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Las Vegas Startup The Influential Network Launches at Coachella

A new Las Vegas company called The Influential Network is launching with a bang during Coachella. They’ll be hosting a venue called The Influential House where they’ll have some of the biggest and most notable social media personalities. Plus, they’ll have celebrities like Christina Millian, Paris Hilton, and Crystal Hefner as well.

Here’s the full description of The Influential Network:

The Influential Network is one of the largest Twitter and Instagram Network in the world. With over 20 Million followers across dozens of accounts that the company owns and manages, and a proprietary platform with thousands of top influencers, The Influential Network does campaigns for Fortune 500 companies that reach hundreds of millions of people, and organically start worldwide trending topics.

The Influential Network is the platform FOR Influencers, BY Influencers. The Influential Network provides premium accounts the ability to monetize their influence on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, YouTube and more. Influencers can now get paid to share the content that their audience craves.

Welcome to the Vegas Tech startup community!

April 14, 2014 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.

#VegasTech acquired by Google

Big news everyone: The #VegasTech community has been acquired by Google for $25 billion. In a stunning show of how quickly the community has grown, we are now seeing our first acquisition, and it’s a big one. Sure, the $16 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook followed by their $2 billion acquisition of Oculus Rift seem like a big deal, but that’s nothing compared to the coup we just scored.

According to Larry Page, “The #VegasTech community has grown by leaps and bounds since 2011, and we felt like we should get in now before it gets bigger than Google. This was, frankly, our only chance to make this acquisition, and we’re pleased we were able to do so.”

According to a Google spokesperson, they plan to keep #VegasTech headquarters in Las Vegas, but may open satellite offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, and New York.

April 1, 2014 I Written By

A veteran of five startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.. Prior to joining the Zappos Family of Companies, he was 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 VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech companies Rolltech and LaunchKey.

Vegas Startup Company Profile: Madrivo

The following is a short company profile interview with Alice Edwards from Madrivo. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company.

Madrivo is an integrated marketing agency that helps companies acquire customers digitally and establish the most cost effective online presence.

In the constantly evolving and incredibly fast-paced digital era, Madrivo is an integrated online marketing agency that develops efficient marketing solutions, unifies customer acquisition strategies, and develops tactics to successfully move traditional operations to the Internet.

Tell us about your team.

The team at Madrivo guides companies, large and small, globally, to establish a strategic online identity. Team members go through an intensive training process to help clients understand the ROI and analytics of ad spends. After all, effective advertising is all about research, analysis, and education. Each client has unique goals, needs, and processes and before the development of a comprehensive digital strategy, each customer is provided with a proprietary marketing study.

Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?

Several of the major global online marketing and electronics conventions are held in Las Vegas, which makes it a great place to have a corporate headquarters. Clients love to come to Las Vegas to visit the office and team members are given the access to great restaurants, shows, hotels, and nightlife as well as affordable housing within a reasonable commute. Also, we have access to everything from boating to skiing within a few hour (or less) drive.

Online marketing is all about creativity and fun. Las Vegas has a reputation that melds well with both those concepts. Marketing agencies were formerly solely located in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Increasingly, clients also look to Las Vegas for marketing creativity and execution. The city is becoming an incubator for small and medium sized marketing companies, especially those with innovative ideas.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?

Madrivo relies on highly skilled staff in a variety of sectors including graphic design, web development, business development, and sales. The Downtown Project, new developments, cutting-edge hotels and nightclubs all feed the community to provide creative resources in Las Vegas. As Las Vegas continues to attract these people and businesses, it will continue to help Madrivo tap into the abundance of creative and motivated individuals that are moving to Las Vegas, which helps local companies like ours compete globally in online media and agency services.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?

Assess your target market. Before even opening the doors of a new business, talk to potential customers and have clients ready the moment that doors are open for business. This will enable quick profitability, guarantee cash flow, and ensure that the business model is viable. In addition, clients are generally the best motivation for evolution. Access to thriving new businesses drives innovation and Las Vegas has no shortage of unique ideas and opportunities.

January 27, 2014 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.

The Closing of /usr/lib and a Big Jelly

By some measures, on April 26, 2011, #VegasTech was born. The first Jelly. A combination co-working/social event, it was formed in part to help plan for the upcoming inaugural Startup Weekend to be held in June.

A small group of folks invited by Dylan Bathurst attended, none of us having any idea that within a few months the event would grow to hosting over 150 people. Since there was no existing space, it was held at The Beat Coffeehouse, though a few months later it moved into the /usr/lib space upstairs.

