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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.

Startup Weekend Las Vegas is Back – Nov 20-22, 2015

I can’t keep track of how many Startup Weekend’s we’ve had in Las Vegas, but I always want to support Startup Weekend Las Vegas. For those who haven’t been around the Las Vegas startup community for very long, the first Startup Weekend Las Vegas was the kick off to everything we now know as #VegasTech. That first event together with the Vegas Jelly really brought the Las Vegas tech startup community together in a way that wasn’t happening previous to the event.

With all of that said, I’m excited that Startup Weekend Las Vegas is happening again on November 20-22, 2015 at UNLV Beam Hall and you can register here. The format is the same as usual. The kickoff on Friday with anyone who wants to pitching an idea. Then, teams are formed around the ideas and work begins to build the idea. Teams work all day Saturday and Sunday morning fleshing out their idea and launching their product/website/company. Sunday afternoon you present your idea to the judges and the prizes are awarded.

Outside of the logistics of Startup Weekend, you also get fed amazing food, get to meet and work with tons of amazing people, and you might walk away with prizes. The best part of these events really is the opportunity to meet and connect with other participants in a real working environment. You learn a lot about people when you’re working on a fun project in a time constrained situation.

It’s also worth mentioning that a number of Vegas Startup companies were started at Startup Weekend Las Vegas including one that eventually sold to eBay.

Everyone is welcome to attend Startup Weekend. There’s registration for Non-Technical, Developers, and Designers, so register now. Also, there’s a guest pass to just attend the pitches on Friday and the presentations on Sunday.

I hope to see many of you there!

November 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.

2014 Winners of TechNevada Honors

This week was the TBAN organized TechNevada honors. It’s a great event that brings together the tech community to recognize some local Las Vegas tech companies. In case you missed the event, the 2014 Nominees and Winners (in bold) are listed below:

Technology Company of the Year:
Banjo
Smashmetrics/Revunit
Wedgies

Tech Product of the Year:
Zero Idle Battery
FSL3D, 3D printer

Entrepreneur of the Year Award:
Zach Ware, Project 100 and WIP
Sunny Tara, DocBeat
Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo, TechCocktail

Most Promising Early Stage Start-up:
Skyworks Aerial Systems
Dooing
Paystr
Tealet

Tech Transplant of the Year:
Orderwithme.com
JusCollege
Moveline

At the event, a few other awards were given:
Technology Star in the Public Sector: Thomas Wilczek
Spirit Award: Downtown Podcast
Technology Executive of the Year: Jeff Oberschelp

It’s amazing to see how quickly the Vegas Tech community has grown. Congrats to all the nominees and winners!

April 25, 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 #1 Overlooked Skill to Internet Business Success is…

The following is a guest blog post by Christian Torres.

Can you guess what it is?

I’ll give you just a few hints:

  • It’s not the ability to buy traffic (Website Hits). Traffic is important for sure, but there’s a skill that you must master that’s FAR more important (and then traffic is easy.)
  • It’s not being a great salesman. Sales are obviously important, but there’s a skill that takes place BEFORE a sale is ever made that’s far more urgent
  • It’s certainly not the ability to write CLEAN CODE or being a Tech Genius… (Even though technology gives us exponential leverage)

Here’s the truth:

  • You can have the best product in the world…
  • The best staff or team…
  • All the funds you’d ever need to run your biz…
  • And even have the best salesperson ever…
  • But if you don’t have great marketing, you’re DEAD!

What is this Marketing skill you speak of?

I’m talking about the skill of Copywiting.

The bottom line is that you must be able to SELL WHAT YOU BUILD in order to have a sustainable business that generates profits and income for you & your team.

So what is Copywriting?

Copywriting is Salesmanship in Print, In Web Page, In Email, In Tweet, FB Ad, or In any media that your ideal customer can receive a message so that they Buy Your Product, Software, Saas, or Professional Service…

Copy (Persuasive Messages) is that most scalable way to sell your product or services Copy allows you to sell your products or service without you having to do the selling in person.

How can Copywriting Benefit you?
*You won’t ever have to Chase for More Customers, they will be Chasing You with Cash In Hand
*You will be able to sell “One to Many” Vs. “One on One”
*Copy will better help you validate your business idea’s value in the market place
*You will be able to put words together that will do all the selling for you in mass
*You will have an unfair advantage for your startup or in your industry by mastering the dark art of copywriting [This Art is not Evil, but can be Sinister] 😉

There is going to be a copywriting seminar this upcoming weekend called Success Magnet Seminar. I will be attending, you have a chance to be there with me for Free…
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I have 1 Extra ticket ($497 Value) to the copywriting conference on the 25-27th of Oct.

I offered it to both of my business partners but they won’t be able to make it since they’re both busy traveling.  So I decided to create a sweepstakes for it.

Enter to Win below

here—> http://hightechtorres.com/vegascopywriting.php

The Contest Ends This Wednesday the 23rd of Oct.

