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Grand Opening of The Iron Yard Las Vegas

Tonight, The Iron Yard held a grand opening for their new Las Vegas campus. After a soft opening in June, they started by holding Front End Engineering and Data Science courses (taught by two very qualified instructors, both of whom happen to be friends of mine — Chase Adams and Jeff Newburn).

In what I think is a new milestone for the #VegasTech community, Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of the City of Las Vegas, attended the grand opening, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony, and delivered an official proclamation declaring today, August 19th, as The Iron Yard day.

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For our tech community to get that kind of positive attention from a politician tells me we’re doing something right. Four years ago, it would have been inconceivable to think a mayor would attend anything we were doing — we were just too small at that point. But through a huge collective effort (you know who you are — heck, if you’re reading this, you’re probably part of that effort) we have been able to grow a pretty vibrant community.

Full disclosure: I’m on the Board of Advisors for the Las Vegas branch of the Iron Yard. Regardless, I think it’s pretty cool the mayor came out to support the #VegasTech community.

August 19, 2015 I Written By

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Rolltech, Inc., a #VegasTech startup creating new technology for one of the world's most popular sports, ten pin bowling. Prior to joining Rolltech, he was Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.; Chief Technology Officer of Thinker, Inc., a Las Vegas-based provider of digital signage; and co-founder and VP of Engineering & Operations at Incanta. One of the first people involved in the VegasTech community, he acts as a community evangelist, mentor, and is co-creator of the VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey.

A Bunch of Great Las Vegas Tech Startup Events

We try not to make this an event blog since there are so many events to cover. However, we try to cover new ones that get started that we find interesting and also big ones that hit town like CES. One of the advantages of being a startup in Las Vegas is that we have conventions and conferences coming here all the time.

Here’s a recent example I got in my inbox about a Pitch Competition that’s coming to Vegas in October:

We are running a Pitch Competition for Event Technology Startups during IMEX America 2015 in Las Vegas (13-15 Oct.) There is no fee to join this competition and the top 5 shortlisted companies will be invited to pitch their product live to an audience of event professionals. Full info here: http://www.imexamerica.com/imexpitch

I would appreciate it if you could share this with the local startups that work in this area. Entries are open until Aug 31st.

The InNEVation Center is holding a great event on Wednesday Aug 19th called StartUp Day Across America Celebration. They’re having free open coworking, coffee and Dunkin’ Donuts in the morning and then lunch from Metro Pizza, prizes, snacks and fun activities throughout the day. Sounds like the perfect startup event to me. Be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend.

I could go on and on about other events like LaunchUp happening tonight or the regular community dinners hosted by Work In Progress each Wednesday. VegasTech.com has done a pretty good job aggregating other events. I hope to see you at InNEVation Center. I’ll be bringing my laptop and hopefully getting some work done amidst all the festivities and friends.

August 18, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

The Hackathon of Outlandish Things

Hey #VegasTech, you should go to this hackathon based on the name alone! Only 8 more hours to register for The Hackathon of Outlandish Things, a hackathon that gives a prize for “Most Outlandish Idea”! One of the rules is “Build something ridiculous!” so you know it will be fun.

Register here: http://bit.ly/1KUe3AE.

August 7, 2015 I Written By

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Rolltech, Inc., a #VegasTech startup creating new technology for one of the world's most popular sports, ten pin bowling. Prior to joining Rolltech, he was Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.; Chief Technology Officer of Thinker, Inc., a Las Vegas-based provider of digital signage; and co-founder and VP of Engineering & Operations at Incanta. One of the first people involved in the VegasTech community, he acts as a community evangelist, mentor, and is co-creator of the VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey.

CES 2016 Registration Opens – CES Is No Longer Free (Unless You’ve Attended the Last 2 Years)

One of the great advantages of being a startup company in Las Vegas is that most of the major conferences eventually come through Vegas. Or as in the case of CES, they’ve made Las Vegas their permanent home. Each year I’ve posted when CES has opened their free registration. You have to be a member of the industry, but if you read this blog, there’s a 99% chance that you’re part of the industry.

