Office space in cyberspace

You can't sit in Guy Cortesi's office. You can't have coffee in it and you can't hang a picture in it, either.

The reason is that his office is online.

I work in this virtual operation, he said. "We're kind of out there. It's not about meeting. This is about working."

Cortesi runs an information technology company based in the real world in Latham, however almost no work is done outside the virtual world.

He runs eSolve Solutions which "provides online project collaboration solutions and strategic technical services," according to the company.

IT Physical is a diagnostic tool and is a precursor to eSolve Solutions, which he recommends for businesses just getting their feet wet in the IT world.

Cortesi said the program began when the company he worked for, Bechtel, moved its operation to Pittsburgh. He worked for 20 years in the Navy nuclear program, with the highest security clearance, before starting his own company.

"I did lots of trips back and forth" while Bechtel was moving its operation, he said.

Cortesi said he worked at the business incubator at RPI and U-Start Incubator at Union College before moving his server equipment to Albany.

Originally from Downstate, he has lived in Latham for 27 years and all four of his children grew up in Latham.

Cortesi said the operation has contributions from his family, as well as a number of contracted employees.

"My two sons are pretty involved in what I'm doing," he said.

The Web site was designed and animated by one son, Andrew, 22, who is studying video design and the servers were set up by his other son, Tim, 24, who works at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

"He's my key technical advisor," he said.

Cortesi has two daughters as well, Rebecca, 26 and Rachel, 19. Rebecca is an engineer and Rachel is studying at Hudson Valley Community College.

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