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Introducing Music4Life

Recently, I had the good fortune to meet one of those people who have a clear mission in life. Someone who is knowledgeable, passionate, driven, and articulate about her particular field. She is Judith Pinkerton, LPMT, MT-BC. Those fancy letters after her name indicate that she is a licensed music therapist. If you’re like me, you may not have even been aware that there is such a thing as music therapy. But it’s a legitimate form of therapy as indicated by her license, granted by the Nevada State Health Division.

Judith moved to Las Vegas in 1989, but was already aware of the power of music therapy from some experiences she had in Alaska. Currently on the Solutions Recovery Wellness Campus, she facilitates music therapy classes and sessions in her office. In addition (and the reason for this article) she’s getting ready to expand her online presence significantly. Though she works with some patients from the recovery center, she also sees individuals not associated with the center.

Though some are skeptical of music as therapy, I think a few simple examples will explain the power and value of music. Who here doesn’t have a favorite song that puts them in a certain mood (either a happy mood directly or as the result of memories around the song)? Powerful anthems (classically “We are the Champions” by Queen) are played in stadiums around the world due to their strong music and lyrics. Music affects not only mood, but physiology as well.

Though she’s had an online presence for a while, last year she began focusing on plans to roll out Music 4 Life® on a much wider scale, including course availability via iTunes University, playlists on iTunes, and subscription music packages designed to invoke certain moods.

If you’re interested in experimenting with some playlists to expand your musical tastes and start to set other moods with your music, start with Pandora’s Enigma Radio channel. It’s a mix of new age, EDM, jazz, and techno, and really shows how moods invoked from music can come from any genre. In Music 4 Life® music therapy, “approved” songs from all genres are categorized into one of four categories: Unsettled, Soothed, Energized, or mixed. A single song can start sad, but end on a very uplifting note, so it’s important that your songs be categorized properly when you’re building playlists to invoke a certain emotion or want long-term relief from unsettled moods.

Check out Music 4 Life® at http://www.music4life.us and http://www.m4lti.com. You can also listen to Judith on Blog Talk radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/music4lifeusa.

March 9, 2017 I Written By

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

Iron Yard Graduation

On February 16, 2017, The Iron Yard Las Vegas held a graduation for its back-end(*) class. Like all previous Iron Yard graduations, the projects presented by the students are well beyond what one would expect from students coming out of a 12 week bootcamp. These were not mere toy projects nor unfinished efforts.

The event was hosted by Gabe Shepherd, with comments by both instructors, Jeff Newburn (back end) and Mike Sweeney (front end).

The students then stood up and presented a brief overview of their individual projects.

The students were as follows:

Each student was bright, articulate, and well-spoken. What really struck me was how each project truly followed the student’s individual passion.

Melody worked for an artist for a number of years, and she has a real love for art. Her project allows users to track their favorite artists and discover new works by both their favorite artists as well as artists with similar styles. Her project was especially impressive in it’s visual design (to be expected given the subject matter, but still excellent nonetheless). The design was sleek, fluid, and aesthetically pleasing. If you’d like to see for yourself, hop on over to http://myartbook.herokuapp.com/.

Darion is a coffee aficionado. His site allows users to find, rate, and share information about their favorite coffees and where to obtain them. I typically hesitate to describe people’s projects as “the X of Y” but in this case, it seems appropriate to call Darion’s project the laser-focused Yelp of coffee, but on steroids. The idea, not the coffee.

 

Josiah is a gamer. His idea is rooted in his own experience, and one he has seen commonly in video gaming. Many games have levels that are difficult to beat, even with high levels of repetition. There’s often a trick to a given level, or occasionally a user gets stuck and misses a simple solution. Josiah’s website allows users to pair up to assist each other with a given game.

 

* – Although this was nominally a back end class to teach Java, the students were also taught front end (HTML, CSS, and Javascript). Normally, front- and back-end classes run at the same time and students pair up for their projects. For this cohort, there was no front-end class, so the back-end students had to do the entire project themselves. Rest assured that these did not look like unfinished front-end or poorly styled projects. Instead, the students took this challenge on full force and did a wonderful job.

