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Vegas Startup Company Profile: Moda

The following is a short company profile interview with Victor Teruel, CEO from Moda. Moda is a mobile application that connects available model in any city directly to clients for immediate bookings. 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
While the idea behind Moda stems from my own experience as a client having a difficult time trying to book models last minute for an event, its development is earnestly rooted in all the feedback that we received from all the models and businesses that we work with. Before we started with development, we made it a point to personally listen to all the models that we interviewed. We wanted to know their thoughts and frustrations, to understand their experiences in the current industry and what they like and dislike about their agents and agencies. We were stunned that there were many recurring themes, of payment delays, high commissions taken by their agencies, lack of respect for their privacy and personal space, and worst sexual harassment.  It was through this, that we made it our goal to engineer Moda’s platform to be a solution, one that every model can have to empower themselves to pursue their dreams of being discovered in a safe & reliable platform, all in the palm of their hands.

Tell us about your team
Victor Teruel, CEO
Moda originated from Victor’s experience in business and fashion. He founded Moda, with the intent to simplify the process of hiring talent by allowing models to be hired by clients directly through their mobile device. Victor is a successful entrepreneur whose first business was in promotions as the Co- Founder and Managing Director of REM Nightlife Entertainment LLC. He is also a partner of MAMAM Delifoods, a restaurant corporation in the Philippines.  He has worked for major luxury fashion houses like Fendi- LVMH, Celine- LVMH and Miu Miu- Prada Group with multiple roles in customer relation’s management, sales management, merchandising & operations.

Sagar Raich, President
Sagar cofounded Moda with the intent of allowing anyone to be a model and to be in the promotions and fashion industries. Having worked at large financial firms like Merrill Lynch, having been the Managing Partner of his own successful Corporate Law based Law Firm for many years, and having run many successful businesses, Sagar brings unique finance, law, and business perspectives in running and growing Moda. As a businessman, Sagar’s involvement in conventions, promotions, and marketing will also allow him to successfully handle Moda’s operations and growth.

Bryan Pelayo, Public Relations Coordinator
With his experience in promotions and marketing, Bryan will oversee the public relations for Moda. He is responsible for establishing our initial partnerships with the models and influencers that will represent the company. Bryan has more than six years of experience in promotions, marketing, sales and hospitality with multiple companies such as Marquee day club & nightclub, Encore beach club and Ameripark.

Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?
First off, we chose Las Vegas because it was the most ideal city for our platform. Being the convention capital of America, we knew we could really make an impact in the growing need for accessibility and affordability in the industry. Second, our team is composed of Las Vegas locals who have deep roots in this community. From those who work in gaming, fashion, nightlife, modeling, to those who practice law, our team is representative of what being a Las Vegas local is about. We live and understand the hard work that our local professionals put in everyday to service the millions of people that come to our city.

What we love about Las Vegas is its uniqueness. There is a certain excitement that is driven by the diversity and fusion of tourists from all over the world & our beloved locals. In a city where 9 to 5 jobs are not the norm, we are able to truly highlight our platform that is based on the idea of work flexibility and convenience. With Moda, anyone can be a model; they can come from any city, be working in a completely different field of work, and even use it when they are traveling. They just need to turn the available button on, and they can enjoy Las Vegas while also having the ability to make extra income.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?
We hope that the Las Vegas community can support us and give us an opportunity to make a positive difference in an industry that has at times been troubled with negative associations. We created Moda to be a solution for models, new and aspiring, to pursue their passions and for businesses to meet their needs efficiently and effectively.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
Use discouragement as an opportunity – Sometimes, when we come up with an idea, we are attached to it so much that every criticism, every problem & setback that we encounter, becomes a discouragement.  Use that discouragement as an opportunity to strengthen your idea to be able to solve the problems that come along the way. Ultimately the finished product will be a reflection of all the set backs that you had to overcome to get there.

