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Technovation Solutions in Las Vegas

Check out the following interview with new Vegas Startup company, Technovation Solutions.

Tell us about your company.
With the foundational support of companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and NEC, Technovation Solutions has developed a business and technology integration center focused on building winning customer experiences and supplying the tools/software necessary to enable those experiences in a cost efficient manner.  We aggregate small and medium sized, cutting edge technology companies and work with them to drive leads, generate sales and integrate with other Technovation partner companies to create these solutions.  While our first foray is within the hospitality/travel vertical, we are also working to develop our retail, healthcare and education verticals.

Tell us about your team.
Our team is rather unique in that it consists of not only our direct hires but the entirety of our partner companies as well.  We work in a highly collaborative environment to meet client needs.  Additionally, on staff we have skills that cross a variety of disciplines including entrepreneurship, financing, and business and marketing strategy, sales and business development, partner services and support, and strong backgrounds in systems engineering and integration.

Why did you choose Las Vegas?  What do you love about Las Vegas?
Las Vegas was a particularly easy choice because of the breadth of conferences, meetings, and events that occur here.  These events allow us to access the range of clients and customers that we and our partner companies are targeting.  It allows us to not only showcase partner technology but provide a backdrop of great food, entertainment, and hospitality to our clients.  Furthermore, because of its entertainment value, even outside the normal convention/event calendar, we are able to entice folks to our Center. What we love about Las Vegas is how business-friendly and accessible it is. The city provides something for everyone at whatever budget they need. Close to 40 million people travel to Las Vegas annually. When you look at the hospitality industry behind the scenes in Las Vegas, it shows good technology paired with ongoing innovation.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?  
The Las Vegas community provides a lot of opportunity for emerging businesses like ours, but you get what you give. The more we involve ourselves within the community, the more opportunities and success we can create. It is no secret that tech companies are moving to Las Vegas. It is still a town where who you know can really maximize your reach. By getting involved in the community you will know the movers and shakers. It’s like Teddy Roosevelt once said, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

That said, the Las Vegas community can help us by coming to visit the Center at 9555 Hillwood Dr., Suite 140; telling colleagues about our services; and following us on Twitter at @Technovationctr.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
Financial management is key—overseeing and essentially counting your pennies is a must in any start-up!  Associating with groups, people and others with significant expertise and presence in your market helps dramatically in building credibility in the market and facilitating sales.  Surrounding yourself with a team that fills in where your weaknesses exist and working in a true team fashion is critical to success as well.  Taking risks and managing the risk factors as you do so is a true skill–seek all the help you need to ensure that you do this right.

Where can we find out more about your company?  What’s your twitter handle?
Visit us online at www.technovationsolutions.com. Follow us on Twitter @Technovationctr.

November 5, 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.

Effortless Office – Vegas Startup Profile

Ever since we started VegasStartups.com, we’ve been adding to our list of Las Vegas startup companies. While not comprehensive, it’s getting pretty close (if your company is missing, let us know on our contact us page). Along with companies contacting us to be added to this list, they also often ask about how their company can be featured on our site. Rick and I are both busy with our own jobs and startup efforts, and so we often don’t have the time to do a full on feature of a company despite our desire to do so.

This recently happened to me again when a company called Effortless Office contacted us. After thinking about my lack of time, a lightbulb went off. “What if I create a generic Startup Profile?” Basically a list of questions that any Vegas startup company could answer and would introduce readers of this to a new Vegas Startup company.

That long winded intro aside, here’s the first Vegas Startup profile of Effortless Office as answered by Corbin Bridge:
Effortless Office
Tell us about your company
Effortless Office (EO) provides a virtual desktop solution and helps migrate companies to the cloud.  Our technology allows users to access their desktops from any location on almost any device. Our pricing model involves a fixed month to month fee to help users eliminate variable IT costs, allowing for easier budgeting. We also provide 24/7 tech support.  By moving a client’s desktop to the cloud, we eliminate the need for them to keep servers at their offices.  This provides greater security for our clients as our servers are housed at the Switch facility. Included in our services are anti-virus and spam monitoring. Finally, by utilizing a thin client we are able to eliminate the need for PC’s throughout an office. This helps reduce hardware costs and the thin client utilizes roughly 80% less power than a PC!

