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Vegas Startup Company LaunchKey Is Acquired by iovation

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

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

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

September 13, 2016 I Written By

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

CES 2017 Registration Opens – $100 Registration Fee

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 7, 2016 I Written By

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

Halsey Minor to Speak at Startup Grind Las Vegas

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

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

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

About HALSEY MINOR (REALITY LABS, VOXELUS)

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

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

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

April 12, 2016 I Written By

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

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.

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