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Nodebots Day and Sumo Competition – July 26, 2014

I just got word of a great new event that Las Vegas’ own hardware hackers, Pawel and Susan, are putting together a great event that brings together programmers and hardware hackers called Nodebots Day Las Vegas. The event is happening on Saturday July 26th and every one that’s interested is welcome to attend. The event is being sponsored by and held at Polulu Robotics.

Check out the following description of the event:

Nodebots Day, on 26th July 2014, is a hack day for javascript developers to get together and learn about hardware and build awesome robots with friends over pizza. You will teach yourself how to talk to arduino over serial, build things with popsicle sticks, rubber bands, electronics and have a great time!

Sounds like a fun time and a great way for you to get started with hardware hacking and cool things like 3D printing. Plus, who doesn’t love a good robot sumo competition? If you’ve never seen one, YouTube it and you’ll see what I mean.

July 9, 2014 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.

Free Registration for CES 2015

Each year we try to remind those from Vegas Startup companies about the free registration period for the International CES event in Las Vegas. CES just released the CES 2015 registration page for those who want to register. The free CES registration is only available to those in the consumer electronics industry, but considering the vastness that is CES that includes almost everyone in the Vegas Startup community.

For those not familiar with CES, it brings together some of the top technology people from around the world. It always happens at the start of January each year and this year it’s happening Jan 6-9, 2015. The event takes up all of the Las Vegas Convention Center, The LVH (formerly Las Vegas Hilton), The Sands Convention Center, the Venetian, and this year they’ve added ARIA as the new home for the branding and creative communities. Yes, the event is enormous.

The local #vegastech community usually has a number of events as well that we’ll point out as we get closer to CES. For now, just enjoy the friendly reminder to get your Free CES registration through August 31.

July 8, 2014 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, Shift, Lands $10 Million in Funding

Many people reading this might be asking themselves, there’s a company called Shift in Las Vegas? Well, along with getting $10 million in funding, the company formerly known as Project 100 is now called Shift. The funding and the name change were announced in a blog post by Zach Ware, CEO of Shift. Here’s an excerpt from the announcement that describes where they’re headed with the $10 million:

To our soon-to-be-members we aim to be incredibly simple while the complexity of what we do rests in the hands of our team, behind the scenes. In our core service area, first in Las Vegas and soon in other cities, we will enable people to be on their way riding, driving or biking within five minutes. We’re combining small city cars, larger sedans, shuttles, bikes and more into a single monthly membership designed to remove your thoughts about cost as a factor in whether or not you should go somewhere. By the end of the year we will not only replace your car, but we’ll deliver so much more than your car could ever deliver. And we’ll be far more affordable than you might think.

The blog post also says that the $10MM Series A round was led by Tony Hsieh and that the company now has a team of 22 people.

Best of luck to Zach and the team at Shift as they work to change the way we think about transportation.

May 15, 2014 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.

TiE Las Vegas Chapter Inaugural Event at Inspire Theater

A new entrepreneurial organization called TiE is coming to Las Vegas. TiE is the largest entrepreneurial organization in the world and Sunny Tara, Founder of docBeat, has worked hard to bring a chapter of the organization to Las Vegas.

The event is happening Wednesday night at the Inspire Theater. You can register for the event on Ticket Cake. All the details for the event are below. I hope to see many of you out there for the inaugural TiE Las Vegas event.

Join 25 leading Indian Tech Founders as they share with VegasTech the challenges and opportunities of building a start-up ecosystem in India. Both India and VegasTech are still in the “building” phase of their respective ecosystems.

The Agenda is designed to ensure highly interactive sessions intermixed with rich networking opportunities throughout the evening. We will seek to avoid formality and tedious presentations and bias towards sessions that are more intimate, peer-to-peer oriented and foster a highly engaged discussion.

Place: Inspire Theater
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Wed May 14
Age: 21+
(Please RSVP limited Capacity)

Agenda:
6:00pm – 6:15 pm Introduction of Nevada – India Business Development Council – by Kristopher Sanchez, Director of International Trade, State of Nevada, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
6:15-7:15 Panel Discussion + Q&A. Topic : Growing the Ecosystem – Rise of the Rest – India and Las Vegas
The panel is a good mix of Entrepreneurs / Leaders/ Investors that will share their perspectives on what it would take to grow the ecosystem and create big exits in India and Las Vegas
7:15 – 9:00pm – Drinks and Networking (Private 2nd floor bar at Inspire Theater)

If you haven’t been to the new Inspire Theater, this is your chance. With its state-of-the-art performance space, Wayfarer Bar, New Café and Private second floor bar, Inspire is a new place to see and be seen on East Fremont.

May 12, 2014 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.