Like all eras, however, this one is set to come to a close on Thursday, January 30th, at 7:00pm in /usr/lib above The Beat at 520 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV. The /usr/lib space is being closed, and so it seems fitting to have a strong Jelly showing.

And now, it looks like a new organizer, Fode Diop, is stepping up to take charge of organizing the Jelly, so it will live again. Where? Perhaps we’ll have a future interview with Fode where he shares his plans.

My memory of that night has already faded somewhat, but fortunately Shavonnah Tiera thought to document it. Her camera captured the events of that night (ignore the July date on the video, it was actually April).

When my co-blogger here, John Lynn, sent out a tweet suggesting a final Jelly, my thoughts immediately went back to the first one and I started to wonder how many of the original group would attend this one.

So, here is my call out to:

Will you be able to attend the not-so-final Jelly?

I hope someone records this one too.

January 25, 2014 I Written By

A veteran of five startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.. Prior to joining the Zappos Family of Companies, he was 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 VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech companies Rolltech and LaunchKey.

Vegas Startup Company Profile: DevPoint Labs

The following is a short company profile interview with Ty Diamse, co-founder of DevPoint Labs. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company

DevPoint Labs is an 11 week coding and entrepreneur bootcamp. The best way to learn how to code starts by really committing yourself. Next it helps to attend an in-person classroom with other like-minded individuals getting your hands dirty and building that “muscle memory.” We teach anyone how to program in Ruby on Rails or iOS development so you can build your own idea, launch a new career, or simply become a technical founder. The program is eight hours a day, five days a week, for eleven weeks. We hold four quarters in the year and our next class begins February 3rd, 2014.

Tell us about your team

Nhi Doan and I (Ty Diamse) are the co-founders of DevPoint Labs. Since becoming friends in high school we have worked on multiple startups together that taught us each valuable lessons. Nhi has over nine years of experience in tech ranging from web development, systems, data and networking. He is currently wrapping up his Master’s in Information Systems Management at the U of U David Eccles School of Business. Entrepreneurship is my passion and I have studied it since my early teens. I am proud Alumni from The Starter League in Chicago where I learned how to code and developed most of my web programming expertise. I also have over five years experience in project management with the DoD.

Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?

Las Vegas was an easy decision because it’s close to our Salt Lake City campus and the VegasTech scene is vibrant and growing at an alarming rate. We believe our startup fits and compliments the VegasTech community very well. It’s no secret that Las Vegas is the nation’s playground which is a huge draw and that makes our code school that much more attractive to students around the world.

I love the culture and tight knit community in Vegas. The problem in Salt Lake City is they’re not very collaborative. We’ve seen the exact opposite in the VegasTech community. This is a huge benefit to any startup beginning or relocating to Vegas.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?

We need help in three areas. 1) If you or you know someone interested in accelerating their coding education then tell them about us. 2) We’re always looking for junior to senior level mentors to help out. They generally meet once a week with our students to help with any questions. 3) If you’re a company that’s looking to hire any developers then please come talk to us. We’d love bring you on as a hiring partner.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?

Get out and talk to your customers. You will learn a lot more then you think and save a lot of time and money.

Where can we find out more about your company? What’s your twitter handle?

Go to our site at www.DevPointLabs.com. Find us on Twitter @DevPointLabs

January 23, 2014 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.

Qualifyor Looks to Fill Gap Between Education and Employment in Las Vegas

The following is a guest post by Jonathan Cervantes.

I’m an 18 year old Las Vegas native running media and digital for Qualifyor, a Downtown Project backed consultancy that offers affordable, reliable, and high quality technical and creative project work (i.e. basic website design and building, graphic design, video, social media, etc.). Given the sobering statistics on youth unemployment in this country, you may be wondering how I ended up with a job like this.

Currently the market for web design and development, graphic design, video, and inbound marketing is primarily populated by high priced agencies or low priced crowd sourced providers. (e.g. 99 designs, eLance, Odesk). Small businesses and startups often have limited resources, which puts agency work out of their reach. On the other hand, they are cautious of going with an online provider as the teams staffing these types of projects are frequently located across the globe, making for language, cultural, and timezone barriers. Add to that a lack of personal referrals or recommendations to ensure the talent is reliable, and companies struggle with whether the low cost providers are even worth the hassle. This is where the unique part about Qualifyor comes in, because their projects are staffed by teams of vetted and trained young apprentices, and overseen by experienced professionals.

In offering this type of a service at affordable rates, Qualifyor improves the customer experience, but also provides real work experience and exposure to young people with strong hard skills in project areas. Qualifyor develops and trains apprentices (who are typically aged eighteen to twenty-three) making them desirable to potential employers who may otherwise be hesitant to hire relatively inexperienced young people. Although Qualifyor is not a recruitment agency, it can assist companies looking for great entry-level hires. The model allows for clients to work with young talent on projects and then potentially hire from that pool of consultants.