Tell us about your team
We have a small, yet diverse team!  Our owner, Ben Gayheart, has a degree in Engineering and has shaped the vision for EO.  Previously, Ben developed and ran Ascent Solutions which served the Las Vegas community for over 10 years!  We have a dedicated and passionate programming and tech support team with many years of experience in the technology industry.

Why did you choose Las Vegas?  What do you love about Las Vegas?
Before we were EO we were Ascent Solutions.  We proudly served the Las Vegas community, both on the strip and local businesses, for over 10 years.  When we rebranded as EO, we decided to stay in Las Vegas to continue operating in this great community! We love the energy here in Vegas. The people, the companies, the emerging tech startup scene! All these factors provide an excellent work environment.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?
Visit our website and contact us with questions.  Ultimately, we would like to convert every site visitor into a user.  We are able to provide demo accounts if clients would like to experience how we work before purchasing our services.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
Results do not come from inaction or from luck.  Define your goal and go to work.  Mistakes are learning opportunities. Every successful entrepreneur has made them and learned from them and developed a better company because of them.

Where can we find out more about your company?  What’s your twitter handle?
You can find more information at our website www.effortlessoffice.com or visit us on twitter at @EOcloud.  You can also contact Corbin Bridge at cbridge@effortlessoffice.com for additional questions and to inquire about utilizing our services.

If you’d like your Vegas Startup profile published, drop us a note on our Contact Us page.

September 12, 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.

Catching Up With Tabeso

I recently had an email exchange with Chad Ramos from Tabeso and thought it would be fun to do a quick email interview to catch up with him and the team at Tabeso. I know Tabeso had been working really hard and so I wanted to get an update on their progress. Plus, I was pretty sure that many who read this site hadn’t yet heard of Tabeso. I hope you enjoy the following 3 questions with Chad Ramos from Tabeso.

Chad Ramos - Tabeso - Gold Spike

1. What’s Tabeso and what features make it a must use app for Vegas Tech?

What we’ve created is the most engaging and interactive platform ever built for listing & discovering events around you (or in any city that you’re traveling to). We have both proactive and reactive ways of getting you that data. You can search for venues and organizations and follow them, which will fill your stream with quality events that are most likely relevant to you. Or you can simply search on a radius based search for events that are taking place up to 100 miles around you. There is also an activity stream where you can see all the events your friends are sharing. And then there are lists, like the #VegasTech page where it lists events happening all over the city that are relevant to us.

2. What are some of the numbers behind Tabeso since you launched the application?

Right now we are in a Public Beta. We’ve launched and are in the app store (since March) but we’ve taken the feedback we’ve received from users and clients and are working on the version that we consider our true public version due in late summer. We have 2.5 million events in the system right now and that number is growing every day. We have about 17,000 users at this moment, with a pace to be at about 30,000 once we hit our 2.0 in late summer. We have 5,000 YouTube subscribers with 300k video views. We have some very special partnerships, endorsements and other announcements we’ll be making over the next few months that will coincide with our public launch. We’re pretty stoked.

3. What’s the goal of Tabeso 3 years from now?

We want to be THE source for events happening around the world. We are not only creating an app that users find useful, we are teaming up with massive brands, universities and government entities to build a software that works for them to publish their events onto one mobile-ready database. Unlike most other event apps, we haven’t compromised user experience for data, so you’ll find just as many free local events as you will large concerts & sporting events.

Thanks Chad and Tabeso for the interview. If you haven’t seen Tabeso, check it out and also watch their most recent YouTube video “Be a FUN Family“. Word on the street is that next month they’ll be opening their portal so that any venue or organization can create their own page on Tabeso and publish their events for the world to discover.

June 25, 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.

Interview with IntelliTalent Founder, Jamie Amaral

The following is an interview with the founder of newly launched Vegas Startup company, IntelliTalent, Jamie Amaral.

Tell us more about IntelliTalent.

We are a recruiter-owned company formed as an antidote to the general dissatisfaction of the recruitment industry overall.

