The Uptime Houston Story
Uptime Houston was founded in 2012. It has been a wild ride to say the least. We started as an all service Dental IT company that strived to serve the needs of Dentists in Houston in a more honest way. Since then, we have really specialized in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Website Development while partnering with other dental service providers. We owe a huge thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way, we would not be where we are without you. Thank you to everyone for joining us on this awesome journey that we feel is only still beginning.
About Our Founder – Kareem Rahman
- Hometown: Houston, TX
- Education: University of Houston Clear Lake | BS in MIS
- Interests: Travel, Gadgets, Cooking, Green Juice, the Internet, Wildlife
The year was 1997 and I was a junior in high school. Pressure was mounting to have a game-plan for the real world. Fortunately, my school started a computer science program and hired a teacher that would help steer the course of my life. His name was Robert Franklin and over the next 2 years he was able to help me understand that my love for computers & technology could be a rock solid career.
Mr. Franklin was right. Since high school I went on to get several IT certifications (including CCNA, CCNP, and A+) as well as complete an MIS degree from the University of Houston. While attending college I was fortunate to have amazing work experiences related to my field of study. First was working help desk for Compaq computers (now HP), then I moved on to work at a Network Management Center (NMC) called Getronics.
After Getronics, I started to work for Bright Solutions as a trainer for professionals who wanted to get certified to advance their careers. The year was 2004 and the market for Systems Administrators was very strong. Teaching was a great experience but I was itching to get back into the more technical side of things so I left to become a Systems Administrator for a small Oil and Gas company called OSI based in Clear Lake in 2005.
It was at OSI that I quickly learned the value of being diverse. I was fortunate to be allowed to wear many hats at OSI, including web development and marketing for over 8 years. In 2011 I met the woman of my dreams and got married.
How Uptime Houston Started
In 2011, shortly after our marriage my wife decided to open her own dental practice. Since I had been working in various areas of IT for the previous 10+ years it was a no brainer for me to handle all of her work. In order to get a good idea of where the dental industry was we decided to go to the ADA conference in San Francisco. It was there that I had my “ah ha” moment. Seeing the vendors, web developers, and systems administrators at the conference left me unsatisfied with the level of services being offered.
I soon after decided to leave my job at OSI to start my own IT consulting firm for Dental professionals in Houston. I chose to restrict myself to Houston for several reasons.
- I live in Houston and wanted to provide a level of service to each client that larger brands can not match.
- The Houston Dental Market is thriving with much competition. Internet Marketing is essential here.
- I wanted the doctors that I work with to know, share, and work with each other to bring out the best in each other. That is easier when all of us are in the same city.
That brings us to today. It has been great working with Doctors here in Houston over the past few years. I look forward to helping more doctors in the future realize their practice goals.