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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.
Castoff Logo
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!
Castoff Founders
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

SportS&Growth

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.
logo-combase

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.

The Future of #VegasTech – SWCTA 2015 Senior Capstone Projects

Yesterday I had the chance to browse the senior capstone projects from the Southwest Career and Technical Academy’s (SWCTA) web students. You might remember that I wrote about my first time visiting SWCTA a few years ago. I was excited about what they created then and I was just as excited about what they created last night.

This year I decided to bring along my 8 year old daughter and 5 year old son as a way for them to be inspired by these high school students. I think my kids were a little sad that last night was only the web students night and not the gaming students, but they enjoyed themselves just the same. Each of the seniors were in teams of two and had to develop a website that was targeted at teaching elementary kids. So, it was appropriate for me to bring them some test subjects (even if they might have been a little young for some of the websites).

I won’t go through each of the projects, but there was a wide variety of websites teaching about music, sports and fitness, marine biology, various engines, art, and much more. It was fun to see them using javascript, jquery, and lightboxes to make their websites interactive.

I didn’t have a chance to view every project, but from the ones I saw there was one project that really stood out to me and my children. The project was called Perfect Cents by Janay Hagans and Lena Gomez.
Vegas High School Tech Students
You can see for yourself, but the design was really well executed with clean lines and a really professional look and feel. I loved that they leveraged some open source options for things like their Design a Dollar and Word Search. I realize when you’re learning to code you have to be careful using too much open source without learning the basics, but their website seemed to offer the balance of both.

Most exciting for me was to hear Janay said she was planning to study computer science in college and Lena was planning to work on graphic design (although, she used some new age term which an old guy like me didn’t capture). I love seeing this in any young kids, but especially in two young ladies. Now you can see why I brought my daughter to see and be inspired by them.

It’s really great to see what Cindi Chang is doing with her web students at SWCTA. We as a #VegasTech community need to make sure we do what we can to support them. They’re going to be a big part of the future of #VegasTech community. A small investment in them now will pay big dividends to the community later. Plus, don’t be surprised if a few years from now you’re hiring some of them like I’ve done.

March 27, 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.

Wedgies Brings Another $1.2 Million in Funding to Vegas

Ann Diab from TechCocktail is reporting that Wedgies.com has just done a second close on a $1.2 million round of seed financing. You may remember that we wrote about Wedgies $700k or financing previously. Not sure how they’re counting the funding, but Ann reports that this round brings their total funding to $1.8 million.

In the previous round it was reported that Greycroft Partners, VegasTechFund, KBS+ Ventures, and Battle Born Venture were the investors. This round adds Advancit Capital, MESA Ventures, Knight Foundation, Canyon Creek Capital, and TYLT LAB to their list of investors.

This funding shouldn’t come as a surprise since Wedgies has been powering the polls of a bunch of high power events including the live stream page for Obama’s State of the Union address. They certainly provide a unique and simple approach to polling that is appreciated by many.

Ann also reported that two Las Vegas developers, Jen Wilhelm and Pawel Szymczykowski have joined the Wedgies team. I’ve known both of them since the first Startup Weekend Las Vegas (Jen was on my team) which kicked off what we now know as Vegas Tech. They are both great additions to an already powerful team. I’m looking forward to seeing Wedgies continue to progress.

As we did in the last Wedgie funding post, we’ll include a wedgie poll below:

March 26, 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: Revive Brand

The following is a short company profile interview with Jonathan Santos, CEO of Revive Brand. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.
Revive Brand
Tell us about your company.

Revive Brand Co. is a bag and accessories lifestyle brand based in Las Vegas. We develop, design and currently manufacture our products in the United States. Our products have expanded with the growth of the company since its inception in 2010.  Duffle bags, backpacks, tablet sleeves and much more are all a part of our diverse product offering. It takes an incredible amount of work and intensity to make each product because we want that attention to detail to come across to our customers.  We have our products in a few stores in town including LVCK and Urban Necessities in Downtown Container Park and Boulevard Mall respectively. Daily the Revive name is growing and more people are becoming a part of the #revivelife.

Tell us about your team.

Jonathan Santos: CEO- The guy who had the dream and inspired this break into the bag industry.  Man of many talents most importantly managing the day to day tasks and the company vision of Revive.

Cesar Santos: R&D- We call Cesar the “Jacknife” because he can do so many different things like fix cars, computers, and it turns out he is sick with designing and hand creating prototypes and products for Revive.

Amanda Appling: Creative Director- Amanda has the eye for everything we do creatively including our product prints, fabrics, and details. Nothing gets past her and she makes sure of it.

