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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!
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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.

Vegas Startup Company Profile: SportS&Growth

The following is a short company profile interview with Jay Rosado from SportS&Growth. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company
A social network made privately and exclusively for colligate and professional athletes. No Fans No Media just the growth of athletes. We will have a 24hour screening process to verify all users. We have a bevy of features but our most powerful features that tested through the roof for pro athletes and agencies, that is are Sponsorship Opportunity. A feature were companies willing to sponsor pro level athlete will be able to create a profile. through are algorithm we would suggest the best sponsors for our athletes instead of cluttering their inbox. Thus it will make the job easier for agents and we will have our athletes choose to represent a company that he/she is truly passionate about. How do we make money? We do not support any advertising at all. We charge each an athlete user a monthly fee. $25 a month for Colligate athletes and $100 a month for professional athletes. For our Sponsorship Opportunity users we have a contract for 3 months for $1,000. Also we will receive a 1% commission when every deal is finalized through the sponsor and athlete. In return the two users “Athlete & Sponsorship Opportunity” will receive a yearly free subscription but S&G will always obtain our 1% commission.

Tell us about your team.
Ceo and founder: Julian “Jay” Rosado.
I have strong sales experience. I was sales director at a custom suit company called Customer Design Couture. I pushed the company to move towards athletes because they had released a dress code policy. I have made clients with the top world athletes such as LeBron James NBA, Floyd Mayweather Boxing, Danica Patrick NASCAR, Russell Wilson NFL, and Luton Shelton MLS and Aaron Rodgers NFL. Also to these athletes I have still good connection with and have received nothing but positive feedback from them.

COO: Andrew Coon
Andrew has a strong ethical background he currently is Mangers at Bank Of America. Andrew input is imperative to the overall success of S&G. His uncanny vision to what areas should we tackle first that are most important and less cost effective.

CTO: Elon Musk
Elon owns his own development company based out of Austin Texas. Elon made me take my vision and turned it into fruition. His background of being a former Colligate athlete for Syracuse University Football team makes his input be uncanny to any other developer. To find more about him and the work he has accomplished his website is elonandcompany.com

Why did you choose Las Vegas?
I chose this city because it is the most vastly going city in America. When the NHL agreed to have a franchise here and when they see the profits the other Sports leagues will fallow along such as NBA and NFL.

What do you Love about Las Vegas?
Similar to New York or LA, Las Vegas has the ability to bring people from all over the world together. To me this is the answer to ultimate wisdom because when a city brings people together from different backgrounds you will be able to view all different types of prospectives.

What can Las Vegas community do to help your community?
I suggest more Tech cocktails more suggestive viewings of Entrepreneurs, Artists, Developers etc. Las Vegas is at the cusp of innovation, if we were able to pull those innovators out of the city we would have a major financial improvement.

What is your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
My advice is simple, it is a 3 letter word that I guarantee you have herd before. DONT GIVE UP, you must not ever give up. You must be willing to sacrifice everything you own for a dream. No matter what odds you face or how little money you have, if you become knowledgeable of your gifts you become knowledgeable of being resourceful. Also read Napoleons Hill book: Think and Grow Rich, it teaches what the mind can receive it can achieve.

Were can we find out about your company?
angel.co my address is SportS & Growth

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April 10, 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: Combase-USA

The following is a short company profile interview with Abraham Gomez from Combase-USA. 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.
COMBASE USA is a subsidiary of the thriving COMBASE AG in Germany. The company was first founded in Dresden, Germany over twenty years ago. We provide innovative and attractive POS software and inventory management systems that make businesses excel.

Our company has always had a tradition of forward thinking. Our next-generation software solutions has paved new roads for the retail and quick-service restaurant sector. We aim and succeed in optimizing profitability and increasing motivation within the workforce. Our cloud based back office, combined with a user-friendly front-end enables owners and customer service representatives to optimize their workflow, while our inventory tracking simplifies the ordering process.

COMBASE-USA is excited to bring the KORONA family of software to the U.S. We have captivated thousands of users across all industries in Europe. But, we are now excited to share our software with the U.S. market and gain momentum here in the States.

Tell us about your team

We are a young, driven group of guys who are constantly making a better point of sale solution for our customers. Since day one our team we have strived to create new and innovative technology.

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

We have always loved the idea of having Las Vegas as a landing spot. We chose Nevada due to its business friendly environment. Las Vegas is also becoming a hub for tech startups.

The real estate market played a pivotal role in choosing Las Vegas as well. It was and still is a cost-effective city with a great outlook for new businesses.

Lastly, Las Vegas has always been a popular travel destination. It attracts large groups of individuals every year for business and entertainment. This makes it easier to meet potential business partners from all across the country. There are several conventions that occur in Las Vegas every year. These conventions are a great way to gain exposure and to demonstrate our cutting edge software solutions to retailers.

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

We would love if the retail industry and quick service restaurants here in Las Vegas look to us, as a leading POS software solution. If retailers are looking to utilize new technology that will improve their business, we are your POS solution choice.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?

To focus all of your attention on one task at a time. Being a young entrepreneur means that your life will be hectic. Therefore, it is better to focus and work on having one solid product than having several products that won’t satisfy your customers.

