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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.

Support Vegas Tech Company StoAmigo on IndieGogo

Now that the Las Vegas community has come together to Save the Huntridge Theater, another vegas tech startup company needs your support on IndieGogo. The vegas startup company is StoAmigo and their product is a private cloud called CloudLocker.

As of the writing of this post, they’d raised $18,503 from 216 funders with the goal of $50,000. Considering all the Snowden privacy stuff in the news, I imagine a lot of people are wondering how they can get the convenience of the cloud without storing their personal information on someone else’s cloud. CloudLocker could be the solution they’re looking for. I love one line from their campaign, “If you’re worried about your data in the cloud, get your own cloud.”

If that’s not enough to get you interested, check out the pictures they posted of dogs wearing their QR code dog tags.

Here’s a video with more details on CloudLocker:

Obviously, donations to the campaign help, but so do comments, likes, shares, and views. So, check out their campaign and help out a #vegastech company.

July 18, 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.

Vegas Startup Company on ABC’s Shark Tank

On April 5th, a local Las Vegas startup company was on the popular ABC show, Shark Tank. The company is called Liddup and they have a really interesting story. The following is a recent interview Taylor Gwiazdon from Liddup. In the interview he talks about the Liddup product, the experience on Shark Tank, and how the Las Vegas community can help them out.

I know that many in the Vegas Startup community, including myself, love Shark Tank. So, you’ll enjoy hearing from someone who’s been on the show.

What’s Liddup?

We have taken the common ice chest/cooler and incorporated interior lighting, just like your refrigerator: you open the lid and the lights come on.  The cooler industry has been stagnant for years and being able to find what you are looking for just makes sense to us.  The LEDs inside the LiddUp Cooler give you ample lighting to find your favorite item.

Tell us about your experience getting on Shark Tank.  Was it harder to get on being from Las Vegas?

Our experience on Shark Tank was incredible.  It was definitely one of the most exciting moments for LiddUp.  The national exposure was great for our product, millions of people saw the cooler on the show and we enjoyed every minute of the taping.  It allowed us to finally showcase our product to the public.  I don’t think being from Las Vegas had any sort of impact on our approval.

What was it like being on Shark Tank?  How many times did you have to pitch to be on the show?  How much do the producers work with you on your pitch?

Being on the show was a surreal moment.  It was intense standing in front of five prominent venture capitalists and pitching our product for the first time.  We practiced our pitch and rebuttal questions for months making sure we were on point with every detail of our company and could properly handle any question while on set.  At the time of taping we were a pre-revenue start-up company so we had to appropriately justify the valuation of our company.  We wrote our pitch and the producers were helpful in structuring it.  The great thing about the show is that it’s all business and the dialogue is non-scripted.  What you see is what you get.  The experience overall was exciting and intense, a moment we will never forget.

We had a slightly more fortunate approval process than most.  We were introduced to one of the producers of the show who loved our product and thought we would be a great fit for Shark Tank.  We went through the application process, paper work and audition video, and he was able to drop it right on one of the executive producer’s desk to see if they would like.  They loved us!

What was your background before going on Shark Tank?

Jayson is the founder and inventor of the LiddUp Cooler.  He has worked in the dental industry for 27 years and has an incredibly creative mind, which led to the invention of the LiddUp Cooler.

I have a degree in Civil Engineering and I am currently the National Marketing Manager at ARIA Resort & Casino.

Tell us some of the pros and cons of running Liddup in Las Vegas.

Honestly, we cannot see any cons for running LiddUp out of Las Vegas.  The pros to us are unparalleled.  We have tax benefits, an incredible network of entrepreneurs and successful businessmen and women, all the amenities to entertain clients, great weather and a huge LiddUp following.  We enjoy living here in Las Vegas and it seems to be working out pretty well

Any suggestions for Las Vegas entrepreneurs?

