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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.

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.

Las Vegas Tech Startup Map

One of the first things we created when we started writing Vegas Startups was to create a list of Las Vegas startup companies. The list hasn’t evolved much since we first started it, but we continue to add companies to the list every week. It still needs some polish and if you’re company is missing from out list, let us know on our contact us page. However, it’s a pretty good list of the companies in the Las Vegas startup community.

A while back I saw a few other communities create a map of all the various startup companies in their town. I was jealous of them, but didn’t have the time to be able to follow in their footsteps and create one for Vegas (they made their code available for other communities). Well, someone else in the Vegas Tech community took the initiative and created the Vegas Tech Map.

It’s a great little way to visualize the various startup companies in Las Vegas. Although, it will be even more cool when all of the companies are added. It only has 27 startups on their list now, so we still need a lot of companies to submit their company to the list. If you have a tech startup company, go to the Vegas Tech Map and click the “Add Something” button.

I look forward to seeing the hundreds of Las Vegas startup companies spread across the entire valley (including those of us who technically live in Henderson).

April 11, 2013 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.

Where’s the Money? Access to Capital Business Expo Comes to Las Vegas

One of the biggest complaints I hear in the Las Vegas startup community is “I need capital to start my business.” If you’re one of the many that are found in this situation, there’s an event coming to Las Vegas called “Where’s the Money?®” that focuses on how to get access to capital for your business.

They’ve gathered Community Resource Providers, Banks & Local Entrepreneurs to discuss “Where’s the Money?®” in this event focused on finding capital, managing that capitol and growing your small business.

Here are the event details:
When: Saturday, March 23rd – 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Where: Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, 129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
What: Networking Breakfast, Resource Expo, Full Luncheon, Workshops, and One on One Consultation
Cost: FREE for VegasStartups.com readers! Just use the promo code: vegasstartups when you register.

The event will feature a Loan Pavilion where you can sit one-on-one with a loan consultant to discuss and determine your lending options in a more confidential setting. The Business Expo & Workshops are conducted by panels of experts providing learning opportunities based on their own experiences and the chance to obtain information from business resource providers & lenders to help you find the money your business needs!

If you want more information or to register by phone you can call the Nevada Microenterprise Initiative at 702-734-3555.

Nevada Microenterprise Initiative

March 14, 2013 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.

Digital World Expo Startup Speaker Series

I should have posted about this before, but I was just reminded that tomorrow is the last day to submit your startup company for the Digital World Expo Startup Speaker Series. You can see all the details on submitting an application at the link, but here are the application requirements:

  1. Companies must be 2 years old or younger.
  2. Presentation length: Up to 10 min only.
  3. Tech-development and tech-media services, products, or tools only.
  4. Products and services must fulfill a specific consumer or professional need.

That fits a lot of Vegas Tech companies. I participated last year and it was a great experience getting on stage and pitching. Plus, I still talk with many of the Vegas Tech people I met at the event about the experience and how our relationship started at Digital World Expo. There’s a special kinship that happens when you each have an experience pitching on the same stage.

If you haven’t already, go and submit your startup company. Plus, the Digital World Expo party was incredible as well. This being the second year, I bet it will be bigger and better.

For those of you who don’t have a startup company, you can register to attend as well. To see the startup pitches you only need the $25 (or possibly free) registration for the exhibit hall. If you’re interested in the digital world and the 50 different classes and workshops, then the pass is $750.

I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of Vegas Tech people at Digital World Expo.

September 5, 2012 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.

Pitch Your Startup for a Chance at $500k from the Vegas Tech Fund

Many of you who attended Startup Weekend and the Vegas Jelly have likely already heard about this, but I wanted to make sure that all the Las Vegas startup companies that were interested heard about this opportunity.

Here’s what’s happening if you’re a startup company interested in a chance at $500k in investment:

  • Create a Company Profile on CrowdFunder: win community votes and Supporters
  • Contest Judges pick 10 startups to pitch at live event to the Vegas Tech Fund
  • Winner meets with the Vegas Tech Fund partners for up to $500,000 in funding*

See all the details on the CrowdStart LV Startup Competition page. One caveat worth mentioning is that in order to get the funding, you’ll have to relocate to Las Vegas to be part of the Vegas community. Of course, if you know anything about the Vegas Tech Fund, then you’ll understand why this is a requirement.

Best of luck to those startup companies that plan to participate.

August 14, 2012 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.

ScripSmart, Ayloo, Rumgr, and #VegasTech on Fox 5 Las Vegas

Fox Channel 5 in Las Vegas just did a report on a number of Las Vegas startup companies along with Usr Lib and the Downtown project. The report includes Vegas Startup founders Judd Lillestrand, CEO of ScripSmart, Mark Johnson, Chief Brand Officer of Ayloo, and Dylan Bathurst, CEO of Rumgr. Zach Ware also talked about the Downtown project.