Medin Gebrezgier: CMO- Constantly working on getting the name out for Revive in different ways. With one goal in mind; that every store carries the products and customers have something to be loyal to.

Keith Pilot: Brand Manager- Keith is our guy working on ways for us to improve and spread our brands message.

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

We chose Las Vegas because it is home for all of us. Being natives we feel it is important to give back to our community and bring more business to our town.  This city being 24 hours is helpful and there is virtually unlimited room for growth.

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

Follow us on social media and take a good look at what we have to offer. When you are school shopping or searching for a gift, take a chance on us, we will not disappoint.  This is not a gimmick or a flash in the pan, Revive is here to stay and we want you to be a part of it. We are also in talks with many major industry retailers who want to distribute and carry our products. So, if you are an investor or know of one who is that’s looking to expand their portfolio, please let us know. We would gladly send a business plan and explain our goals and objectives

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?

First things first; know what you want in the beginning. You can save yourself a lot of time and loss if you know what you want and work toward that goal. By doing that all of the pain you suffer and money you spend will be used towards that, instead of blowing in the wind.  Take full ownership of every detail in your business. It is yours and if something is wrong, it’s no one’s fault but your own. The faster you come to that realization the faster success will come. Finally, the only way someone can fail technically is if they stop. Apply this logic to building your business and it will pay dividends.

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

Check out the website www.revivebrandco.com our twitter is @revivebrandco. Can’t wait to meet you!

February 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.

My Guide to Visiting the #VegasTech Startup Community

One of the most common questions we get here at Vegas Startups goes something like this “I’m coming to Las Vegas, can you connect me to what’s happening in the Vegas Startup Community.” Sometimes they have variations like asking us to introduce them to startup companies or startup founders, but the concept is generally the same. They’re in Las Vegas, and they want to check out/hang out with/learn about the Las Vegas startups and the Las Vegas startup community while they’re here.

With this in mind, I thought I’d create what I consider my guide to getting to know the Las Vegas startup community. Plus, I had a couple guys from Brazil that I promised I’d help get to know the Vegas Startup community since they were planning a visit. So, this is inspired by my Brazilian startup friends (or soon to be friends).

There are two main centers of startup activity in Las Vegas: Downtown Las Vegas (Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project is the core of this) and the InNEVation Center (Switch/Supernap is behind this). Visiting both of these communities will give you a good feel for the Las Vegas startup community. Then, along with these communities you have a wide variety of startup companies throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Now for some more specifics on these two hubs of the Las Vegas startup community and a few other resources to help you with a visit to Las Vegas:

InNEVation Center
The InNEVation center is Rob Roy’s (Founder of Switch) “gift” the community. It really is an amazing asset in the Las Vegas startup community. The InNEVation center is this really unique mix of co-working, a great meeting venue, and office space for Las Vegas tech companies.

If you reach out to the InNEVation Center, they should be able to schedule you a tour of the space. It’s a really unique venue that makes for a great tour. Otherwise, you can also check out the InNEVation Center blog to see some of the latest happenings. Each month they host a CommunityCation Luncheon which is great and they also list a wide variety of meetups every month. Attending one of those meetups is another great way to meet the community.

Behind the InNEVation Center is a company called Supernap (Switch). If you’re looking for a data center option for your company, getting a tour of the Supernap should be on your list of things to do in Las Vegas. It’s an amazing experience (at least for a data center and tech geek like me).

Downtown Project – Downtown Vegas
The Downtown Project is Tony Hsieh’s (CEO of Zappos) $350 million investment in downtown. As of this post, the project consists of over 300 businesses that span the spectrum of tech startup companies, restaurants, venues, healthcare, education, and even a supermarket.

With that said, it’s hard to summarize everything that’s going on in Downtown Las Vegas that might interest you. However, you might start with a Tour of Zappos and Downtown. They have a number of options if you want someone to kind of introduce you to the area.

If you’d like to do your own tour of Downtown, I’d suggest you stop by the co-working space Work In Progress and then spend some time enjoying The Beat Coffee Shop, The Gold Spike, and Downtown Container Park. For a more specialized experience, you can check out Stitch Factory (Fashion), SYN Shop (Hacker Space), or Turntable Health (Healthcare).

As for tech startup investments and funding in Downtown Vegas, you’ll want to check out the Vegas Tech Fund and also the The Mill. The later includes an Idea Accelerator and a Startup Accelerator.

Regular Events
Community Dinners – Happens Every Wednesday night at 6 in various locations in Downtown Las Vegas. Organized by @WorkInProgress, so check with them for the latest details.

