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Vegas Startup Company Profile: Moda

The following is a short company profile interview with Victor Teruel, CEO from Moda. Moda is a mobile application that connects available model in any city directly to clients for immediate bookings. 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
While the idea behind Moda stems from my own experience as a client having a difficult time trying to book models last minute for an event, its development is earnestly rooted in all the feedback that we received from all the models and businesses that we work with. Before we started with development, we made it a point to personally listen to all the models that we interviewed. We wanted to know their thoughts and frustrations, to understand their experiences in the current industry and what they like and dislike about their agents and agencies. We were stunned that there were many recurring themes, of payment delays, high commissions taken by their agencies, lack of respect for their privacy and personal space, and worst sexual harassment.  It was through this, that we made it our goal to engineer Moda’s platform to be a solution, one that every model can have to empower themselves to pursue their dreams of being discovered in a safe & reliable platform, all in the palm of their hands.

Tell us about your team
Victor Teruel, CEO
Moda originated from Victor’s experience in business and fashion. He founded Moda, with the intent to simplify the process of hiring talent by allowing models to be hired by clients directly through their mobile device. Victor is a successful entrepreneur whose first business was in promotions as the Co- Founder and Managing Director of REM Nightlife Entertainment LLC. He is also a partner of MAMAM Delifoods, a restaurant corporation in the Philippines.  He has worked for major luxury fashion houses like Fendi- LVMH, Celine- LVMH and Miu Miu- Prada Group with multiple roles in customer relation’s management, sales management, merchandising & operations.

Sagar Raich, President
Sagar cofounded Moda with the intent of allowing anyone to be a model and to be in the promotions and fashion industries. Having worked at large financial firms like Merrill Lynch, having been the Managing Partner of his own successful Corporate Law based Law Firm for many years, and having run many successful businesses, Sagar brings unique finance, law, and business perspectives in running and growing Moda. As a businessman, Sagar’s involvement in conventions, promotions, and marketing will also allow him to successfully handle Moda’s operations and growth.

Bryan Pelayo, Public Relations Coordinator
With his experience in promotions and marketing, Bryan will oversee the public relations for Moda. He is responsible for establishing our initial partnerships with the models and influencers that will represent the company. Bryan has more than six years of experience in promotions, marketing, sales and hospitality with multiple companies such as Marquee day club & nightclub, Encore beach club and Ameripark.

Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?
First off, we chose Las Vegas because it was the most ideal city for our platform. Being the convention capital of America, we knew we could really make an impact in the growing need for accessibility and affordability in the industry. Second, our team is composed of Las Vegas locals who have deep roots in this community. From those who work in gaming, fashion, nightlife, modeling, to those who practice law, our team is representative of what being a Las Vegas local is about. We live and understand the hard work that our local professionals put in everyday to service the millions of people that come to our city.

What we love about Las Vegas is its uniqueness. There is a certain excitement that is driven by the diversity and fusion of tourists from all over the world & our beloved locals. In a city where 9 to 5 jobs are not the norm, we are able to truly highlight our platform that is based on the idea of work flexibility and convenience. With Moda, anyone can be a model; they can come from any city, be working in a completely different field of work, and even use it when they are traveling. They just need to turn the available button on, and they can enjoy Las Vegas while also having the ability to make extra income.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?
We hope that the Las Vegas community can support us and give us an opportunity to make a positive difference in an industry that has at times been troubled with negative associations. We created Moda to be a solution for models, new and aspiring, to pursue their passions and for businesses to meet their needs efficiently and effectively.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
Use discouragement as an opportunity – Sometimes, when we come up with an idea, we are attached to it so much that every criticism, every problem & setback that we encounter, becomes a discouragement.  Use that discouragement as an opportunity to strengthen your idea to be able to solve the problems that come along the way. Ultimately the finished product will be a reflection of all the set backs that you had to overcome to get there.

Where can we find out more about your company?  What’s your twitter/instagram/snapchat handle(s)?
You can find Moda on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

October 21, 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.

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.

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.
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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.

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