Inside the Industry: Technology

RENT-A-Nerd, Inc.
Darrin Piotrowski, Owner

Back in 1997, when Darrin Piotrowski was canvassing his Old Metairie neighborhood, hanging up signs and going door-to-door advertising his computer repair services, little did he know that one day Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. would be the go-to firm for business IT sales, installation, support and maintenance. When he started, his clients were home users who had trouble connecting to the internet or needed a new printer installed. Now clients range from law and accounting firms to shops and restaurants.

The company’s tagline, “We’re your IT staff without the overhead,” speaks to what makes Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. a valuable resource for area businesses of all sizes. Firms have come to realize that it is much more cost effective, and often more reliable, to outsource their IT needs — and that is where Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. comes in. Piotrowski offers complimentary consultations with business owners in order to assess their technical needs, and offers everything from setting up new networks, to providing 24/7 maintenance, to recovering data when disaster strikes (although Piotrowski stresses the importance of setting up a solid backup plan, rather than relying on recovery after-the-fact).

As a self-made businessman — and following setbacks because of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill — Piotrowski recognized that he could benefit from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, to which he was accepted. As a result, Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. outgrew its long-held space on Metairie Road and recently relocated to 2200 Tulane Avenue in the midst of the Downtown Medical District, which also places his technicians closer to many of his clients with offices in the CBD.

2200 Tulane Avenue, Suite 302
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 454-6373



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