Qualifyor was founded to bridge the gap between education and employment and initially focused on placing young people in internships. As a member of the inaugural class, I underwent personality testing, was matched with a mentor, competed in project weeks, and had the opportunity to attend soft skills workshops and boot camps led by a number of companies ranging in size from small startups to large corporations. It was through the boot camps and workshops that I met people from MGM Resorts International, Zappos, Google, Project 100, RollTech, and Wedgies, among others, who taught me things like project management, responsibility, accountability, branding, professionalism, and time management. This hands-on, industry driven education enabled me to demonstrate my skill real time, and I secured an internship with Qualifyor that later turned into a full time job. I’m also starting college part time this spring, but I feel that the most effective education I’m receiving right now comes from actually doing the job college aims to prepare me for.

Currently, all of the Qualifyor grads are either in college, have secured jobs (most with their host company), or are both in college and working. Although Qualifyor had success with its initial three month internship model and is keeping most of the educational components of that beta program, during the program’s upcoming second phase, Qualifyor is transitioning to the consultancy model I described above.

In order to address the massive societal challenges surrounding education and employment right now (i.e. 4 million unfilled U.S. jobs, student debt, youth unemployment, and skills mismatch) we need a more integrated system, which offers young people a chance to build a professional network, explore potential career paths, and actually get hands on experience before making a massive investment in college. Qualifyor aims to do this in a way driven by industry demand.

There are several ways to get involved with Qualifyor. Whether you’re looking to have a project sourced by them, wanting to make an impact on the community by becoming mentor or an advisor, or you’re wanting to join the program, there’s definitely an option and way to get involved with Qualifyor. If you want more information on Qualifyor or if you simply want to get in contact with them, visit qualifyor.com.

January 22, 2014 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.

Las Vegas Startup Launches ‘Yelp’ for Medical Treatments

The following is a guest blog post by Ryan Prior, a journalist producing a documentary film on complex, chronic diseases.

HealClick, a new Internet startup based here in Las Vegas, is launching a $50,000 campaign this week on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo,. The company, founded by collaborators Joey Tuan, Beth Mazur, and Cari Allshouse is a patient-sharing website catering to sufferers of poorly understood chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, lupus, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

The site targets these diseases because they are complex immune-related illnesses with overlapping symptoms. Physician education on these illnesses is often lacking, and patients are often required to research diagnosis and treatment options on their own.

Tuan compares his team’s new website to Yelp, the popular app and “online urban guide” popular for its open-source restaurant reviews. For travelers in an unfamiliar city, Yelp’s services help out-of-towners navigate the hidden hot spots of a new city like seasoned locals.

However, there is no obvious equivalent in the murky medical landscapes of poorly understood chronic diseases.

“I always dreamed of a Yelp for medical treatments when I was a patient. There’s Yelp for everything else, so why not treatments?” Tuan said.

Early on, he started a public Google document on which patients from all over the world gave information on their bio-markers and their treatment protocols. Even from the beginning, clear trends began to emerge and Tuan saw the potential for something much larger.

“My experience as a patient convinced me that a Yelp for treatments would be a website that personalizes treatment reviews to your entire set of medical details, rather than just your diagnosis. Also, I believed we could build a revolutionary database for research data if we could provide a a much more engaging, user-friendly way for patients to enter data than Excel sheets and questionnaires.

The HealClick platform seeks to use social engagement and data mining to bridge this jarring gap between patient and informed quality healthcare. It empowers users to create personalized online profiles detailing information on their symptoms, diagnoses, laboratory test results, treatments, and other details. Patients can then use the site’s patient matching feature to find their “doppelgänger,” a patient who shares similar characteristics in age, sex, diagnosis, and response to various types of treatments.

The founders hail from across the United States. Cari Allshouse, a patient from Delaware, specializes in building the brand’s social media imprint. Beth Mazur, an MIT computer science grad from San Francisco, programmed the site’s sophisticated patient-matching algorithms. Joey Tuan, who hails from Las Vegas, handles the startup’s business operations.

For Tuan, HealClick is as much a survival mechanism as it is a business venture. A graduate of the University of California-Berkeley, he has suffered from ME since 2005. Myalgic encephalomyelitis, or “chronic fatigue syndrome” as it’s been called in the U.S. since 1988, is a severely debilitating neuro-immune disease with no FDA-approved treatments and little research funding despite its high prevalence.