Powered by both technology and human researchers, our revolutionary new online recruitment service is a comprehensive candidate sourcing solution – on steroids! It’s incredibly cost-effective and timely, with plans as low as $1589 per vacancy and no additional per-hire fees.

We leverage an expert research team and disciplined sourcing techniques to help our clients identify top talent, providing them with highly accurate active and passive candidate resumes – fast.

Why did you choose Las Vegas as the home of IntelliTalent?

Well, it started because the taxes are less! guess we had a certain degree of subconscious foresight because now that we are involved in the Las Vegas startup community, we couldn’t be happier with our choice.

At what point should someone in the Vegas Tech community consider using IntelliTalent to find employees?

We believe in the startup community – we even offer a startup discount package.

The thing is, the time, resources and expertise required to identify and screen resumes internally is daunting and costly, and the price tag of a traditional recruitment agency simply cannot be justified for 95% of open vacancies.

We created IntelliTalent because we wanted to level the talent acquisition playing field for small and mid size companies. Our service will empower the Vegas Tech community with access to the right talent (which is also today’s greatest corporate resource).

So, to answer your question – if you are tired of paying hefty agency fees, struggling with your in-house recruitment efforts, overwhelmed by all of the work and frustrated by your lack of results…CALL US!

How does the cost of your service compare with other hiring services out there?

Our clients are saving an average of 90% in recruitment agency fees. Although with our service, they do have to do some of the leg work themselves – like scheduling interviews, negotiating with candidates, etc.

In addition, if you add up the job board fees and hours of resume filtering and Boolean searching, we are also less expensive and less time consuming than if you try to fill the role in-house. It’s a no-brainer.

Simply put, IntelliTalent is the Legal Zoom of the recruitment industry. We give you access to top talent without paying top dollar so you can focus on growing your company and on doing your job.

What’s the biggest challenge you face with IntelliTalent?

Our challenge lies in educating companies on what is possible. The recruitment industry is a guild model – our goal is to pull back the curtain and bring the industry up-to-date with a solution that clearly makes more sense. Although our service is more cost effective, less time consuming and gives you enhanced control over your recruitment process, overcoming resistance to change remains our greatest challenge. There is a saying, “No one ever got fired for hiring IBM…”

Tell us more about the IntelliTalent team.

Our team is made up of a passionate group of recruiters, researchers, account managers, technologists and industry partners committed to redefining the recruitment industry by offering the most innovative and effective solution in the marketplace.

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen happening in the Vegas Tech community?

It’s all exciting! The movement Tony is facilitating with the Downtown Project is tremendous. There is an undeniable buzz in the air that we hope to contribute to on some level.

What’s your advice for startup entrepreneurs?

Do the thing you cannot not do; follow your next highest excitement; let fun and easy be your guide. And trust that they will not lead you astray!

How can the Vegas Tech community support IntelliTalent?

We feel so loved and supported already. Let us help you!

February 4, 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.

Interview with Ben Ow from Vegas Tech Startup Company StoAmigo

Many people probably haven’t heard of StoAmigo, since they just announced the public beta for their new media sharing and streaming system in preparation for CES. Backed by the international technology company Duvon Corporation, we’re glad to have StoAmigo call Las Vegas home.

As part of StoAmigo’s move to public beta, I took the chance to learn more about StoAmigo from Ben Ow, President and Chief Creative Officer of Duvon.
stoamigo love share show
Tell us a little more about StoAmigo.
StoAmigo is a cloud-based media management system designed for sharing, showing and streaming digital media – whether the user’s needs are personal or professional. From documents and photos to music and movies, we offer users a secure place to keep the digital content that matters the most to them. We also have additional features that set us apart from other cloud services.

How is StoAmigo funded?
StoAmigo is privately funded by its founders.

How long have you been in Las Vegas and why did StoAmigo choose Las Vegas?
Duvon Corporation, the entity behind StoAmigo, has been in Las Vegas since 2004 and has been developing other technology products. Stoamigo evolved from one of Duvon’s earlier product lines. Duvon chose Las Vegas because of the business-friendly atmosphere not only in the city, but in the entire state of Nevada. It is close enough to the major hubs of San Francisco and Los Angeles but is a more economical place in which to base our operations. The weather is certainly an added bonus. Now that the city is transforming itself, becoming more diversified and focusing on technology industries as well, we know we made the right choice.