Where can we find out more about your company?  What’s your twitter/instagram/snapchat handle(s)?
You can find Moda on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

October 21, 2016 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 LaunchKey Is Acquired by iovation

Many in the community likely know the company LaunchKey. It was originally created at one of the early Las Vegas Startup Weekend events. From there the company was formed and they’ve been one of the hottest startups in the identity and access management (IAM) space ever since. I’ll never forget their “Kill Passwords” sign at SXSW that caught so many people’s attention since password proliferation is a pain for so many of us.

It was recently announced that LaunchKey was acquired by iovation. Here’s a video they put out describing the acquisition.

Congratulations to our friends at LaunchKey. It’s great to see another Vegas Tech startup success.

September 13, 2016 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.

CES 2017 Registration Opens – $100 Registration Fee

As most regular readers know, I’ve been a big fan of CES for a long time. In fact, that hasn’t changed. CES is still an extraordinary show and has gotten better for me each of the 11 years I’ve lived in Las Vegas. CES is just one of hundreds of great conferences that come to Las Vegas. It’s an extraordinary benefit to startup companies in Las Vegas. Registration for CES 2017 is now open if you want to get registered.

While in the past I’ve always posted when CES opens its free registration, that changed last year when CES decided to start charging attendees $100 to attend the event. Past attendees were given a code to register for free, but the days of free CES registration were ending.

For CES 2017, it seems that even CES alumni will be charged $100 to attend the conference if they register by December 20th. If you register for CES 2017 after December 20th, then it will cost you $300 to attend. Of course, members of the media can still register for CES 2017 for free.

At the end of the day, $100 is not a big deal and if it is a big deal to you then you probably shouldn’t attend CES. For most attendees, it’s more of an annoyance than it will be a barrier for them to attend. Considering how packed CES has become, it makes sense that CES uses this minor charge to limit attendance by those that were just partially connected to the industry (it is a closed industry event that’s only open to members of the industry after all).

For those that don’t like the $100 charge, I’m pretty sure CES doesn’t care. CES 2016’s audited attendance stats was 177,393 people (53,808 international) attending the conference. The Twitter hashtag alone had over 16.1 billion impressions just during the show. Yeah, the show could charge way more than $100 and would still not dent attendance. So, I guess we should be glad that they’re only charging $100. We’ll watch how that evolves over time.

As we usually suggest to Las Vegas startup companies, you’re likely to get $100 value out of attending CES. If you’re not sure you can get that value, then don’t go. There are plenty of events that happen during CES or connections you can make with people who come to CES that doesn’t require a registration. No doubt people in your network that you’d like to meet are going to be at CES 2017. Reach out to them and schedule a time to meet. You can still benefit from 178,000 people coming to Las Vegas.

September 7, 2016 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.

Halsey Minor to Speak at Startup Grind Las Vegas

We try not to cover every event that’s happening in the Las Vegas startup community or this blog would just become a Las Vegas startup event blog. However, every once in a while we like to highlight new events or special events that are happening in Las Vegas. In this case, I just wanted to point out that StartupGrind Las Vegas is back.

Starting at CES in January, Michael Terpin together with Warren Whitlock have committed to holding the Startup Grind Las Vegas events again. They always do an incredible job bringing unique, successful, and interesting people to Las Vegas for the events.

This month on April 18, 2016 at 6 PM, the next Startup Grind Las Vegas will host Halsey Minor from Reality Labs and Voxelus. Here’s a little bit more about Halsey:

About HALSEY MINOR (REALITY LABS, VOXELUS)

An Internet and tech pioneer, Halsey Minor was a key player in the digital publishing revolution. In 1993, he founded CNET Networks, the first comprehensive consumer-facing technology content publisher and one of the most-visited and trusted technology information resources in the world. Halsey led CNET to become a NASDAQ 100 company. CNET was acquired by CBS Corporation in 2008 for $1.8 billion.