InNEVation Center Meetups – More meetups than we can keep track of.

Downtown Podcast – Happens Every Thursday Night at 9 PM. It started with a little more tech focus, but has lately been more Downtown Las Vegas focused. Still a fun event where you can meet people Downtown.

Tech Cocktail Week – Las Vegas – Usually happens the 2nd week of the month (Wed-Sat) in various locations in Downtown Las Vegas. Organized by @TechCocktailLV, so check with them for the latest details.

#VegasTech Hashtag
One of the very best ways to connect with the Vegas Tech startup community is to use the #vegastech hashtag on Twitter. The community really connects and rallies around that hashtag. A large portion of the community monitor it regularly and it’s a great way for you to connect with people in the Vegas Tech community. Feel free to post a message that you’re in town and who you’d like to meet. The community is likely to respond or connect you to the right person/company.

Vegas Tech Companies
Along with our own list of Las Vegas startup companies (which continually needs updating), there are a number of other places that have lists of Vegas Startup companies. Unfortunately, none of them are comprehensive. In fact, I don’t think all of these lists combined together would be comprehensive since the community is growing in such a dynamic way. However, it should give you a start when identifying startup companies in Las Vegas that could be of interest to you during your visit:
Vegas Startups Company List
Vegas Tech Funded Companies
InNEVation Companies
Work In Progress Companies
Vegas Tech Map
Vegas Valley Angels

Conclusion
Hopefully this gives you a small taste of what’s happening in the Las Vegas startup community and where you should go if you’re ever visiting Las Vegas. No doubt there is a lot more happening than’s described in this post. Plus, I expect it to be out of date tomorrow as things are constantly changing. That’s the fun of being in such a vibrant and exciting startup community. The comments on the post are open if someone in the community wants to highlight something I’ve missed.

February 6, 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: eBrokerHouse

The following is a short company profile interview with Alan Fenn, CEO of eBrokerHouse. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company.

eBrokerHouse is a transaction and offer management platform for real estate professionals. We serve every market in the country. Our platform allows agents to manage every back office aspect of their real estate transactions in one location. We eliminate the need for agents to use multiple software platforms for listing managment, CRM, showings, offers, tasks, notes, doc storage, etc.

Our most popular feature is online offer submission, which allows agents to receive offers on their listings online direct from the MLS. Listing agents can ensure complete offers are submitted to them and that they come over in a uniform format for easy organization and management. This feature also adds a lot of transparency to the offer process for all parties.

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

The company was actually started in Ohio, but we chose to relocate the business to Las Vegas for a several reasons. One was the real estate market. Las Vegas has a very dynamic real estate market and some of the best real estate professionals in the country. Things tend to happen here before they hit the rest of the country. Being in Las Vegas and consulting with local agents allows us to identify industry trends early and adapt our offerings accordingly. Also, being close to most of the important industry events and conventions was a huge factor. Plus we love the weather.

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

Las Vegas has the highest percentage of agents that have adopted our platform than any other market. So we just hope local real estate professionals will continue to support our efforts and promote the benefits of our technology.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to pivot strategy and don’t wait to long to do so if things aren’t going as well as you had hoped. Many times it will be very clear that a strategy is not working like you had planned, but entrepreneurs can be stubborn and think if they just tweak this or that, things will change. You need to be honest with yourself and pivot sooner than later. There are several things we have done or are doing now that I waited quite awhile to pull the trigger on. I wish we would have done them sooner and we would be that much further ahead.

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

http://ebrokerhouse.com

January 25, 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: Discotech

The following is a short company profile interview with Ian Chen, Co-Founder and CEO of Discotech. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company.
Discotech is the “OpenTable for Nightlife”. Our free to download mobile app allows users to discover events, reserve bottle service, purchase tickets, and sign up for VIP guest lists at nightlife venues in different cities. Discotech is live on the iOS and Android app stores, and we currently service 5 cities – Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Washington D.C. Our mission is to bring transparency to the inefficient and outdated nightlife reservation space – you can think of it as a virtual promoter that can get you into any of the 80+ clubs that we currently work with. (Our partners include the biggest clubs in the U.S, including XS, Hakkasan, Marquee, Drais, etc.)

Furthermore, Discotech also offers a customer loyalty program that allows users to accrue points based on their spend and redeem them for rewards such as free bottles of champagne and liquor. The page most frequently viewed on our app is the Events page, which allows users to see which clubs are open and which DJs are playing by date.

The idea for Discotech came about from the customers perspective. After having one too many negative experiences dealing with traditional nightclub promoters (getting promised a certain price for a table, and then showing up at the venue and discovering that the same table is double the price), we decided to take matters into our own hand by leveraging technology to disrupt the space.