Why should someone use StoAmigo versus the other similar options out there?
We believe StoAmigo brings something special to the table. While storage is certainly one component of our product, we see StoAmigo as more of a social tool that connects users with family and friends through shared content. Our focus is on providing better ways for our users to enjoy and share their digital media, which we do with enhanced music, photo and video streaming features.

From a security aspect, StoAmigo is committed to protecting our users’ media. We offer unique permission settings that give users an extra measure of personal control over their files. Users have the ability to determine whether something they’ve shared with someone can be downloaded or simply viewed or listened to from the cloud. Our system also allows users to retract or modify share permissions at anytime.

In addition, we take our users’ personal privacy very seriously. We trust them to use StoAmigo responsibly, so we don’t micromanage their accounts or content. We protect our user’s personal information and don’t share it with outside vendors or marketing companies.

Where do you see cloud storage like StoAmigo going in the future?
The cloud storage industry has seen incredible growth recently, with personal cloud storage subscriptions growing from less than 300 million in 2011 to over 500 million this year. That trend is expected to continue and research from Gartner, Inc. indicates consumers will be storing 36% of their digital content in the cloud by 2016 – up from just 7% in 2011.

While there are already a number of cloud service providers, I think the ones that are going to remain relevant are those that can find niche audiences and satisfy specific needs. For example, many cloud service providers don’t offer comprehensive music or video streaming features like StoAmigo does. Music, photos and video are such a large part of the digital landscape; we want to provide a service where users can enjoy and share them in a way that is better than our competitors.

What’s your biggest challenge today?
Educating people about new and emerging technologies is the biggest challenge for any technology company. Different people have different degrees of comfort with technology, and developing applications that effect behavioral changes is a daunting task. For example, while cloud service is growing in popularity, there are still those who hesitate to use it. At StoAmigo, we seek to change that by presenting the cloud as a safe place where people can keep the digital media they love and share it or show it anywhere, at any time.

Tell us more about the StoAmigo team. How big is it and what’s their background?
We are fortunate that we are quite large when compared to most startups. While StoAmigo’s headquarters is in Las Vegas, we’re actually a global company. We also have offices in Atlanta, China and the Ukraine. Our team is made up of talented, innovative, highly-motivated individuals with a variety of backgrounds such as engineering, business, software programming/development, information technology, communications, marketing, law, graphic arts and more. We have a great mix of people who are dedicated to ensuring StoAmigo offers the best possible user experience.

What are some of the benefits of having your business in Las Vegas?
The business-friendly atmosphere of Nevada and the city of Las Vegas is definitely the biggest benefit. Other benefits include lower operating costs, a major convention venue, great weather year round, and close proximity to Silicon Valley.

What’s your best advice for other startup entrepreneurs?
Surround yourself with bright, experienced and well-rounded people. Find people who will fit into your organization’s culture, rather than those who only fit a particular functional position you have available. These types do not come often, so be on the lookout constantly – even if you have no positions to fill.

In what ways can the Vegas Tech community support StoAmigo?
Use our products and platform. There is no better way to support a local Vegas business and help it to grow. As we grow we will drive new job creation, boost the local economy and help solidify the foundations of the tech industry in this region.

January 4, 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.

Nihongo Master – Vegas Startup Teaching Japanese


In our continued effort to highlight some of the various startups found in Las Vegas, we did another interview with Taylor Dondich, the founder of Nihongo Master.

Taylor Dondich, pre-Startup


Tell us a little more about Nihongo Master.
Nihongo Master is an online Japanese learning site that focuses on social interaction to make language learning an engaging activity. Nihongo Master is a bit different from other online language learning platforms in that it’s built with gamification techniques to help drive knowledge retention and study adherence (such as practicing your vocabulary every day). We further engage our learners with creative high quality lessons, a strong mobile experience for on-the-go studying and other features to make us the best language learning experience possible.