Unfortunately, this year CES just opened up their CES 2016 registration, but it’s no longer free to register. It’s now $100 to register unless you’ve attended the past two CES or you’re a member of the media. Here’s the full details on the new CES registration pricing:

  • CEA is implementing a $100 advanced fee for all registrants beginning July 8 when registration launches.
  • CEA is providing our loyal alumni who attended the 2014 or 2015 CES with a 30-day window of complimentary registration before the $100 fee goes into effect for this audience.
  • Registration for qualified media will remain free of charge.
  • Registration fees will increase to $300 beginning December 21 through the 2016 CES. This move is to encourage more registrants to sign up prior to December 21 to allow CEA ample time to verify credentials for those who register after that date.

CES also announced that they’ll be capping the registrations this year at 176,000 (comparable to last year’s attendance) to ensure a quality experience for those that attend. I think these are all good moves by CES. A few less crowded halls is a good thing.

As a Las Vegas startup company, $100 to attend CES is not a big change. If you can’t get $100 of value out of attending CES, then you should stay far away. Plus, there are a lot of events that happen during CES which don’t require a CES registration. So, even if you don’t attend, you can still benefit from 176,000 people visiting Las Vegas.

July 8, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Vegas Startup of the Year and The Mill Applications

I wish we had more time to write about what’s happening in the Las Vegas startup community. Sadly, Rick and I have both been heads down in our own startups. Needless to say, there are a lot of great things happening in Las Vegas that we just haven’t had time to cover. Hopefully you’re all watching the #vegastech hashtag to see most of the latest news.

With that disclaimer, we did want to make the community aware of two deadlines coming up in July. First, if you want to participate in Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Competition, Las Vegas startups can apply today for the Las Vegas Startup of the Year competition on July 23rd. See the tweet below for more details:

Also, The Mill, a Las Vegas startup accelerator, is accepting applications for their Fall Cohort until July 6th. Find the details in the tweet below:

July 1, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Vote for Vegas Tech Company LegalQ in Start Fest Competition

A local Vegas Tech company is taking part in the Start Fest competition. The competition is dubbed as Utah’s Largest Grassroots Startup Festival. There’s always been a strong connection between the Utah and Las Vegas startup communities. Many of the companies in Las Vegas now came from Utah and play an important part of the Vegas Tech community.
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It’s no surprise that I know at least one of the companies participating in the Start Fest competition is a Las Vegas based startup company called LegalQ. They’re working to create an Attorney Marketplace with flat fees and no hidden costs.

As part of the competition they have online voting for the 100 qualifying startup companies. If you want to support LegalQ, you can find them on the leaderboard. They’re currently at #24 on the list, but we should be able to at least get them into the top 20 and possibly much higher. Voting just takes a click, so let’s take a second and support a local company (You can vote daily if you really want to help).

Best of luck to LegalQ in the competition!

June 12, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Vegas Startup Company Profile: Castoff

The following is a short company profile interview with Blake Arnet, Co-founder and CEO from Castoff. Castoff is one of the startups that was accepted into The Mill Accelerator program in Las Vegas. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.
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Tell us about your company:
Castoff is a private photo-messaging app where users can send multiple photos to friends and receive anonymous votes and private comments in real-time. We launched with our MVP late last year, we listened to our users and tweaked features in the app. We are proud to announce our first big update today!