Be sure to meet and connect with other entrepreneurs to establish business relationships that will benefit your business down the road. They will also give you an outside perspective on your business.

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

Our website Combase-usa.com is a great place to learn more about the company and our history. For more detailed information on our software, koronapos.com details our KORONA software and how it will benefit you business.

Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter @CombaseUSA, to get the latest updates about retail tech news.

April 2, 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.

#VegasTech merger — separate companies no longer “a thing”

As everyone knows, the #VegasTech community has always been tightly connected and integrated. Some of you may remember SXSW 2013, where the #VegasTech community attended as a unified group, showcasing both the overall community as well as some individual companies.

This year, I’m pleased to announce that the numerous companies that make up #VegasTech have agreed to a 273-way merger. A merger of this size has never been contemplated before in the history of the modern corporation, so chalk up another first for #VegasTech. Although the list is too long to name every single company, that’s thankfully no longer necessary. In short, what has happened is that every single tech startup within a 50 mile radius of downtown Las Vegas has agreed to be called, in the future, simply #VegasTech (yes, with the hashtag). No longer will you have to remember the name of the individual company, you’ll just be able to go to the vegastech.com website and view all of the offerings in one place.

When John and I started this blog four years ago, our goal was to create a list of every Vegas startup. Fortunately, the aforementioned merger now makes this task trivial. There is now one tech startup in Las Vegas, and its name is #VegasTech.

April 1, 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.

Wedgies Brings Another $1.2 Million in Funding to Vegas

Ann Diab from TechCocktail is reporting that Wedgies.com has just done a second close on a $1.2 million round of seed financing. You may remember that we wrote about Wedgies $700k or financing previously. Not sure how they’re counting the funding, but Ann reports that this round brings their total funding to $1.8 million.

In the previous round it was reported that Greycroft Partners, VegasTechFund, KBS+ Ventures, and Battle Born Venture were the investors. This round adds Advancit Capital, MESA Ventures, Knight Foundation, Canyon Creek Capital, and TYLT LAB to their list of investors.

This funding shouldn’t come as a surprise since Wedgies has been powering the polls of a bunch of high power events including the live stream page for Obama’s State of the Union address. They certainly provide a unique and simple approach to polling that is appreciated by many.

Ann also reported that two Las Vegas developers, Jen Wilhelm and Pawel Szymczykowski have joined the Wedgies team. I’ve known both of them since the first Startup Weekend Las Vegas (Jen was on my team) which kicked off what we now know as Vegas Tech. They are both great additions to an already powerful team. I’m looking forward to seeing Wedgies continue to progress.

As we did in the last Wedgie funding post, we’ll include a wedgie poll below:

March 26, 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.

Ask The Experts! A #GITLV Panel Discussion

Hi #VegasTech and Friends. I wanted to get the word out on an event coming up next Monday, March 23rd. The discussion is on some soft skills that often get overlooked, but actually are a key part of a successful career.

ASK THE EXPERTS! #GITLV Discussion Panel
Monday, MARCH 23RD
6:00PM – 7:30PM
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Communication & Conflict Management Discussion Panel

Have you ever wished you could be better at having difficult conversations in personal and professional situations? Please join our panel of experts for a discussion on Communication & Conflict Management. Get tips on how to increase your communication & conflict management skills in your personal life and your professional life.

Learn More About Our Experts By Clicking Their Name Below:

Mark Rowland, CEO – DTP Ventures and ROCeteer
Nancy Gabriel, Mediator – Mediation Around the Table
Lisa Ulshafer, Life Coach – Empowered Living

Moderator: Andrea Rishmawi, Executive Recruiter – FILD

The event schedule is as follows:

  • 6:15p – Christina Intro Girls in Tech and our moderator, Andrea
  • 6:20p – Discussion Panel
  • 7:00p – Questions
  • 7:15p – Event ends

Here are some topics the panel will cover (time permitting):

  • What has been the biggest conflict or obstacle (internal or external) that you have overcome and how did you overcome it?
  • What do you see as a really common conflict or communication barrier? What is something that might impede a person’s growth, but is commonly overlooked?
  • What are tips for standing up for yourself without coming across as too aggressive or too passive? (This could be in or outside of the workplace .)
  • What is a way that you can help offer unsolicited advice to someone who appears to be in a difficult situation, without being pushy? (Or do you feel it’s better to keep quiet unless they ask for your opinion/help?) Tell us about the people YOU go to for advice.
  • Harnessing your emotions: it’s really easy to harness your emotions when it’s passion or excitement or love or something similar. How can you effectively harness other (not so positive) emotions in a positive way?
  • If you could give 1 single piece of advice for communicating with grace and effectiveness, what would it be?
  • What does your ideal meeting look like? Do you send an agenda in advance? (Video Conference? Phone?) What length of time do you think meetings should be, and how often?
  • Do you think it’s more effective to figure out your own strengths as a manager or to identify how others needs to be managed?
  • Gender Communication: we all know that this is a hot topic right now, especially in tech. How do you deal with a situation in which you don’t feel comfortable about a situation or with someone’s behavior?
March 17, 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.

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