What’s the background of the Nihongo Master team?
Nihongo Master is lead by myself, in which I have worked for tech companies of all sizes. I’ve worked at Yahoo as a Senior Engineer where I really built up my tech chops. I’ve also worked for other companies of various sizes such as Groundwork Open Source, Splunk and Federated Media. Since my background is completely tech, I am the architect and main developer for all the custom technology behind Nihongo Master. We have a Japanese language instructor who has an educational background in Asian languages that just blows my mind. You can see his talent in the lessons we offer. We also have an illustrator, native speaker and community manager. All of these individuals are top notch and I couldn’t be happier with our team.

How long have you been in Las Vegas?
I’m a Vegas native! Born and raised, I started off my career actually in Computer Networking back when Novell was still very common. I was working as a Network Engineer for the Four Queens Hotel and Casino when I started writing open source software to make my job easier. It was then that my software gained attraction from a company located in the Bay Area that I started chasing my dream of writing software for a living. I moved to the Bay Area to start my software engineering career and stayed there for about five years, learning the ropes from various companies.

Why did you come (return) to Las Vegas from San Francisco?
Even though the Bay Area is a fantastic place with wonderful hot spots of activity, Las Vegas will always be my home. I have family here and family is just so important to me. Being in the tech industry, the companies I worked for were easy to work remotely and also provide enough time to interact with my family. They say Las Vegas is a rough place to raise a family (I have four kids), but times are changing and the various communities in the Valley are fantastic. When I left Las Vegas, there was no strong tech communities to speak of. When I returned to Vegas, I was astonished to see an explosion of not just tech savvy groups but other creative collectives. I’m glad to be present to see it blossom.

Can you give us some numbers on how many people are using Nihongo Master today?
Nihongo Master first launched as a simple Japanese to English dictionary in February of 2012. At that time, we had a trickle of approximately 20 – 30 visits a day, growing slowly. We did no real marketing as we spent all the time afterwards building the technology that would deliver the full language learning experience. We launched a private beta at the end of August, 2012. This beta required a special invitation code so we could monitor where our users would come from and help us determine what avenues of social marketing would be the most beneficial (different social networks received different invitation codes). When we launched that private beta, we had approximately 150 email sign ups to receive an invite code. Within a few days, we had 300 registered users.

It’s now nearing the end of November and we now have over 1300 registered users. Because Nihongo Master is built from the ground up to be a social experience, we find our community to be extremely active in their daily studies and communication with each other. This is amazing because I would have been happy with 120, based on how many people signed up for our initial beta release.

Why did you start with Japanese instead of some of the more popular languages like spanish?
If you are approaching the idea of creating a tech startup, I believe the number one driving factor is passion. You need to be passionate about what you are building. Nihongo Master stemmed from my passion of learning the Japanese language. Back in the middle of 2011, I was planning a trip to Japan. As such, I wanted to study as much of the language as possible. I tried Rosetta Stone, textbooks, online materials, even phone apps. When I finally did travel to Japan in December, I found my ability to community was still elementary and I knew I had a long way to go. When I returned, I evaluated the tools I used. Each resource had some level of merit but none really delivered the user experience that I felt would be engaging enough for myself. It was from this experience that I knew I wanted to build something that approached language learning in a different way. If I didn’t find it compelling and useful to move forward in my studies, how could I know it’d be effective for others? My passion for Japanese keeps me driving forward in always improving Nihongo Master.

There are other reasons why Japanese was a good choice for a langauge to start with. First off, it’s a bit of a niche market. If you are going to try and be disruptive in a market, would you rather throw your rock in a puddle or a olympic sized pool? There’s a slew of Spanish learning resources online. With Japanese, that number is reduced dramatically which means you can gain visibility faster. You can compete faster with this smaller set of competitors and continue to build your feature set. Second, those who wish to learn Japanese tend to have a lot of similar interests, such as Japanese animation (anime). It’s because of these similar interests that you can customize a good deal of content towards these interest to further engage your community.