In 2015, Minor founded Voxelus, a platform that allows anyone, anywhere to create, share and play virtual reality games and experiences without writing a single line of code. Starting January 2016, Uphold connected to the Voxel blockchain (Voxchain), which means that VOX can be transferred between external VOX wallets and Uphold wallets, as well as being convertible from all other currencies supported by Uphold.

If you’ve never been to a Startup Grind, you should register now and attend. Plus, the event is being held at The Iron Yard (1112 S Casino Center Blvd Las Vegas, 89104), so you can learn about their new Hospitality Accelerator as well.

April 12, 2016 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 changes name to #TechVegas

NEWS BULLETIN – APRIL 1, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Effective immediately, #VegasTech has changed its name to #TechVegas.

“We felt there was too much confusion with the old name and wanted to freshen the brand a bit,” said Rick Duggan. “Instead of being primarily about Vegas, the new brand is primarily about Tech. The old brand started with Vegas, the new brand starts with Tech. Get it?” he continued.

Commented Nigel Tufnel, “It’s just like VegasTech, only it’s TechVegas.”

You may see that this change will take a while to take effect. New letterhead is on order, and a team of graphic designers is working on redesigning the #VegasTech logo. The leading candidate for the redesign moves the word “Tech” before the word “Vegas” but some feel the kerning of that design is not quite up to snuff. In addition, new fonts, such as Comic Sans, are being considered. Stay tuned to this blog for updates when the new logo is revealed.

April 1, 2016 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.

FundingPost Pitch Event @ Innevation Center

Hey #VegasTech community (especially early stage companies). FundingPost, a nationwide organization that connects investors and entrpreneurs, is hosting an event at The Innevation Center on March 3, from 10am to 4:30pm. If the FundingPost name sounds familiar, they ran a few events in Las Vegas a while back. They are now operating under a new regional director, Scott Kelly, and plan to run several events this year.

Scott and I had a chance to connect at CES, and I was able to learn more about FundingPost and their approach. While the event does charge an admission fee, I learned that they do not profit from this fee, but merely use it to subsidize travel for the investors they bring in. Given the size of the Vegas market and the number of local investors, I think we can all understand how important it is to expose our local tech companies to outside investors.

The event will be a fantastic opportunity to solidify and test out elevator pitches, network with more than 100 entrepreneurs and investors, and find out what it takes to raise capital for early stage companies.

Regional Manager of FundingPost, Scott Kelly, commented, “We are thrilled to host this event at the Innevation Center. Nevada has a great entrepreneur ecosystem and we look forward to showcasing many of the state’s best companies to investors from throughout the country.”

Like all FundingPost events, the Las Vegas roundtable is expected to not only sell out, but also lead to many success stories. The significance of the Las Vegas conference is to educate entrepreneurs on raising capital, growing their businesses, and helping the local economy build the companies of the future.

Entrepreneurs, startups, investors can register online via http://www.fundingpost.com/breakfast/reg1.asp?event=353

For more information, please contact Scott directly at scott@fundingpost.com.

February 12, 2016 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.

Keyport Launches Their 3.0 Product on Kickstarter at #CES2016

One of the first companies that reached out to us when we started VegasStartups.com was a company called Keyport. They have a nifty keychain solution that would take a massive key chain and turn it into a much more functional, small device. They’re continuing to iterate on their product and have created an entirely modular design that incorporates a lot of the feedback that previous customers have provided.

Keyport’s 3.0 design just landed on Kickstarter and only a few hours in they already have 432 backers and have raised $27,531 of their goal. Check out their Kickstarter video below for more info:

I also love this image which illustrates how multi functional the Keyport has become:
Keyport - Kickstarter by Vegas Tech Companies

They’re doing a Kickstarter kick off party tonight (1/8) at 8 PM. Short notice (my fault) but everyone in the community is invited. The event is at the Keyport Headquarters and retail store at: 3155 W Tompkins Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89103.

