Hey everybody, it’s VegasTech’s birthday. Today, I am officially* declaring VegasTech’s birthday.
They grow up so fast, don’t they? Only a year ago, there was no VegasTech. Only a year ago, there was lots of tech (as we know now) but no community to share it with.
Since then, we’ve created the following:
- Vegas Jelly (weekly)
- Office Hours (weekly)
- LaunchUp (bi-monthly)
- Mobile Monday (bi-monthly)
- Ignite (quarterly)
- Inspire (quarterly)
- Startup Weekend (June & November)
And, as I like to say, Doing/Helping every single day.
Let’s not forget /usr/lib, the tech library and co-working lite space downtown.
But most importantly, we together have created VegasTech.
And we’re being recognized for it. Here are just some of the stories in the press that have come out in the last few months.
- For startups, Las Vegas is a beautifully clean slate
- An inside look at the high-tech awakening in Las Vegas
- Las Vegas StartupBus
- Garage Sale App Rumgr Raises $500K From Zappos CEO (And Others)
- App maker gets a Zappos lift
- Tony Hsieh’s Excellent Las Vegas Adventure
- Tony Hsieh’s new $350 million startup
- Las Vegas tech company’s robots grab CES spotlight
- Digital Desert Hub – Can The Downtown Project Create Silicon Strip In Vegas
- The New Start-up Scene: From Silicon Strip to Silicon Mitten
- Vegas Tech: Morning in Vegas
So why am I claiming, even half-jokingly, that VegasTech is a year old now? Because it is. At least in Internet time. Actually, in my view, we’ve accomplished 5 years worth of work in less than a year. And while I think the anniversary of the first Las Vegas Jelly (April 26th) makes a good birthday, planning for that and the first Startup Weekend began before that date. So today’s kind of a good date to choose.
Look around, VegasTech. Look around at the friends you’ve made. Look at the people you’ve helped. Look at the companies that have been started and at the ones that have moved here. If you’re near another VegasTech member, pat them on the back. If not, pat yourself on the back. You deserve it.
We’re not done yet, not by a long shot. As one of our mentors, Brad Feld, would say, we need to have a twenty year view. From today. And a twenty year view. From tomorrow. And a twenty year view. From 10 years from now. A twenty year view. Forever. I like that.
* – Okay, I have no authority to do this. You know this. I know this.