If you are passionate about a project or business that you started then wake up every day and do something that gets you nearer to your goal.  It could be a baby step or a giant leap, just try to make forward progress.  A common phrase we have heard, and learned is: “An overnight success typically takes seven years!”  Times will be tough and difficult decisions will need to be made but you have to be able to get past those moments if you want to succeed.  We follow these three rules when making a decision: logical, ethical and just shoot.  Some people are afraid to take a shot, chance, leap, or even a simple step, but you’ll never know the outcome unless you try.   If you do not know how to do something then ask for help. Nobody knows everything and we have made sure to surround ourselves with people who are smarter than us in different fields and areas.  This has really made us stronger, together we are better.

What’s Liddup doing today, and what can the Vegas community do to help you?

We are ready to go and cannot wait to fulfill all the orders but we need your help to get there!  We have chosen our suppliers and manufacturing partners and are ready to get the LiddUp Cooler into your hands.  LiddUp has been issued four patents on the interior lighting technology and we’ve finalized our CAD design drawings for our first three production models

One of our primary goals is to produce the LiddUp Coolers in the USA to provide jobs in America and help stimulate our economy. We have started a Kickstarter Campaign to raise some production money so we can construct our first cooler molds and begin the initial mass production here in the USA.  We have already received strong distributor interest from Amazon, SkyMall and major outdoor and camping supply retailers.

We would like to ask the Las Vegas community to go to our website www.liddup.com, take a look around, like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter and support our Kickstarter campaign with a pledge so you can be one of the first to own the LiddUp Cooler and get it in a store near you.

May 7, 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.

Keyport Makes ~$135k on Kickstarter

Fellow Las Vegas startup company, Keyport, is in the last 9 days of their Kickstarter project for the Keyport Slide 2.0. They’ve just passed over 2000 backers for their project and raised $134,413 when I started writing this post. Plus, they’ve added a stretch goal if they’re able to reach $150k on Kickstarter.

For those not familiar with Keyport, here’s a short description of their product:

Keyport combines technology, convenience, and style to redefine the way in which we customize, carry, and interact with our most frequently used personal items typically crammed onto a keychain or stuffed uncomfortably into a pocket or purse. Pairing utility with style, the Keyport Slide combines keys and many everyday-carry items into a streamlined keychain alternative that easily attaches to any auto remote.

Keyport Slide 2.0 - Keychain Reinvented
Keyport Slide 2.0 - Keychain Reinvented

Let’s help out our fellow Las Vegas startup company and support Keyport on Kickstarter. It’s great to see another Las Vegas startup company see success on Kickstarter.

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.

$5 Million from Sequoia Capital for Vegas Tech Company Romotive

The first company that Vegas Tech Fund ever funded, Romotive, has just recently announced a $5 million round of funding led by Sequoia Capital and includes Crunchfund, Ron Conway’s SV Angel and others. This is a great achievement for Romotive and a great next step for Vegas Tech as well. So much for the myth that Silicon Valley firms don’t want to invest in Las Vegas startup companies.

Romotive has been killing it as they’ve grown the company to 18 employees based out of downtown Las Vegas. They also have worked hard to move their second robot production run out of their apartment and into a factory in China which can pump out thousands of Romos a week. The article about Romotive by Tech Cocktail also highlights that you can even by a Romo featured in the Neiman Marcus catalogue.

At $150 price point, the Romo is at a low enough price point that it makes for a great gift. Where else have you seen a $150 robot that can do what Romo does? Plus, it seems that they’re poised well to take advantage of the Christmas shopping season where Romo could be a great gift. Let’s hope Romotive can get their Romos out there and can handle the Christmas demand.

Romotive originally raised about $115,000 from a $32,000 Kickstarter campaign. While $5 million of funding will help them grow the company, Romotive made the decision to do another Kickstarter campaign as a great way to get Romos in more people hands. It looks like this was a good plan, since they’ve already raised $109,290 on the new Kickstarter campaign.

For those not familiar with Romo, here’s the Romotive Kickstarter video which does a good job showing the product:

October 22, 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.

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