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VegasTech Turns One!

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:

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.

And just like the real cycle of life, we can mourn the loss of a couple of entities: BloomWorlds and The Shop LV.

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.

February 26, 2012 I Written By

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Sports Challenge Network, Inc., a VegasTech startup creating new technology for one of the world's most popular sports, ten pin bowling. Prior to joining Sports Challenge Network predecessor Rolltech, he was Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.; Chief Technology Officer of Thinker, Inc., a Las Vegas-based provider of digital signage; and co-founder and VP of Engineering & Operations at Incanta. One of the first people involved in the VegasTech community, he acts as a community evangelist, mentor, and is co-creator of the blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey, recently acquired by iovation.

First Vegas Tech Company Hits the Deadpool: BloomWorlds

Ok, so the title is no doubt a bit misleading. Certainly there have been many many Tech companies in Las Vegas that have hit the deadpool before. However, this is the first one since Las Vegas Startups began to close its doors. I’m sorry to see BloomWorlds go.

Todd and Darrell wrote a heartfelt and thoughtful post mortem on what went wrong with their startup. If you’re doing a startup in Las Vegas, I recommend you go and read the entire post. They do a great job teaching a lot of important lessons they learned often from the mistakes they made. I guess it’s true that hindsight is 20/20.

For those too lazy to go read the whole thing, this part was what hit me the most:

We needed to build our MVP and launch that shit! No matter how ugly it was, how buggy it seemed, it never launched! We rewrote code, rewrote web copy, and re designed the site….twice. What a waste of time and resources, this is a huge lesson learned and perhaps our biggest mistake.

A part of me wishes that I’d pushed Todd harder to launch his stuff. I think there are a few other Vegas Tech companies I’m going to have to apply this too as well. Thanks Todd and Darrell for being willing to open up and share your experience so we can learn from it.

Of course, the end of BloomWorlds is just the end of the company and not the end of the entrepreneurs. This story still isn’t finished. Here’s the last paragraph from the post-mortem:

We may be down, but not out. This is a list of things to do differently for our next venture which is already being in alpha tested. We’ve got one big fail out of the way. We are entrepreneurs, we are creators, and we are passionate. And we’ve learned. Stick with us. It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning. We want to make you all proud!

Now I just need to get me an alpha invite to their new project. Oh how I love the spirit of the entrepreneur.

October 12, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the 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: and, 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 blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

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