I love seeing Keyport having all this success. If you want to support their efforts, go and back Keyport on Kickstarter.

January 8, 2016 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.

Faraday Future’s New Concept Car (FFZERO1) Announced at CES

As we mentioned, Faraday Future announced their new concept car at CES. Here’s a look at the new concept car that will eventually be produced here in Las Vegas in a 3 million square foot factory that will break ground in just a few weeks.

Here’s Faraday Future’s video of the concept:

Here’s a look at their new variable platform architecture which I think is the real announcement even though the car design is the sizzle:

Hope to see many of you at Tech.co’s CES startup night tonight (Doesn’t require a CES registration to attend).

January 5, 2016 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.

Faraday Future Concept Reveal at CES 2016 in Las Vegas

There have been a number of really big things happening in the Las Vegas tech community lately. It’s hard to keep up with all of them and our day job, but we’ll do what we can to catch up on a few of them. In this post we’ll look at the decision by Faraday Future to build a manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas.

This first phase includes a billion dollar investment in the area and should create about 4500 jobs. This should be a nice boon for Nevada and North Las Vegas. More importantly, it’s a great start to building out the APEX Industrial Park in North Las Vegas.

The stealth Faraday Future company is an electric car company, but we really don’t know much more than that. There’s a lot of speculation about what types of cars they’re going to make. Everything from autonomous vehicles to race cars to tesla like cars has been mentioned. They’ve been deliberately vague about what’s happening.

We may get more of an idea of what Faraday Future has been working on on January 4, 2016 at 8 PM PST where Faraday Future will do a concept reveal at CES. You can watch the live Faraday Future concept reveal online. Here’s a short teaser video for their announcement:

The video doesn’t really give much info, but that goes with the territory. It’s exciting to have a car company investing in Las Vegas and announcing their latest concepts in Las Vegas as well. Let’s hope they can deliver something special and unique at CES.

January 2, 2016 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.

Special TechDebut Discount for Las Vegas Tech Companies During CES

I’ve talked many times before about how lucky we are to have CES in Las Vegas every year. Whether you’re attending the official International CES show or not, there’s still a huge opportunity as a startup company in Las Vegas to get exposure during CES and to meet a lot of amazing people.

For those who haven’t been to CES before, it can be a bit overwhelming. We’ll be coming out with a full list of activities you can attend during CES in the future. Until then, I wanted to point out a great discount that Michael Terpin is offering Las Vegas companies that are interested in meeting with media during CES at his event called TechDebut (Formerly known as StartupDebut).

TechDebut during CES
I’ve been to TechDebut every year for a lot of years and Michael and his team always put on a good event. Although, this time they’re making it even easier for CES press to attend the event. Instead of having to shuttle the press over to TechDebut, they’re now holding TechDebut in the suites at Four Seasons. That’s a short walk from Mandalay Bay where a lot of press take part in the official press opening to CES.

For tech companies, they have a tabletop option and a standalone suite option (where you can stay the night as well) where you can feature your company. Like he’s done before, Michael’s offering a discount to Las Vegas tech companies. For all the details, just reach out to them on their contact page and mention that you’re a local Las Vegas tech company.

If you’re not a Las Vegas based company, you can still participate in TechDebut. It’s a great way to get access to a wide variety of CES press. Plus, you get a night in a suite at the Four Seasons hotel which you can use during CES.

CES Party List Party
Another mainstay during CES for the Las Vegas tech community is the CES Party List Party that Michael hosts at his home together with Startup Grind Las Vegas. Be sure to check out the CES Party List for all the various CES parties and come to the event for it on January 9, 2016 from 6-9 PM (although, the party never stops at 9). This marks the return of Startup Grind Las Vegas where you’ll get to meet Joel Comm, author, speaker, Twitter guru and inventor of the “iFart” app.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the various CES events. If you have other events people in the Las Vegas startup community should know about, let us know in the comments.

December 14, 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.

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