Tom Thomas, Managing Partner of Thomas & Mack Co. Luncheon

I’m on the board of the Las Vegas chapter of the BYU Management Society. While most of the members of the organization are BYU graduates, the organization is open to anyone interested in the society’s mission of “moral and ethical leadership and a common code of business conduct and integrity.” My hope is to get many from the Vegas Tech community involved in the organization. I know there are many of you that have a similar business vision and could benefit from networking with those in the organization.

The cornerstone of the organization is a monthly luncheon with a wide variety of interesting speakers. They’ve had everyone from Steven Covey to the CMO of Daimler Chrylser to the keyboardist for Diamond Rio to local education and political leaders.

This month the luncheon speaker is Tom Thomas, Managing Partner of Thomas & Mack Co. and also one of the early investors in the Switch Supernap. In fact, he’s still on their board. He should be able to offer some unique insights to business and real estate in Las Vegas.

It costs $30 to attend if you register before May 7th and $5 more after that date. The event is held upstairs at Brady Industries, 7055 Lindell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118 (map). It’s just down the street from the InNEVation Center.

At 11:30am registration and networking begin with lunch starting at 11:45 AM and the speaker will go on from 12:20am – 1:00pm. I should also mention that the food has always been great. It’s a fully catered lunch that’s more than just some boxes of pizza (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Let me know if you have any questions. I hope I’ll get to see many new and old Vegas Startup community friends at the event.

May 5, 2014 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.

2014 Winners of TechNevada Honors

This week was the TBAN organized TechNevada honors. It’s a great event that brings together the tech community to recognize some local Las Vegas tech companies. In case you missed the event, the 2014 Nominees and Winners (in bold) are listed below:

Technology Company of the Year:
Banjo
Smashmetrics/Revunit
Wedgies

Tech Product of the Year:
Zero Idle Battery
FSL3D, 3D printer

Entrepreneur of the Year Award:
Zach Ware, Project 100 and WIP
Sunny Tara, DocBeat
Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo, TechCocktail

Most Promising Early Stage Start-up:
Skyworks Aerial Systems
Dooing
Paystr
Tealet

Tech Transplant of the Year:
Orderwithme.com
JusCollege
Moveline

At the event, a few other awards were given:
Technology Star in the Public Sector: Thomas Wilczek
Spirit Award: Downtown Podcast
Technology Executive of the Year: Jeff Oberschelp

It’s amazing to see how quickly the Vegas Tech community has grown. Congrats to all the nominees and winners!

April 25, 2014 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.

Las Vegas Startup The Influential Network Launches at Coachella

A new Las Vegas company called The Influential Network is launching with a bang during Coachella. They’ll be hosting a venue called The Influential House where they’ll have some of the biggest and most notable social media personalities. Plus, they’ll have celebrities like Christina Millian, Paris Hilton, and Crystal Hefner as well.

Here’s the full description of The Influential Network:

The Influential Network is one of the largest Twitter and Instagram Network in the world. With over 20 Million followers across dozens of accounts that the company owns and manages, and a proprietary platform with thousands of top influencers, The Influential Network does campaigns for Fortune 500 companies that reach hundreds of millions of people, and organically start worldwide trending topics.

The Influential Network is the platform FOR Influencers, BY Influencers. The Influential Network provides premium accounts the ability to monetize their influence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, YouTube and more. Influencers can now get paid to share the content that their audience craves.

Welcome to the Vegas Tech startup community!

April 14, 2014 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 acquired by Google

Big news everyone: The #VegasTech community has been acquired by Google for $25 billion. In a stunning show of how quickly the community has grown, we are now seeing our first acquisition, and it’s a big one. Sure, the $16 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook followed by their $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift seem like a big deal, but that’s nothing compared to the coup we just scored.

According to Larry Page, “The #VegasTech community has grown by leaps and bounds since 2011, and we felt like we should get in now before it gets bigger than Google. This was, frankly, our only chance to make this acquisition, and we’re pleased we were able to do so.”

According to a Google spokesperson, they plan to keep #VegasTech headquarters in Las Vegas, but may open satellite offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York.

April 1, 2014 I Written By

A veteran of five startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.. Prior to joining the Zappos Family of Companies, he was 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 companies Rolltech and LaunchKey.

Guest Post: Las Vegas Indoor Agriculture Opportunity

The following is a guest post by Nicola Kerslake updating us on indoor agriculture in Nevada. If this interests you, check out the conference happening in Las Vegas on May 14-15th. It’s some pretty cool technology as Nicola describes below.

A little over a year ago, a venture capitalist mentor told me to “go figure out who else is interested in this indoor agriculture stuff”, and so, I began planning the inaugural Indoor Agriculture Conference, which would eventually sell out with more than 230 attendees in April 2013.  Indoor agriculture is growing produce and raising fish in containers, warehouses and greenhouses using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic technologies.  It’s a $600bn+ industry in the US alone; it ranges from growing leafy greens in London underground tunnels to the greenhouse operations that produce around half of the tomatoes we buy in grocery stores.  As we plan this year’s ag-con – on May 14-15 at Springs Preserve – we’re getting calls and emails from as far afield as the UK, Israel and Australia, a reflection of the remarkable growth in interest in the industry over the past year.

