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Tech Cocktail Celebrate

Tech Cocktail Celebrate
If you are part of the Las Vegas tech startup community and haven’t heard about the Tech Cocktail Celebrate event, then you’re missing out. It’s happening October 6th and 7th in Downtown Las Vegas and brings together an amazing set of entrepreneurs and investors from across the country. You can still get tickets to the event here.

For those of you who don’t want to spring for tickets to the event, Tech Cocktail is still looking for some volunteers to help out at the event as well. Here are the details:

Tech Cocktail is looking for volunteers for Celebrate Conference, a two day conference with hundred of attendees: industry leaders, innovative startups, creative technologists, investors, community builders and inspiring speakers.

Volunteers are needed October 6 & 7th with a variety of shifts available so you can also enjoy the show. Sign up today!

I look forward to seeing many of you at Celebrate!

September 30, 2014 I Written By

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

Two Great Vegas Startup Events

We try not to cover all of the events happening in Las Vegas startup world, because if we did the whole blog would be about various events happening around town. However, I saw these two events today and thought they were worth highlighting for readers who might not know about them.

CommunityCation Luncheon ft. Andrew Citores of JusCollege – For those who don’t know, the InNEVation Center has been holding their monthly CommunityCation lunches. At first I wasn’t sure if they were open only to members of the InNEVation center, but I’ve learned that they’re open to everyone and anyone who wants to attend. Check it out. Plus, who can argue with free lunch. Not to mention JusCollege is a pretty cool company.

Startup Grind Las Vegas Summer BBQ with Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel (Fatal1ty Gaming Gear) – If you’ve never been to a Startup Grind, then you’re missing out as well. Michael Terpin and company do a good job putting together these events. Plus, Fatal1ty has some of the best stories. I first knew him as the first professional gamer and I’m happy that Wikipedia backs that up. Jonathan (or Fatal1ty) should be a great interview.

Check out these events. I’m looking to attend both of them as well. Always lots to do any lots of ways to connect.

August 12, 2014 I Written By

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

The Las Vegas Startup Community Growth

When Rick and I first met to talk about startup companies in Las Vegas, we could list about 20 startup companies that we knew of in the city. We figured there were at least double that number that just didn’t know about. Either way, we projected about 40 tech startup companies in Las Vegas. Turns out that there were more than 40, but no one knew each other. All of the companies were just working in there own separate silos. We even started a startup company list (which is now woefully outdated) to list the companies we found.

What’s happened over the last 3 years to what we now affectionately call the Vegas Tech community is phenomenal. At the time Zappos and Switch were doing very little to support the tech startup community. In fact, no one really was. Obviously that’s completely different today with The Downtown Project and the Innevation center.

Although, what’s even more interesting to me is that there are enough startup companies in Las Vegas today that the Las Vegas startup community is a really interesting place to visit. There’s a breadth, depth and variety of companies available that certainly weren’t here before. Plus, there are some amazing venues to meet as well.

I think this is an amazing and wonderful transition. I do wonder if Vegas Tech has grown so big that in many ways we’re headed back into the past where the startup companies work largely in their own silos and don’t get out and connect with others in the startup community. In the beginning there was a real excitement in the air and nobody knew anyone. This made for a great dynamic where intros were easy and exciting.

Don’t get me wrong. I think the Vegas Tech community needs to grow, mature, and develop some awesome companies that are the pillars of the future. Although, a part of me wonders how we can recreate the intimacy and connectivity that we saw and felt in the early days. Maybe it can’t.

August 5, 2014 I Written By

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

Nodebots Day and Sumo Competition – July 26, 2014

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

Check out the following description of the event:

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

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

July 9, 2014 I Written By

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

Free Registration for CES 2015

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

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

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

July 8, 2014 I Written By

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

Vegas Startup Company, Shift, Lands $10 Million in Funding

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

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

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

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

May 15, 2014 I Written By

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

TiE Las Vegas Chapter Inaugural Event at Inspire Theater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 12, 2014 I Written By

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 5, 2014 I Written By

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

2014 Winners of TechNevada Honors

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

Technology Company of the Year:
Banjo
Smashmetrics/Revunit
Wedgies

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

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

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

Tech Transplant of the Year:
Orderwithme.com
JusCollege
Moveline

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

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

April 25, 2014 I Written By

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

Las Vegas Startup The Influential Network Launches at Coachella

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

Here’s the full description of The Influential Network:

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

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

Welcome to the Vegas Tech startup community!

April 14, 2014 I Written By

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

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