued on the design, and the system remained operational for many years.
Fred even built systems for NASA…yes, NASA. He’s founded 5 tech start-ups, the most noted of which is Emulex, a computer networking company listed on the NYSE (ELX). Since retirement, he’s been focused on charitable activities like donating over a million dollars to UNLV, being a founding member of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and creating programs like Senior Design and the newly established Engineering Innovation Fund.
As you can see, the team is as great as their product. And speaking of their product, if you think your company could benefit from what they have to offer, give Leith a call…or just come to tomorrow’s Jelly, where he’ll be speaking to the group.
Keep an eye on Ubiquita…they are going to do some big things. And a rising tide lifts all boats!