It’s always great to see the local TV stations and other local press covering what’s happening with Las Vegas startup companies and the broader Vegas Tech community. I have a feeling Matt DeLucia and Fox are going to be filing a lot more stories about Las Vegas startup companies.

Here’s the video of the coverage in case you missed it:

April 10, 2012 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.

PhoneSoap – Vegas Tech on Kickstarter

My friend, Dan Barnes, recently sent me a link to a KickStarter project he and his partners had created called Phone Soap: Simultaneously Charge and Sanitize Your Phone. Dan Barnes lives in Las Vegas and has been working really hard on this project. It’s a project that I’m sure many germophobes will appreciate as well.

The cool part is that Dan and his team have already raised $7,098 as of this posting from 119 backers. That’s a really great start to their project. Although, they need to reach their goal of $18,000 in the next 27 days in order to fully fund the project.

I saw some of their first designs for this product and they’ve come a really long way since those first designs. Their current design is much slicker and I can see a lot of people really liking it. If you like their idea and want to support Vegas Tech, back their project on Kickstarter.

While this is the first time I’ve posted about a startup company using Kickstarter and similar sites to raise money, I’m sure it won’t be the last. In fact, Vegas Tech company Romotive also got some initial funding through Kickstarter as well.

I also found another Downtown Project on IndieGoGo as well called Build a Greener Block. As it says in it’s description, “Who says there’s no community in Las Vegas… because we’re building one – green and sustainably.” They’ve already raised $3,499 towards their $6,500 goal and have 24 days left. Sounds like they’re going to put on a pretty killer event down town.

This is just one example why startup companies will continue to move to Las Vegas. The Las Vegas community is going through its own startup phase and a lot of smart and passionate people are doing a lot of interesting things to see what sticks. It’s an exciting time to be an entrepreneur in Las Vegas.

April 5, 2012 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.

White House Las Vegas Urban Economic Forum

Tomorrow, March 29, the White House is coming to Las Vegas to hold an Urban Economic Forum in Las Vegas. It should be an interesting event for Las Vegas that will bring together a lot of the most successful business people in Las Vegas to connect and hopefully help each other out in these trying economic times.

I have a feeling that the Vegas Tech startup community will be at the event in full force. One of the cool things I just found out today is that they’ll be live streaming the event on the White House website. So, if you can’t attend the live event, you can at least check out the live stream.

Some might argue that it’s hard to network with other Las Vegas startup companies and business people on a live stream. While this is true to a large extent, that doesn’t mean you can’t network with other Las Vegas business owners. All you have to do is hop on Twitter and search for the hashtag #UrbanEconForum. A number of people have already tweeted that they’ll be live tweeting the event.

They also just sent out the final agenda for the Las Vegas Urban Economic Forum as well. I’ve embedded it below. I hope to see and/or tweet with many of you tomorrow at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

March 28, 2012 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.

Fall Back Las Vegas Startup Companies

This post was originally posted by John Lynn on his personal Las Vegas Startup Blog.

I know I’m kind of crazy to admit it, but one of my hobbies is to read venture capitalist and startup entrepreneur blogs. Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to go after VC money for a startup company of my own. I haven’t needed to do so yet, but maybe one day. Until then, I’ll continue to enjoy it as a hobby.

As I mentioned in my last update, I’ve been doing what I can to help grow the internet startup eco-system in Las Vegas. As I continue to meet more Las Vegas entrepreneurs, I see all sorts of challenges and issues related to the Las Vegas startup eco-system. One of those issues is having more Fall Back Las Vegas Startup Companies.

This is one of the powerful features of a city with a strong startup environment. The numbers are against every startup company. If I remember right, it’s something like 9 of every 10 startup companies fails (and that might be being generous). That means the majority of new companies that are created are going to fail. We need more Las Vegas startup companies so that if and when a startup company fails the founders and employees of those companies know they have other companies they can go and work for.

One beauty of silicon valley and other startup hubs is that the culture accepts companies failing and there are other opportunities if and when it does fail. Certainly even in silicon valley they aren’t happy when the company they’re working for fails. However, at least when it does happen, they have a lot of other companies that will hire them. They don’t have to go start parking cars to pay the bills, but can move on to another startup company. Rinse and repeat.

Ok, I may be oversimplifying it a little bit, but the ability of a city to absorb talented people who worked for a startup company that’s failed is something I’d love to see happen in Las Vegas.

Creating a list of Las Vegas startup companies like we’ve started to do is the first step. Events like Startup Weekend Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Jellies are another step. Little by little, we’ll get there. The strip wasn’t built in a night. A Las Vegas startup eco-system won’t be either.

June 29, 2011 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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