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Keyport Launches Their 3.0 Product on Kickstarter at #CES2016

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

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

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

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

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

January 8, 2016 I Written By

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 5, 2016 I Written By

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

Faraday Future Concept Reveal at CES 2016 in Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

January 2, 2016 I Written By

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

Special TechDebut Discount for Las Vegas Tech Companies During CES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 14, 2015 I Written By

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

Uber Now Picks Up at Las Vegas Airport

We’ve been following Uber in Vegas since it first started, then got shutdown and then was restarted. While Uber has been available in Las Vegas since September, there was still the little caveat that it couldn’t pickup at McCarren airport. In fact, it wasn’t suppose to drop off either, but they were doing it anyway.

The Las Vegas Sun recently reported that Uber can now pickup and drop off at the Las Vegas airport (McCarran Airport). This is great news for the 176,000 or so of our closest tech friends that are coming for CES can now order an Uber from the airport.

It’s been interesting seeing Uber battle the various rules and regulations in Las Vegas. Seems like they’ve won everything they need to operate quite effectively in Las Vegas now. I’ll be interested to see how their relationships with the casinos will evolve over time. Will they start having an Uber and Lyft specific waiting area?

We still don’t have that monorail stop at the airport, but at least we now have Uber and Lyft available for those who come to Las Vegas. That’s a good change.

December 9, 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.

Startup Weekend Las Vegas is Back – Nov 20-22, 2015

I can’t keep track of how many Startup Weekend’s we’ve had in Las Vegas, but I always want to support Startup Weekend Las Vegas. For those who haven’t been around the Las Vegas startup community for very long, the first Startup Weekend Las Vegas was the kick off to everything we now know as #VegasTech. That first event together with the Vegas Jelly really brought the Las Vegas tech startup community together in a way that wasn’t happening previous to the event.

With all of that said, I’m excited that Startup Weekend Las Vegas is happening again on November 20-22, 2015 at UNLV Beam Hall and you can register here. The format is the same as usual. The kickoff on Friday with anyone who wants to pitching an idea. Then, teams are formed around the ideas and work begins to build the idea. Teams work all day Saturday and Sunday morning fleshing out their idea and launching their product/website/company. Sunday afternoon you present your idea to the judges and the prizes are awarded.

Outside of the logistics of Startup Weekend, you also get fed amazing food, get to meet and work with tons of amazing people, and you might walk away with prizes. The best part of these events really is the opportunity to meet and connect with other participants in a real working environment. You learn a lot about people when you’re working on a fun project in a time constrained situation.

It’s also worth mentioning that a number of Vegas Startup companies were started at Startup Weekend Las Vegas including one that eventually sold to eBay.

Everyone is welcome to attend Startup Weekend. There’s registration for Non-Technical, Developers, and Designers, so register now. Also, there’s a guest pass to just attend the pitches on Friday and the presentations on Sunday.

I hope to see many of you there!

November 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.

Drone Racing In Las Vegas

My friend just posted information about a Downtown Las Vegas Drone Racing event called XDC_ONE that is happening this Sunday at the historic Western Hotel. They’re opening the Western on Saturday for drone pilots to practice and then the racing starts Sunday November 14th at 10 AM. They are offering a $2500 cash purse plus prizes for the winning pilots.

Be sure to register for the event if you plan to attend. It’s free to watch the drone races and is only $5 for Vegas locals to race and $15 for those outside Las Vegas.

Here are the rules for those interested in racing:

  • “One size fits all”
  • 150-300mm Motor-to-Motor
  • Max 6″ propellers
  • Max VTX power 250mW
  • AMA membership required

And the flyer with all the details:
Drone Racing Competition in Las Vegas

November 9, 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.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Training for #VegasTech – Learn from the Best

Most of the startup companies I’ve talked to want to leverage SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as part of their marketing strategy. One of the real benefits of living in Las Vegas is that some of the best SEO experts live here or visit here regularly.

With that in mind, I was excited when my friend and Las Vegas local Kristine Schachinger told me about her new SEO training class. For those who don’t know Kristine Schchinger, she’s been working online for 17 years and writes for some of the best SEO websites out there. I know that every time I’m able to spend time with her I learn more keys to SEO which I use to benefit my business.

What’s even better is that Kristine has brought in Fili Wiese, a former senior Google Search Quality team member to teach the SEO class with her right after the Pubcon conference in Las Vegas. Here’s what they plan to share in their full day SEO training:

  • Get insights into Google Search you never heard of before.
  • Learn all about User Experience Marketing.
  • Get unique tips and tricks that will help your SEO to the next level.
  • Attend the after session networking event for a chance to speak 1-on-1 with the speakers and other attendees.
  • Talk to the experts that know from first hand experience – no more guesswork!

The good news is that this SEO training is happening here in Las Vegas at the Innevation Center. We all know how great a venue that is for an event like this. Plus, they’re offering breakfast and lunch at the event and will be doing a hangout after the event where people can ask any questions they didn’t get answered during the class.

If you have a Las Vegas startup company that’s looking to improve your SEO, I highly recommend taking part in this training.

September 17, 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.

Uber is Back in Vegas – #NVLovesUber

Almost a year ago we wrote about Uber starting service in Vegas. After a battle with the Taxi Authority which requested and got a court order for Uber to stop its service and then some new legislation to make Uber possible in Las Vegas, you can now order an Uber in Las Vegas.

I read one report that it cost Uber half a million dollars to start service in Nevada again. Plus, they said Uber requested 7000 drivers from the state which was the max number they could request. No doubt they’re not going to start with 7000 drivers (a lot more drivers than there are cabs in Las Vegas), but I’m sure they just took the opportunity to get while the getting was good.

Based on the Twitter conversation on the announcement Uber will still not be available for pickup at the Las Vegas Airport (McCarren Airport) or from the strip. However, Uber should be able to drop off at the Las Vegas Strip and at McCarren airport. I wonder how many people will walk a block away from their hotel and order an Uber. I can see that happening a lot during CES.

Engadget has an awful article on Uber in Vegas and references travel from “Summerlin in the Southeast and Henderson in the Northwest” (Woops! Got that switched!). You can see some estimated prices for Uber in Las Vegas in Uber’s announcement about the Las Vegas service. Feels a bit pricey, but it is convenient if you’ve never used Uber before.

Welcome back to Las Vegas Uber! Many, many people in the tech startup community have wanted you here for a long time.

September 15, 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 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.

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