Tell us about your team:
Our co founding team consists of myself, our CTO Alex Jacobson (I say he’s the tallest programmer in the world at 7’1″ haha), and his father Jake Jacobson. Alex and I are best friends from high school knowing each other for 10 years. Jake has over 40 years of programming experience while Alex taught himself code. My professional background is in digital advertising and social media. Alex and I both played high D1 basketball in the Pac-12. We have a unique startup team, work very well together, and are having a lot of fun along the way!
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Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?
We chose Las Vegas because we believe it’s the next big startup city right behind LA! The energy and excitement in the Vegas startup community is very encouraging! We are looking forward to meeting everyone we can and continue to grow this up and coming startup city.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?
The LV community has already supported and welcomed us before we even moved! The biggest help we could get is mentorship and exposure. We have a plan, but we are a team that constantly wants to learn and hear what other entrepreneurs went through so we can be the best entrepreneurs we can be. Exposure in the sense of getting known in the startup community, we are very excited about our mobile technology and hope many will find Castoff fun to use as well.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
My best advice for startup entrepreneurs from my experience is to build the strongest team possible, but make sure you all can work well together and have your roles identified. Communication is another big one, our last small startup didn’t communicate enough and failed, this time around I over communicate so we’re all in the loop at all times. Lastly, have fun building your company! We only live once and if you’re going to go for it, go all out and always keep learning!

Where can we find out more about your company? What’s your twitter handle?
We are on Angel List, Crunchbase and LinkedIn under Castoff Technologies. Twitter and Instagram under @Teamcastoff

April 11, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Vegas Startup Company Profile: SportS&Growth

The following is a short company profile interview with Jay Rosado from SportS&Growth. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company
A social network made privately and exclusively for colligate and professional athletes. No Fans No Media just the growth of athletes. We will have a 24hour screening process to verify all users. We have a bevy of features but our most powerful features that tested through the roof for pro athletes and agencies, that is are Sponsorship Opportunity. A feature were companies willing to sponsor pro level athlete will be able to create a profile. through are algorithm we would suggest the best sponsors for our athletes instead of cluttering their inbox. Thus it will make the job easier for agents and we will have our athletes choose to represent a company that he/she is truly passionate about. How do we make money? We do not support any advertising at all. We charge each an athlete user a monthly fee. $25 a month for Colligate athletes and $100 a month for professional athletes. For our Sponsorship Opportunity users we have a contract for 3 months for $1,000. Also we will receive a 1% commission when every deal is finalized through the sponsor and athlete. In return the two users “Athlete & Sponsorship Opportunity” will receive a yearly free subscription but S&G will always obtain our 1% commission.

Tell us about your team.
Ceo and founder: Julian “Jay” Rosado.
I have strong sales experience. I was sales director at a custom suit company called Customer Design Couture. I pushed the company to move towards athletes because they had released a dress code policy. I have made clients with the top world athletes such as LeBron James NBA, Floyd Mayweather Boxing, Danica Patrick NASCAR, Russell Wilson NFL, and Luton Shelton MLS and Aaron Rodgers NFL. Also to these athletes I have still good connection with and have received nothing but positive feedback from them.

COO: Andrew Coon
Andrew has a strong ethical background he currently is Mangers at Bank Of America. Andrew input is imperative to the overall success of S&G. His uncanny vision to what areas should we tackle first that are most important and less cost effective.

CTO: Elon Musk
Elon owns his own development company based out of Austin Texas. Elon made me take my vision and turned it into fruition. His background of being a former Colligate athlete for Syracuse University Football team makes his input be uncanny to any other developer. To find more about him and the work he has accomplished his website is elonandcompany.com

Why did you choose Las Vegas?
I chose this city because it is the most vastly going city in America. When the NHL agreed to have a franchise here and when they see the profits the other Sports leagues will fallow along such as NBA and NFL.

What do you Love about Las Vegas?
Similar to New York or LA, Las Vegas has the ability to bring people from all over the world together. To me this is the answer to ultimate wisdom because when a city brings people together from different backgrounds you will be able to view all different types of prospectives.

What can Las Vegas community do to help your community?
I suggest more Tech cocktails more suggestive viewings of Entrepreneurs, Artists, Developers etc. Las Vegas is at the cusp of innovation, if we were able to pull those innovators out of the city we would have a major financial improvement.

What is your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
My advice is simple, it is a 3 letter word that I guarantee you have herd before. DONT GIVE UP, you must not ever give up. You must be willing to sacrifice everything you own for a dream. No matter what odds you face or how little money you have, if you become knowledgeable of your gifts you become knowledgeable of being resourceful. Also read Napoleons Hill book: Think and Grow Rich, it teaches what the mind can receive it can achieve.