Part of this change is just because of time; the projects which were pipedreams a few years’ back are now viable businesses.  For instance, open source hardware firm WindowFarms – its hydroponic kits let you grow food in a window box – raised more than five times its $50,000 target on Kickstarter back in December 2011, and now ships kits all over the world and has more than 42,000 participants in its WindowFarms community.

After a long dry winter, the severity of the drought in the western US has concentrated minds; the California Farm Water Coalition expects 10% of California’s fields to lay fallow this summer.  As we illustrated in a recent infographic, more than a third of the US is in drought and 70% of water is used in agriculture.  Traditional farmers are starting to conserve water and diversify their crops by adding indoor growing to their farms, given that it uses only 10-15% of the water of traditional farming.  Las Vegas sod farmers, Valley Sod Farms, have been experimenting with greenhouse produce, for example.

Indoor ag technology is coming on by leaps and bounds; LED lights cost 25% less than they did 2 years ago, while the Internet of Things revolution is enabling cheaper, simpler control and data gathering systems.  For example, container farm company, Freight Farms, allows farmers to control air temperature, humidity and nutrient levels in container farms from their SmartPhones.

Both venture capitalists and private investors are now taking the industry seriously.  One beneficiary is Indoor Ag-Con keynote BrightFarms, which raised $4.3mn to expand its hydroponic greenhouse network in January; they offer grocery store chains secure produce supply in exchange for a decade-long contract, unusual for the food supply industry.

Las Vegas’s urban agriculture scene is right on trend, with new farms springing up and local community advocates becoming more numerous and more organized.  They’re working on everything from a food hub to a seed library, and the Downtown Rangers are rumored to have ambitious urban agriculture plans of their own.  On the sidelines of last year’s conference, I chatted with Las Vegas local Brett Runion who was in the process of planning an aquaponics (raising fish and growing veggies symbiotically) farm with his family.  That venture – R Fish and Veggies – is now up and running, growing produce such as kale and micogreens and supplying to the likes of Whole Foods Market.

As with any nascent industry, there’s plenty of room for growth; one enthusiast likens indoor ag’s current state to “the solar industry in 2009”, the point at which the industry began tech-driven exponential growth.   We invite you to join us in that growth at our Ag-Con on May 14 and 15.

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Nicola is the founder of Newbean Capital, which manages investment operations for two venture capital mandates and also has significant interests in agriculture, especially indoor agriculture.  The firm will co-host the 2nd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference on May 14-15 alongside the Black Emerald Group, a Bay Area merchant banking group.

March 24, 2014 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: Madrivo

The following is a short company profile interview with Alice Edwards from Madrivo. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company.

Madrivo is an integrated marketing agency that helps companies acquire customers digitally and establish the most cost effective online presence.

In the constantly evolving and incredibly fast-paced digital era, Madrivo is an integrated online marketing agency that develops efficient marketing solutions, unifies customer acquisition strategies, and develops tactics to successfully move traditional operations to the Internet.

Tell us about your team.

The team at Madrivo guides companies, large and small, globally, to establish a strategic online identity. Team members go through an intensive training process to help clients understand the ROI and analytics of ad spends. After all, effective advertising is all about research, analysis, and education. Each client has unique goals, needs, and processes and before the development of a comprehensive digital strategy, each customer is provided with a proprietary marketing study.

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

Several of the major global online marketing and electronics conventions are held in Las Vegas, which makes it a great place to have a corporate headquarters. Clients love to come to Las Vegas to visit the office and team members are given the access to great restaurants, shows, hotels, and nightlife as well as affordable housing within a reasonable commute. Also, we have access to everything from boating to skiing within a few hour (or less) drive.

Online marketing is all about creativity and fun. Las Vegas has a reputation that melds well with both those concepts. Marketing agencies were formerly solely located in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Increasingly, clients also look to Las Vegas for marketing creativity and execution. The city is becoming an incubator for small and medium sized marketing companies, especially those with innovative ideas.

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

Madrivo relies on highly skilled staff in a variety of sectors including graphic design, web development, business development, and sales. The Downtown Project, new developments, cutting-edge hotels and nightclubs all feed the community to provide creative resources in Las Vegas. As Las Vegas continues to attract these people and businesses, it will continue to help Madrivo tap into the abundance of creative and motivated individuals that are moving to Las Vegas, which helps local companies like ours compete globally in online media and agency services.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?

Assess your target market. Before even opening the doors of a new business, talk to potential customers and have clients ready the moment that doors are open for business. This will enable quick profitability, guarantee cash flow, and ensure that the business model is viable. In addition, clients are generally the best motivation for evolution. Access to thriving new businesses drives innovation and Las Vegas has no shortage of unique ideas and opportunities.

January 27, 2014 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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