Disclaimer: I am on the Board of Advisors for The Iron Yard Las Vegas.

March 5, 2017 I Written By

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

Vegas Startup Company Profile: Moda

The following is a short company profile interview with Victor Teruel, CEO from Moda. Moda is a mobile application that connects available model in any city directly to clients for immediate bookings. 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
While the idea behind Moda stems from my own experience as a client having a difficult time trying to book models last minute for an event, its development is earnestly rooted in all the feedback that we received from all the models and businesses that we work with. Before we started with development, we made it a point to personally listen to all the models that we interviewed. We wanted to know their thoughts and frustrations, to understand their experiences in the current industry and what they like and dislike about their agents and agencies. We were stunned that there were many recurring themes, of payment delays, high commissions taken by their agencies, lack of respect for their privacy and personal space, and worst sexual harassment.  It was through this, that we made it our goal to engineer Moda’s platform to be a solution, one that every model can have to empower themselves to pursue their dreams of being discovered in a safe & reliable platform, all in the palm of their hands.

Tell us about your team
Victor Teruel, CEO
Moda originated from Victor’s experience in business and fashion. He founded Moda, with the intent to simplify the process of hiring talent by allowing models to be hired by clients directly through their mobile device. Victor is a successful entrepreneur whose first business was in promotions as the Co- Founder and Managing Director of REM Nightlife Entertainment LLC. He is also a partner of MAMAM Delifoods, a restaurant corporation in the Philippines.  He has worked for major luxury fashion houses like Fendi- LVMH, Celine- LVMH and Miu Miu- Prada Group with multiple roles in customer relation’s management, sales management, merchandising & operations.

Sagar Raich, President
Sagar cofounded Moda with the intent of allowing anyone to be a model and to be in the promotions and fashion industries. Having worked at large financial firms like Merrill Lynch, having been the Managing Partner of his own successful Corporate Law based Law Firm for many years, and having run many successful businesses, Sagar brings unique finance, law, and business perspectives in running and growing Moda. As a businessman, Sagar’s involvement in conventions, promotions, and marketing will also allow him to successfully handle Moda’s operations and growth.

Bryan Pelayo, Public Relations Coordinator
With his experience in promotions and marketing, Bryan will oversee the public relations for Moda. He is responsible for establishing our initial partnerships with the models and influencers that will represent the company. Bryan has more than six years of experience in promotions, marketing, sales and hospitality with multiple companies such as Marquee day club & nightclub, Encore beach club and Ameripark.

Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?
First off, we chose Las Vegas because it was the most ideal city for our platform. Being the convention capital of America, we knew we could really make an impact in the growing need for accessibility and affordability in the industry. Second, our team is composed of Las Vegas locals who have deep roots in this community. From those who work in gaming, fashion, nightlife, modeling, to those who practice law, our team is representative of what being a Las Vegas local is about. We live and understand the hard work that our local professionals put in everyday to service the millions of people that come to our city.

What we love about Las Vegas is its uniqueness. There is a certain excitement that is driven by the diversity and fusion of tourists from all over the world & our beloved locals. In a city where 9 to 5 jobs are not the norm, we are able to truly highlight our platform that is based on the idea of work flexibility and convenience. With Moda, anyone can be a model; they can come from any city, be working in a completely different field of work, and even use it when they are traveling. They just need to turn the available button on, and they can enjoy Las Vegas while also having the ability to make extra income.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?
We hope that the Las Vegas community can support us and give us an opportunity to make a positive difference in an industry that has at times been troubled with negative associations. We created Moda to be a solution for models, new and aspiring, to pursue their passions and for businesses to meet their needs efficiently and effectively.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
Use discouragement as an opportunity – Sometimes, when we come up with an idea, we are attached to it so much that every criticism, every problem & setback that we encounter, becomes a discouragement.  Use that discouragement as an opportunity to strengthen your idea to be able to solve the problems that come along the way. Ultimately the finished product will be a reflection of all the set backs that you had to overcome to get there.

Where can we find out more about your company?  What’s your twitter/instagram/snapchat handle(s)?
You can find Moda on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

October 21, 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.

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

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

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

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

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