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Vegas Startup Company LaunchKey Is Acquired by iovation

Many in the community likely know the company LaunchKey. It was originally created at one of the early Las Vegas Startup Weekend events. From there the company was formed and they’ve been one of the hottest startups in the identity and access management (IAM) space ever since. I’ll never forget their “Kill Passwords” sign at SXSW that caught so many people’s attention since password proliferation is a pain for so many of us.

It was recently announced that LaunchKey was acquired by iovation. Here’s a video they put out describing the acquisition.

Congratulations to our friends at LaunchKey. It’s great to see another Vegas Tech startup success.

September 13, 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.

#VegasTech changes name to #TechVegas

NEWS BULLETIN – APRIL 1, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Effective immediately, #VegasTech has changed its name to #TechVegas.

“We felt there was too much confusion with the old name and wanted to freshen the brand a bit,” said Rick Duggan. “Instead of being primarily about Vegas, the new brand is primarily about Tech. The old brand started with Vegas, the new brand starts with Tech. Get it?” he continued.

Commented Nigel Tufnel, “It’s just like VegasTech, only it’s TechVegas.”

You may see that this change will take a while to take effect. New letterhead is on order, and a team of graphic designers is working on redesigning the #VegasTech logo. The leading candidate for the redesign moves the word “Tech” before the word “Vegas” but some feel the kerning of that design is not quite up to snuff. In addition, new fonts, such as Comic Sans, are being considered. Stay tuned to this blog for updates when the new logo is revealed.

April 1, 2016 I Written By

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Rolltech, Inc., a #VegasTech startup creating new technology for one of the world's most popular sports, ten pin bowling. Prior to joining 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 VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey.

FundingPost Pitch Event @ Innevation Center

Hey #VegasTech community (especially early stage companies). FundingPost, a nationwide organization that connects investors and entrpreneurs, is hosting an event at The Innevation Center on March 3, from 10am to 4:30pm. If the FundingPost name sounds familiar, they ran a few events in Las Vegas a while back. They are now operating under a new regional director, Scott Kelly, and plan to run several events this year.

Scott and I had a chance to connect at CES, and I was able to learn more about FundingPost and their approach. While the event does charge an admission fee, I learned that they do not profit from this fee, but merely use it to subsidize travel for the investors they bring in. Given the size of the Vegas market and the number of local investors, I think we can all understand how important it is to expose our local tech companies to outside investors.

The event will be a fantastic opportunity to solidify and test out elevator pitches, network with more than 100 entrepreneurs and investors, and find out what it takes to raise capital for early stage companies.

Regional Manager of FundingPost, Scott Kelly, commented, “We are thrilled to host this event at the Innevation Center. Nevada has a great entrepreneur ecosystem and we look forward to showcasing many of the state’s best companies to investors from throughout the country.”

Like all FundingPost events, the Las Vegas roundtable is expected to not only sell out, but also lead to many success stories. The significance of the Las Vegas conference is to educate entrepreneurs on raising capital, growing their businesses, and helping the local economy build the companies of the future.

Entrepreneurs, startups, investors can register online via http://www.fundingpost.com/breakfast/reg1.asp?event=353

For more information, please contact Scott directly at scott@fundingpost.com.

February 12, 2016 I Written By

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Rolltech, Inc., a #VegasTech startup creating new technology for one of the world's most popular sports, ten pin bowling. Prior to joining 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 VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey.

Faraday Future Concept Reveal at CES 2016 in Las Vegas

There have been a number of really big things happening in the Las Vegas tech community lately. It’s hard to keep up with all of them and our day job, but we’ll do what we can to catch up on a few of them. In this post we’ll look at the decision by Faraday Future to build a manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas.

This first phase includes a billion dollar investment in the area and should create about 4500 jobs. This should be a nice boon for Nevada and North Las Vegas. More importantly, it’s a great start to building out the APEX Industrial Park in North Las Vegas.

The stealth Faraday Future company is an electric car company, but we really don’t know much more than that. There’s a lot of speculation about what types of cars they’re going to make. Everything from autonomous vehicles to race cars to tesla like cars has been mentioned. They’ve been deliberately vague about what’s happening.

We may get more of an idea of what Faraday Future has been working on on January 4, 2016 at 8 PM PST where Faraday Future will do a concept reveal at CES. You can watch the live Faraday Future concept reveal online. Here’s a short teaser video for their announcement:

The video doesn’t really give much info, but that goes with the territory. It’s exciting to have a car company investing in Las Vegas and announcing their latest concepts in Las Vegas as well. Let’s hope they can deliver something special and unique at CES.

January 2, 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.

Drone Racing In Las Vegas

My friend just posted information about a Downtown Las Vegas Drone Racing event called XDC_ONE that is happening this Sunday at the historic Western Hotel. They’re opening the Western on Saturday for drone pilots to practice and then the racing starts Sunday November 14th at 10 AM. They are offering a $2500 cash purse plus prizes for the winning pilots.

Be sure to register for the event if you plan to attend. It’s free to watch the drone races and is only $5 for Vegas locals to race and $15 for those outside Las Vegas.

Here are the rules for those interested in racing:

  • “One size fits all”
  • 150-300mm Motor-to-Motor
  • Max 6″ propellers
  • Max VTX power 250mW
  • AMA membership required

And the flyer with all the details:
Drone Racing Competition in Las Vegas

November 9, 2015 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.