See you there…

October 21, 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.

Las Vegas Developer Patent Summit

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Join the Free Application Developers Alliance at a Las Vegas Developer Patent Summit September at 6 PM at Raster Media. The event is a chance to share stories of demand letters and lawsuits from trolls, discuss legal strategies and litigation costs, and share ideas for software patent reform.

DATE: September 4 | FREE | 6pm
LOCATION: Raster Media | 1001 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
AGENDA:
6:00pm Welcome (registration, drinks, food, and mingling)
6:30-8:00pm Brief Presentation, Panel Discussion, and Q&A
8:00pm Enjoy food and drinks, meet the panel, and network

Register today!

August 29, 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.

SXSW V2V Showcases #VegasTech

This week Las Vegas has the amazing opportunity to host SXSW V2V. Most people are familiar with the original SXSW conference in Austin which brings together a huge tech community (SXSW Interactive), music (SXSW Music) and film (SXSW Film). In fact, the SXSW interactive had grown so large that it literally had outgrown the city of Austin.

SXSW V2V was created hopefully as a partial release valve for the tremendous growth of SXSW interactive. Certainly SXSW interactive will still continue to happen in Austin, but the organizers of SXSW wanted to find a way to expand what they could do to help the innovator and startup community. Considering Austin’s challenges with hosting a big conference it made logical sense why SXSW would turn to Las Vegas for their expansion. Plus, the expansion married perfectly with the amazing growth of the Vegas Tech startup community. Oh the serendipity of it all.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure how well the SXSW V2V event would showcase what was happening with the Tech Community in Las Vegas. A day and a half into the event and I’m very happy with how well SXSW V2V has showcased what’s happening in Las Vegas.

The Vegas Tech startup showcase was certainly headlined by the Tony Hsieh keynote where he asked, “How many chances do you get to shape the future of a city?” Although, I expect the more powerful impact will come from the interactions with hundreds of Vegas Tech entrepreneurs I’ve seen scattered throughout SXSW V2V. Whether it’s Scott Allison from Teamly and Andrew Crump from Bluefields together with Representative Joe Heck talking about the broken immigration system or the Vegas native Maren Donovan from Zirtual talking crowdsourcing and outsourcing on their respective panels, the Vegas Startup community was well placed throughout the SXSW V2V programming. The Startup Spotlight Showcase also included many Vegas companies including: Cubby Road, ALICE Receptionist, and Tracky. Plus, how beautiful was it to see the Gold Spike filled to capacity with startup companies and innovators? I even saw a number of Vegas Startup companies at the evening event that couldn’t afford to attend the full SXSW V2V and didn’t realize they could volunteer.

Much credit goes to Christine Auten and Hugh Forrest, organizers of SXSW, for reaching out to the Vegas community over a year ago to make sure that the community was well represented and integrated into the event. Hopefully we’ve been able to support their efforts as much as they’ve worked to support our community.

Of course, there’s still a day and a half left of SXSW V2V, but I can already say that it’s been a huge success for Las Vegas. I don’t think that Vegas itself could have planned a better showcase event for what’s happening in the Las Vegas tech community.

I look forward to many more years of growth together with SXSW V2V.

August 13, 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.

UNLV Solar Decathlon Team

If you haven’t seen what the UNLV Solar Decathlon team is doing, you should check it out. They’ve been all over Las Vegas talking about their project. They’ve got a great story and it’s great to see UNLV students doing such amazing work. I caught up with them at an event I attended a little while back and had them do a short video talking about their project. It was just a quick video on my cell phone camera, so excuse the poor audio and video, but it gets the idea across.

If you want to see them in person, the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team will be the guest speakers at the Las Vegas Green Chamber of Commerce July 9th business mixer at the Springs Preserve.
When: 09 Jul 2013 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Springs Preserve 297 S. Valley View, Las Vegas, NV 89107

The Las Vegas Green Chamber of Commerce will donate $10 of each guest and at door ticket to support the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team.

If you can’t attend the event, but would still like to support the UNLV Solar Decathlon team, check out their fundraising progress on their website.

Also, check out this video showing off the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team:

July 7, 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.

Vegas Startup Company Sport-Social Wins $100k from Project Vesto

A big congrats to Las Vegas startup company Sport-Social for winning the Project Vesto competition. I couldn’t be happier to see a Las Vegas startup company take home the $100k prize. The following is the full press release that details the announcement.

CARSON CITY, Nev. (June 28, 2013) – NIREC is proud to announce Sport-Social as the winner of Project Vesto. Sport-Social, a Nevada startup servicing the needs of children with autism and other special needs, will be awarded the business competition’s top prize and opportunity for $100,000 in seed funding and support. Andrew Devitt, a 22-year old therapist for children with autism, started Sport-Social in 2011 with just $15,000. In the past 20 months Sport-Social has grown to employing 20 people and servicing 225 children per week using action sports, team sports, and the arts to provide an ideal environment for social interaction.