Discotech is currently angel funded, and has raised over $500K in our first round. We are in the process of raising our second round where we hope to raise 7 figures.

Tell us about your team.
Our team was founded by 4 UC Berkeley grads from the class of 2008 who have been friends since our Freshman year. After college, we all went our own direction, pursuing different careers, but we quit our jobs and came together to build Discotech. Two of the founders have a business background and handle the sales, operations, and marketing side of the business, and two of the founders are mobile developers.

The team developed Discotech in San Francisco, but moved to LA together to launch the product there. We have since moved to Las Vegas to expand our product. The team lives together and works together out of a house in Summerlin. (Think the show “Silicon Valley”, but in LA and Las Vegas) We used to do a lot of “market research” together at the clubs here in Las Vegas, but quickly burned out, and now spend our free time being nerds and playing board games like Settlers of Catan.

Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?
We chose Las Vegas because it is by far the largest market for Nightlife in the United States, and we want to be as close as possible to our biggest customers / partners.

There is actually a lot that we love about Las Vegas. For one, we love that housing prices here are so affordable! We live in a great 4 bedroom house and are paying about half of what we were paying in LA, and a quarter of what we were paying in San Francisco. Secondly, there are a lot of great restaurants outside of the strip.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?
The Las Vegas community has already been very supportive and I have met a number of people from the Vegas Tech Community who have been great friends and mentors to me.

Our biggest challenge right now is actually in recruiting, we are looking to onboard at least 2 more developers to our team and its not an easy task!

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
I think its a good idea to get an experienced advisor who has been through the entire start up process to back your team. There are a lot of processes that you have to go through with every start up, and having someone who has been there to guide you through the different moves can save your team a lot of heart ache and effort. (For example, setting up a corporation, filling out the 83B / tax documents, Founders agreements, fund raising documents, etc).

Where can we find out more about your company? What’s your twitter handle?
Some additional links:
Website: http://www.discotech.me/
Discotech app on iPhone
Discotech app on Android
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January 3, 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.

A Vegas Tech CES 2015 Preview

One of the best benefits of living in Las Vegas is that we’re the conference capital of the world. If you have a niche that interests you, a conference for that niche sooner or later comes through Las Vegas. However, a few conferences call Las Vegas home permanently. The International CES event is one event that I can’t ever imagine leaving Las Vegas. Mostly because no where else is large enough to hold it. That’s a nice quiver in the cap of the Vegas Tech community.

If you haven’t registered for the event, it’s now $200 on-site registration. Next year, if you register before August, then it’s free for those in the industry (that’s everyone in Vegas Tech). However, even if you don’t want to drop the 200 bones on late registration there are a lot of local events with CES attendees that you can attend. Here’s a look at a few of them that are open to Vegas Tech community members.

Startup Debut – This media showcase is organized every year at CES and SXSW by Vegas’ own Michael Terpin and will be on January 4, 2015 from 7-10 PM. It includes dozens of startups and hundreds of top media. If you’re a startup company that wants to exhibit at the event, you better go and apply now. Michael usually gives Vegas Tech startup companies a 50% discount to be in the Vegas startups pavilion. If you’re press, you can sign up to attend the event as well. Michael and his team always do a good job at this event and have a variety of really interesting companies on display. Plus, it’s a much nicer environment to connect with them than the CES show floor which is insane.

Startup Night Downtown Vegas – This event is organized by Vegas’ own TechCocktail together with CES and Eureka Park (CES’ startup area). The event is happening on January 5th from 6-9 PM at the Gold Spike downtown. This should be a great event that brings together many in the Vegas Tech startup community together with startups from around the world. There are shuttle buses from the Venetian to downtown for those who need them. The event is free, but you must RSVP.

Tech Stars Mobility and Robotics Accelerator Info Sessions – If you have an interest in the TechStars accelerator programs, they are holding two meetups at Work in Progress: The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Info Session and The Techstars Mobility Accelerator driven by Detroit Info Session. Look like good sessions to learn more about the programs and network with other people interested in those programs.

CES PartyList and Wrap Party and Startup Grind Las Vegas – This event is also done by Michael Terpin and does a nice job book ending the CES event on Friday January 9th from 5-10 PM. It’s a combined CES Party List and Startup Grind Las Vegas event. It’s always a nice way to end the week at CES and talk with others about what you saw during the week. The event is free, but you need to RSVP.

I’m sure there are other events happening. If you know of others that the Vegas Tech community should know about, please let us know in the comments and we’ll update the list.

January 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.

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