Grand Opening of The Iron Yard Las Vegas

Tonight, The Iron Yard held a grand opening for their new Las Vegas campus. After a soft opening in June, they started by holding Front End Engineering and Data Science courses (taught by two very qualified instructors, both of whom happen to be friends of mine — Chase Adams and Jeff Newburn).

In what I think is a new milestone for the #VegasTech community, Carolyn Goodman, the mayor of the City of Las Vegas, attended the grand opening, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony, and delivered an official proclamation declaring today, August 19th, as The Iron Yard day.

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For our tech community to get that kind of positive attention from a politician tells me we’re doing something right. Four years ago, it would have been inconceivable to think a mayor would attend anything we were doing — we were just too small at that point. But through a huge collective effort (you know who you are — heck, if you’re reading this, you’re probably part of that effort) we have been able to grow a pretty vibrant community.

Full disclosure: I’m on the Board of Advisors for the Las Vegas branch of the Iron Yard. Regardless, I think it’s pretty cool the mayor came out to support the #VegasTech community.

August 19, 2015 I Written By

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Rolltech, Inc., a #VegasTech startup creating new technology for one of the world's most popular sports, ten pin bowling. Prior to joining 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 VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey.

The Hackathon of Outlandish Things

Hey #VegasTech, you should go to this hackathon based on the name alone! Only 8 more hours to register for The Hackathon of Outlandish Things, a hackathon that gives a prize for “Most Outlandish Idea”! One of the rules is “Build something ridiculous!” so you know it will be fun.

Register here: http://bit.ly/1KUe3AE.

August 7, 2015 I Written By

A veteran of six startups (one of which conducted a successful IPO), Rick Duggan is currently CTO of Rolltech, Inc., a #VegasTech startup creating new technology for one of the world's most popular sports, ten pin bowling. Prior to joining 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 VegasStartups.com blog. He is an advisor to VegasTech company LaunchKey.

Vegas Startup of the Year and The Mill Applications

I wish we had more time to write about what’s happening in the Las Vegas startup community. Sadly, Rick and I have both been heads down in our own startups. Needless to say, there are a lot of great things happening in Las Vegas that we just haven’t had time to cover. Hopefully you’re all watching the #vegastech hashtag to see most of the latest news.

With that disclaimer, we did want to make the community aware of two deadlines coming up in July. First, if you want to participate in Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year Competition, Las Vegas startups can apply today for the Las Vegas Startup of the Year competition on July 23rd. See the tweet below for more details:

Also, The Mill, a Las Vegas startup accelerator, is accepting applications for their Fall Cohort until July 6th. Find the details in the tweet below:

July 1, 2015 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.

Vote for Vegas Tech Company LegalQ in Start Fest Competition

A local Vegas Tech company is taking part in the Start Fest competition. The competition is dubbed as Utah’s Largest Grassroots Startup Festival. There’s always been a strong connection between the Utah and Las Vegas startup communities. Many of the companies in Las Vegas now came from Utah and play an important part of the Vegas Tech community.
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It’s no surprise that I know at least one of the companies participating in the Start Fest competition is a Las Vegas based startup company called LegalQ. They’re working to create an Attorney Marketplace with flat fees and no hidden costs.

As part of the competition they have online voting for the 100 qualifying startup companies. If you want to support LegalQ, you can find them on the leaderboard. They’re currently at #24 on the list, but we should be able to at least get them into the top 20 and possibly much higher. Voting just takes a click, so let’s take a second and support a local company (You can vote daily if you really want to help).

Best of luck to LegalQ in the competition!

June 12, 2015 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: Castoff

The following is a short company profile interview with Blake Arnet, Co-founder and CEO from Castoff. Castoff is one of the startups that was accepted into The Mill Accelerator program in Las Vegas. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.
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Tell us about your company:
Castoff is a private photo-messaging app where users can send multiple photos to friends and receive anonymous votes and private comments in real-time. We launched with our MVP late last year, we listened to our users and tweaked features in the app. We are proud to announce our first big update today!

Tell us about your team:
Our co founding team consists of myself, our CTO Alex Jacobson (I say he’s the tallest programmer in the world at 7’1″ haha), and his father Jake Jacobson. Alex and I are best friends from high school knowing each other for 10 years. Jake has over 40 years of programming experience while Alex taught himself code. My professional background is in digital advertising and social media. Alex and I both played high D1 basketball in the Pac-12. We have a unique startup team, work very well together, and are having a lot of fun along the way!
Castoff Founders
Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?
We chose Las Vegas because we believe it’s the next big startup city right behind LA! The energy and excitement in the Vegas startup community is very encouraging! We are looking forward to meeting everyone we can and continue to grow this up and coming startup city.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?
The LV community has already supported and welcomed us before we even moved! The biggest help we could get is mentorship and exposure. We have a plan, but we are a team that constantly wants to learn and hear what other entrepreneurs went through so we can be the best entrepreneurs we can be. Exposure in the sense of getting known in the startup community, we are very excited about our mobile technology and hope many will find Castoff fun to use as well.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
My best advice for startup entrepreneurs from my experience is to build the strongest team possible, but make sure you all can work well together and have your roles identified. Communication is another big one, our last small startup didn’t communicate enough and failed, this time around I over communicate so we’re all in the loop at all times. Lastly, have fun building your company! We only live once and if you’re going to go for it, go all out and always keep learning!

Where can we find out more about your company? What’s your twitter handle?
We are on Angel List, Crunchbase and LinkedIn under Castoff Technologies. Twitter and Instagram under @Teamcastoff

April 11, 2015 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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