by Shawna Carter
SOCORRO, N.M., March 13, 2006 — Former New Mexico Tech students Jon Hill and Joshua Link teamed together to start up iniCom Networks Inc., a computer-networking company now based in Albuquerque, whose focus is on network software development and technology within the legal industry.
“In order to be in a position of responsibility where success or failure is entirely your own doing, you inevitably have to go out on your own and start something yourself,” Hill states.
IniCom was founded in December of 1999 after Hill, Link, and a group of fellow former New Mexico Tech students decided to establish a start-up software and services business. They felt their combined computer skills would allow the company to excel and meet the growing needs of the computer industry.
“My experience at New Mexico Tech was excellent,” Hill says. “The job opportunities give you hands-on experience designing, developing, and implementing computer technologies. I would say the opportunities offered at New Mexico Tech directly supported the direction I took in computer science and in my career.”
“New Mexico Tech definitely fosters the entrepreneurial spirit, and Tech students are encouraged to try new things and to help their professors and peers with major projects or jobs,” Link adds. “Coming out of school with hands-on and real-world experience dealing with real-world problems greatly increases your chances of success.”
IniCom’s network software products concentrate on innovative data transfer and access programs, and custom software development related to data management in a range of industries including educational, commercial, and legal.
Their legal services division focuses solely on technology within the legal industry including digital forensics and e-discovery, document technologies, and a range of IT services specific to the legal industry. E-discovery and the digital forensics process are where electronic data, such as files, e-mail communications, or other forms of digital information, are identified, located, and validated for use in litigation.
IniCom recognizes the growing demand to bridge the gap between technology and the legal industry, and is working to educate law firms, governmental agencies, and legal oriented organizations on how technology affects them. Their focus on technology’s role in the legal industry and history within the legal community are what sets them apart.
“I think one of the things that allowed us to be successful was the ability to find a niche and focus on it,” Link states. “There are hundreds of companies in New Mexico that provide general Information Technology services, but by building on the foundation we created while at previous companies, we were able to target a market that is just beginning to be tapped.”
Since its founding in 1999, iniCom has been growing by an average of 80 percent annually. Its estimated revenues for 2005 were $500,000, while it is further estimated that company revenues will achieve or surpass $1 million by the end of 2006.
“It’s taken us six long years to get to where we are now, and it’s been a lot of fun, a lot of work, and has required a lot of dedication,” Hill says. “I encourage any student looking to start their own venture to go into it expecting for the process to take a lot of time. Be ready to suffer some failures — both financial and otherwise — but stick to it no matter what.”