All of the technology that was built for Nihongo Master can be used to teach other languages. When each new feature is built, we ask ourselves how this can be applied to other languages in the future. Once we have established Japanese as a language we’ve fully tackled, we’ll be ready to approach other languages such as Spanish, German and French. Our long-term goal would be to provide freely available learning resources for languages that are in danger of becoming extinct. Google approached this problem with their Endangered Languages Project (http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/). It’s a fantastic project that describes the languages that are endangered and their origins. We would love to provide the learning materials to keep these languages alive.

Does Nihongo Master teach to both speak and write in Japanese?
Nihongo Master starts the absolute beginners with the basics of learning the different writing systems of Japanese. When we introduce these writing systems, not only do we teach you how to write each character through stroke animations, but we have native speaker audio recordings to assist you in pronunciation. You can even record your own voice and have it playback next to the native speaker to ensure your pronunciation is correct. As you progress through more difficult lessons that introduce grammar, you’ll always hear pronunciations and entire dialog and get a chance to record your voice. Furthermore,when we introduce Kanji, another more complex writing system, we show you how to write each character as well. This differs greatly from other Japanese learning solutions such as Rosetta Stone, which focuses primarily on listening and speaking. As we continue to develop, we will be introducing even more features that will further assist our learners in vocal and written communication with other learners.

How is Nihongo Master funded?
We are currently bootstrapping everything. Guy Kawasaki said something along the lines of, “If you bootstrap, you’ll always find a way.” Because of our choice to not chase funding, every decision we make has a strong financial impact. We haven’t turned on our revenue stream yet so every dollar counts like it’s five. Each financial choice has huge impact which makes that choice both stressful and exciting. Further down the road, if we do find an investment group that is just as passionate about changing the way people learn languages and want to work with us, we would love to talk. However, we never want to make that an absolute dependency for our growth.

What benefits have you seen from starting your company in Las Vegas?
The VegasTech community has always been extremely positive. People are very communicative regarding feedback. Because the Vegas tech community is smaller than the equivalent groups in the Bay Area, it’s easier to approach and feel more whole. Being smaller is not a negative in aspect. It seems the Vegas Tech community is more passionate and colorful which helps induce your own creativity. Costs of operations are also obviously cheaper and the ability to find coworking spots such as /usr/lib is fantastic. We don’t believe in offices (another cost drain) so having spots where you can mingle at a whim is invaluable.

What do you think is most needed in the Vegas Tech community?
More growth in supporting industries! If you visit Downtown, you’ll see some growth in eating establishments, bars and other entertainment venues. However, I would love to not only see additional growth of these businesses but others such as bookstores, family orientated businesses (daycares, etc). They’re not directly tech but work to support people in tech.

Do you have any advice for startup entrepreneurs?
Let passion be your driver. If it’s something you aren’t going to use, you may find yourself burn out. Don’t approach it as a path to get rich quick. It’s not. It’s a lot of hard work so make it a labor of love and something to cherish.

In what ways can the Vegas Tech community support Nihongo Master?
If anyone is interested in what we’re doing to disrupt the language learning marketplace and make something to be proud of, contact us! We want passionate people who are ready to make positive change in the World

November 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.

Pricefalls Dutch Auctions in Las Vegas

It seems like just about every week I’m getting contacted by another Vegas Startup company. This week Josh Weaver from Pricefalls reached out to me. Since the last interview I did was so successful, I decided to do another one with Josh. I hope you enjoy learning more about Pricefalls from Josh Weaver. I love the variety of tech startup companies found in Las Vegas!

Tell us about PriceFalls.com
Pricefalls is a complete online marketplace for consumers and merchants that features both fixed price listings and utilizes the ‘Dutch Auction’ or descending pricing model.

When a merchant opts into using our Dutch Auction, items up for auction on the site start at a predetermined price ceiling and drop throughout the bidding period. In the end, the Dutch Auction helps consumers get the best deals, while also enabling merchants to get more for each item they sell through Pricefalls.

Recently, Pricefalls.com has also expanded into the entertainment space with an independent division called Pricefalls Events.  PFE focuses on using our specialized auctions to provide event hosts with an alternative to the flat price sales model.  We have since worked with Bon Jovi and Peter Murphy selling backstage passes, auctioned off access to the Toronto Int’l Film Festival, and worked with a number of other various talent and organizations.