He was forced to quit a well-paying job as a consultant and would eventually spend as much as $200,000 over seven years in a desperate search for answers to a disease about which most doctors are taught very little, if anything, in medical school.

That’s where HealClick comes in. Through building a large and robust data set, HealClick’s founders hope to engage universities and research institutes in collaborative partnerships, sharing voluntary patient information with researchers capable of making sense of large data sets and complex problems.

By the time this story goes to press, HealClick will have likely inked its first collaboration with a research institution, whom Tuan wasn’t ready to name. “Imagine if we have 4,000 users with one illness: I think we’ll have research collaborations set up by year one.”

On the patient side, nearly 1,000 users have joined the HealClick community during the site’s private beta testing phase. That number is likely to grow sharply now that the company has perfected its algorithms, grown its social media following, and launched its public site.

HealClick is just one part of a broader Health 2.0 revolution taking place across medicine. Facing ever-increasing demands on their time, doctors increasingly rely on informed patients to become equal partners in their healthcare. These so-called “e-patients” are becoming a integral part of the nation’s healthcare infrastructure. Obamacare included $150 million in its FY 2012 appropriations for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which formalizes the role of well-informed patients and caregivers in federal healthcare policymaking. Stanford University recently added an “e-patient scholarship” for its annual MedicineX conference, literally giving e-patients a front row seat and even an onstage role at one of the most dynamic bio-tech conferences in the world. Tuan applied to be a speaker at this year’s conference.

“I honestly look at patients as healthcare professionals in their own right,” he said. “And conferences like MedicineX and PCORI’s patient advisory panels are beginning to move in that direction.”

To sign up, go to www.healclick.com
To contribute to HealClick’s crowdfunding campaign, please click here: www.indiegogo.com/projects/revolutionizing-patient-sharing

Ryan Prior is a journalist from Atlanta, GA. He has written for the Daily Beast, USA Today, Real Clear Politics, and numerous other publications. He is currently producing a documentary feature film on complex, chronic diseases entitled “The Blue Ribbon: ME/CFS and the Future of Medicine.”

January 14, 2014 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 Events During NMX, CES, and ASW

This next week and a half Las Vegas has what I call the trifecta of conferences: New Media Expo, CES, and Affiliate Summit West. All three of these events are amazing events that are always held in Las Vegas at this time. It’s one of the great reasons to run your startup company in Las Vegas. Hundreds of thousands of people will be visiting and taking part in the events. It’s always great when customers and opportunities for exposure come to you.

Downtown Project has some big plans during CES this year with a program they’re calling Passport 2 Downtown. Along with familiar events organized by TechCocktail, PandoDaily is also holding a Pando Monthly and Downtown Podcast will be recording at the new Inspire Theater. Oh yes, and your Downtown Passport can also get you free drinks all over downtown Las Vegas. Looks like it will be a great time to showcase what’s happening with startup companies in Downtown Las Vegas.

There are literally thousands of other events happening during these events as well. Plus, you can connect with people stopping through town.

At the same time, AT&T is once again holding their Developer Summit. The Hackathon is Jan 4-5 and is free to participate. I believe our very own Rick Duggan will be taking part.

What’s your plans during these conferences? Will you be taking part? Are there any other events we should know about?

January 3, 2014 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: JusCollege

The following is a short company profile interview with Andrew Citores, Co-Founder and CEO of JusCollege. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company

Simply put, JusCollege is the easiest way for students to plan, organize and book awesome travel and entertainment experiences — from spring break in Mexico to popular music festival packages across the country to VIP Las Vegas weekends, and everything in between.

Founded in 2010, we serve the $162 billion student travel market that is made up of more than 20 million college students and social groups. We’re change-makers, tech geeks who want to disrupt the traditional model of how student travel companies serve this market. We’re using mobile and web-based technology to give our travelers the information they need and ability to consume our products and services spontaneously and immediately while en route. We’re building a company for the “right now economy.”

In just three years, we’ve grown to more than 80,000 student customers at 100+ campuses and more than 300 fraternities, sororities and other campus organizations.

Tell us about your team

I’m the CEO (Andrew Citores) and Bo Thede is our COO.  In 2010, I was a student at Loyola Marymount University, running an entertainment business in Los Angeles and Bo was working in marketing for an online food ordering service while attending University of Colorado, Boulder.  We discussed the possibility of combining key elements of our businesses to create the ultimate online concierge service for college students. In November 2012, Allan Teruel joined our executive team as the company’s first CTO.