Were can we find out about your company?
angel.co my address is SportS & Growth

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April 10, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Vegas Startup Company Profile: Combase-USA

The following is a short company profile interview with Abraham Gomez from Combase-USA. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.
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Tell us about your company.
COMBASE USA is a subsidiary of the thriving COMBASE AG in Germany. The company was first founded in Dresden, Germany over twenty years ago. We provide innovative and attractive POS software and inventory management systems that make businesses excel.

Our company has always had a tradition of forward thinking. Our next-generation software solutions has paved new roads for the retail and quick-service restaurant sector. We aim and succeed in optimizing profitability and increasing motivation within the workforce. Our cloud based back office, combined with a user-friendly front-end enables owners and customer service representatives to optimize their workflow, while our inventory tracking simplifies the ordering process.

COMBASE-USA is excited to bring the KORONA family of software to the U.S. We have captivated thousands of users across all industries in Europe. But, we are now excited to share our software with the U.S. market and gain momentum here in the States.

Tell us about your team

We are a young, driven group of guys who are constantly making a better point of sale solution for our customers. Since day one our team we have strived to create new and innovative technology.

Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?

We have always loved the idea of having Las Vegas as a landing spot. We chose Nevada due to its business friendly environment. Las Vegas is also becoming a hub for tech startups.

The real estate market played a pivotal role in choosing Las Vegas as well. It was and still is a cost-effective city with a great outlook for new businesses.

Lastly, Las Vegas has always been a popular travel destination. It attracts large groups of individuals every year for business and entertainment. This makes it easier to meet potential business partners from all across the country. There are several conventions that occur in Las Vegas every year. These conventions are a great way to gain exposure and to demonstrate our cutting edge software solutions to retailers.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?

We would love if the retail industry and quick service restaurants here in Las Vegas look to us, as a leading POS software solution. If retailers are looking to utilize new technology that will improve their business, we are your POS solution choice.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?

To focus all of your attention on one task at a time. Being a young entrepreneur means that your life will be hectic. Therefore, it is better to focus and work on having one solid product than having several products that won’t satisfy your customers.

Be sure to meet and connect with other entrepreneurs to establish business relationships that will benefit your business down the road. They will also give you an outside perspective on your business.

Where can we find out more about your company? What’s your twitter handle?

Our website Combase-usa.com is a great place to learn more about the company and our history. For more detailed information on our software, koronapos.com details our KORONA software and how it will benefit you business.

Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter @CombaseUSA, to get the latest updates about retail tech news.

April 2, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

#VegasTech merger — separate companies no longer “a thing”

As everyone knows, the #VegasTech community has always been tightly connected and integrated. Some of you may remember SXSW 2013, where the #VegasTech community attended as a unified group, showcasing both the overall community as well as some individual companies.

This year, I’m pleased to announce that the numerous companies that make up #VegasTech have agreed to a 273-way merger. A merger of this size has never been contemplated before in the history of the modern corporation, so chalk up another first for #VegasTech. Although the list is too long to name every single company, that’s thankfully no longer necessary. In short, what has happened is that every single tech startup within a 50 mile radius of downtown Las Vegas has agreed to be called, in the future, simply #VegasTech (yes, with the hashtag). No longer will you have to remember the name of the individual company, you’ll just be able to go to the vegastech.com website and view all of the offerings in one place.

When John and I started this blog four years ago, our goal was to create a list of every Vegas startup. Fortunately, the aforementioned merger now makes this task trivial. There is now one tech startup in Las Vegas, and its name is #VegasTech.

April 1, 2015 I Written By

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Rolltech, Inc., a #VegasTech startup creating new technology for one of the world's most popular sports, ten pin bowling. Prior to joining Rolltech, he was Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.; Chief Technology Officer of Thinker, Inc., a Las Vegas-based provider of digital signage; and co-founder and VP of Engineering & Operations at Incanta. One of the first people involved in the VegasTech community, he acts as a community evangelist, mentor, and is co-creator of the VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey.

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