How big is the Pricefalls.com Team?
Pricefalls.com is currently made up of a core executive team of 6 all located in Las Vegas with a few consultants/advisory board members in NY, CA and FL.  However, whenever we talk about our team we also have to mention the sellers and merchants currently listing on Pricefalls.com located in almost all 50 states, they are an integral part of our team.

How long have you been in Las Vegas? 

The idea for Pricefalls was born in 2008 and after a year of developing and enjoying the brisk Maine weather (mostly winter) the Pricefalls crew migrated west to Las Vegas.

What motivated Pricefalls to move to Las Vegas?
Besides a desire to go tanning,  after growing considerably following our public beta release in 2009, we moved to Las Vegas to be closer to our current investors and other investment opportunities.  Also a large majority of related trade shows are unique to the Las Vegas area making it an opportune place to expand our business.

Also the desert beats the North Pole any day!

Can you give us some numbers on how big Pricefalls.com is?
Currently Pricefalls.com has an Alexa Ranking of 12,504 and it is consistently falling, which to clarify is a positive trend as Google and Facebook are numbers 1 and 2 respectively.  We also currently have approximately 300 merchants, ranging from the Internet 500 companies to “Mom and Pop” stores, utilizing the Pricefalls Marketplace to sell their inventory.  We also recently passed another milestone and now have in excess of 3.5 million products on our marketplace.

Why should someone use Pricefalls.com over all the other e-Commerce options out there?
There are a number of reasons we believe shoppers should use Pricefalls over other e-Commerce options such as: low prices, great daily deals and quick shipping.  However, my personal favorite is our dedicated customer service team.  When we first launched Pricefalls.com we decided to make that a focus of our company, to always have knowledgable service staff that is always willing to help you no matter the issue.

In regards to merchants/sellers, our free listing process (no costs to list or per click), as well as our very low commission structure ensures our sellers can offer visitors the best deals possible.

What’s your biggest challenge today?

One of our biggest long term challenges also happens to be our biggest motivator.  We are constantly working to shake up the current e-Commerce experience and make it less about flash and more about substance and service.

On the short term side of things our biggest challenge is making sure we populate the marketplace with reputable sellers that we would want to buy from personally and eliminate the ‘swindlers’ and fraud.

How is Pricefalls.com funded?
Pricefalls has attracted $600K in funding from institutional investment firms, angel investors and businessmen throughout the United States.

What are some benefits of having your business is Las Vegas?
Besides the business tax incentives, the trade shows are one of the biggest benefits of being located in Las Vegas.  Getting to mingle and work with so many similarly interested individuals at the same time is electrifying and helps us to make sure we are structuring our marketplace in a way that doesn’t discriminate against any category of seller/products.

Also being one of the entertainment capitals of the country has significantly effected our Events program and provided us with countless connections.

How have you seen the Vegas Tech community change since you moved here?
Personally, when I first came to Vegas it was more of a whisper and it normally centered around Tony Hsieh’s vision for downtown.  It then seemingly exploded overnight and now feels like a long established aspect of the city.  While these entrepreneurs were most likely already established in the area the Vegas Tech/Downtown Project, has given them the perfect spotlight to expand.

What’s your best advice for other startup entrepreneurs?
I hate to steal from Chris Hall’s interview but he’s got it right, when you’re in any type of service industry, whether you’re an app or Amazon, listening to the needs of your users should be number 1.

Also the more you communicate with your audience the easier it is to segment the ‘power users’ and help convert them into brand ambassadors.  That’s the best type of marketing.

In what ways can the Vegas Tech community support Pricefalls.com?
By only shopping on Pricefalls.com!  (just kidding…kinda)

In all seriousness, by keeping the lines of communication open throughout the city I believe all of Vegas Tech can support Vegas Tech.  I feel that compared to other cities I’ve experienced we do it particularly well and hope we keep it up.

Any other thoughts?
Pricefalls.com is always hiring!  http://www.pricefalls.com/about/jobs/

Also if you have any insight into the events aspect of Vegas I’d love to hear from you and can always be reached at jweaver@pricefalls.com or @JWeaverPF

November 19, 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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