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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.

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.
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.
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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.

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.

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