In 2013, JusCollege acquired CaboSpringBreak.com, a premier student tour provider in Cabo San Lucas for more than 20 years.  The acquisition added former CaboSpringBreak.com owner Jason Hollander to the team as Director of Travel Development. That same year, student travel veteran Jim Bianchi-Rossi also joined as VP of Operations. With his former agency, Bianchi-Rossi Tours, Jim has traveled more than 100,000 students to the Mexican Riviera and has 18 years of industry experience.

Why did you choose Las Vegas?  What do you love about Las Vegas

What’s best about Vegas is its energy and over-the-top delivery of amazing experiences you can’t get anywhere else in the world. Travelers these days have seen it all — and yet, they can still come to Las Vegas and see more.

Las Vegas is at the heart of our operations because it makes up a large portion of our business and it’s the center of the world when it comes to travel and entertainment. We’re expecting to travel more than 40,000 students to the city in 2014. In fact, JusCollege is among the top group providers for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Palms, and we regularly book packages that include stays at other Vegas hotels like Hard Rock and The Cosmopolitan. We also do VIP experience packages for groups like TAO as well as unique, one-of-a-kind events. Because we’re so focused on customer service, we have staff on site for all of these events. You can see why we feel the need to be here.

Being headquartered in Las Vegas also gives us the kind of face-to-face, personal relationships with our brand partners we could not get if we were headquartered elsewhere.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?  

We’re all about growth, whether that’s through expanding into the college markets we haven’t yet reached or through smart, strategic partnerships we can ink with existing entertainment producers, hotel groups, transportation companies, restaurant groups, music producers and everything in between. We can give Vegas companies access to thousands of college students, if they can provide the high quality, unique entertainment and VIP experiences this market thrives on. We’re looking for partners who share our values: laser-focus on customer service, unforgettable experiences, safety and technology-driven delivery.

We’re particularly interested in the tech companies in Vegas that are specializing in travel and entertainment. JusCollege is already doing some interesting things with our mobile app, like giving our customers the information they need in real time, including connecting them to their friends and fellow travelers, promoting products and services spontaneously and allowing them to buy products on the go. We open our arms to any company that can augment those things.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?

Don’t give up and focus, focus, focus (and focus more) on your sales goals. We’ve been through ups and downs, had highs and lows like you can’t imagine. At the end of 2011, we were down to our last $200, living at the office and just about ready to fold. We didn’t though. We moved the company back to my hometown of Menlo Park, found a few sales opportunities to focus on and dug in. Our sales started picking up, then they went crazy and six months later, JusCollege was booking and organizing hundreds of student trips, many of which were VIP packages to top hotels in Las Vegas. We hit profitability by the end of 2012. In 2013, we acquired two of the most respected travel companies in the industry, Bianchi-Rossi Tours and CaboSpringBreak.com, and now we’re on track to hit $3 million in sales by year’s end, servicing more than 80,000 customers.

Where can we find out more about your company?  

www.juscollege.com/news

What’s your twitter handle?

@juscollege

December 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.

3rd Annual TBAN Startup Showcase

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This past week, on Wednesday, December 11th, the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada (TBAN) held their 3rd Annual Startup Showcase. Disclosure: I originated the idea for the event and moderated the first one, so I’m definitely biased and think this is a great event. This showcase featured Andrew Citores of JusCollege, Jennifer Peck of Banjo, Jen Taler of Stitch Factory, and Kelly Eidson of Moveline.

The panelists represented a wide variety of market spaces. JusCollege is a service that helps college students plan outings. Banjo, according to their site, allows you to “Instantly See What’s Happening Right Now, Anywhere in the World.” Located in downtown Las Vegas, Stitch Factory is a fashion incubator and co-working studio. Operating at the intersection of fashion and technology, they were host to a weekend fashion tech hackathon recently. And Moveline makes moving easier.

Moderated by Jason Mendenhall and Jackie Jensen, the panel covered a wide range of topics, including:

  • Why Las Vegas?
  • Hiring
  • Best Practices
  • Trials and Tribulations

Comprising a mix of prepared questions from the moderators, questions Tweeted in, and a few taken from the audience, the panelists were, by turns, perceptive, funny, appreciative, and opinionated. Most touched on both the success and challenge of hiring in Las Vegas (some positions easy to hire for, others more of a challenge). They also talked of particular issues they had faced. Jen of Stitch Factory covered the fact that they had planned for a certain sequence for their business plan, but had to adapt when one of their lines of business took off while another grew more slowly than planned. All in all, it was well attended and a great representation of some of the top startups this year.

See you next year!

December 17, 2013 I Written By

A veteran of five startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently Director of Website Systems at Zappos IP, Inc.. Prior to joining the Zappos Family of Companies, he was 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 VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech companies Rolltech and LaunchKey.

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