As the winner of Project Vesto, Sport-Social will receive a $25,000 check during an awards ceremony at its place of business during the next month (date and time to be announced). The Las Vegas startup will then be required to achieve important milestones established by Project Vesto and experienced industry mentors in order to receive the full prize.

“For startup companies like Sport-Social, it is extremely important to couple hands-on mentorship with seed capital to help ensure their success,” says Ian Rogoff, Chairman of the Board of NIREC. Through Project Vesto, Sport-Social will gain access to a distinguished network of angel investors, experienced entrepreneurs and consultants who will work hands-on with Sport-Social over the coming months to take their business concept to the next level. “We look forward to helping Sport-Social become an even bigger success story for Nevada than it already is,” says Rogoff.

“Start-ups are an important component of Nevada’s economic development plan,” said Steve Hill, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Project Vesto is one example of the innovative investments that GOED is making to build a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem that ensures Nevada remains a ‘Top 10’ state for entrepreneurs for years to come.”

Sport-Social was selected as the winner of Project Vesto by popular vote on the Project Vesto website at www.ves.to out of 232 Nevada entrants and 12 finalists selected by high-profile judges in Reno and Las Vegas. The 2012-2013 Project Vesto competition was administered by the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization(NIREC), with sponsorship and support from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the City of Reno, Rob Roy’s InNEVation Center powered by Switch,Wedgies real-time web polling, Brennan Capital Partners, the Growing Worldwide Opportunity FoundationSierra AngelsHelioPower, the Law Offices of Snell & Wilmer, and Mr. Robert C. Anderson.

More information about Sport-Social is available at lasvegasautism.com.

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About GOED: Created during the 2011 session of the Nevada Legislature, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is the result of a collaborative effort between the Nevada Legislature and Governor Brian Sandoval to restructure economic development in the state. GOED’s role is to promote a robust, diversified and prosperous economy in Nevada, to stimulate business expansion and retention, encourage entrepreneurial enterprise, attract new businesses and facilitate community development. More information on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development can be viewed atwww.diversifynevada.com.

About NIREC: The Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization (NIREC) is an independent private 501(c)3 nonprofit actively involved in igniting innovation, driving commercialization and fueling acceleration as an innovation intermediary in Nevada. More information about NIREC can be found at www.nirec.org.

June 28, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Catching Up With Tabeso

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

Chad Ramos - Tabeso - Gold Spike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 25, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 electronic medical record and health IT blogs. He also founded the Pure TV Network of blogs. John recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. As part of the Las Vegas Tech startup community, John helped organize the highly successful inaugural Startup Weekend Las Vegas. He's also been a strong supporter of the Vegas Tech community including co-founding the VegasStartups.com blog. John is highly involved in social media, and can be found on Twitter: @techguy and Google Plus.

Interview with Justin McVay from UNLV Business STARTUP Center

The following is an interview with Justin McVay, Startup Advisor, from the UNLV Business STARTUP Center.

Tell us some background on the UNLV Business STARTUP Center. Who’s involved in the center?

The UNLV Business STARTUP Center was formed to meet the ever-growing needs of the on- and off-campus startup community. We wanted to provide a resource for guidance, advice, counsel and mentorship for founders or entrepreneurs developing their startup. We have experts in business formation, economic and business development, banking and capital formation, marketing and research, and other areas who mentor and assist new companies through these processes and more.

What kind of services can a startup company in and around Las Vegas get from the UNLV Business Startup Center?

We offer a wide variety of business-related services and can craft our individual services to best fit the need of the startup. From napkin to execution, we have available services to mentor a startup through business creation, strategic planning, marketing, building financial reports, or preparing for investor meetings. If we can’t help, we’ll find someone who can.

Is this only for UNLV students or can anyone use your services? What are the costs of your services?

We are a campus and community resource, so we cater to university students and faculty, as well as the greater Las Vegas Startup Community. Our resources are offered at absolutely no cost – we never charge a fee and we don’t ask for any equity or ownership rights with the startups we assist.

How is this different than the Small Business Center at UNLV?

The UNLV Business STARTUP Center is still part of the Nevada and nationwide group of Small Business Development Centers. However, our Center recently decided to refocus its efforts and resources toward the startup and entrepreneur community, positioning itself to assist high-growth startups, particularly in the tech and innovation-based space, who typically have the ability to scale quickly. We also have partnerships with other organizations in the area who can assist small businesses that may not fall within our scope, so services are still available no matter what your idea or business.

What can the Las Vegas Startup community do to help you in your mission?

We really are kind of a startup ourself, just getting our legs under us, bringing our team together and beginning to tell our story – the parallels of starting an organization like this are very similar to building a company. So that’s I think where the community can help, by spreading the word of what we’re doing and how we can assist entrepreneurs and startups. I know we can assist entrepreneurs on their road to success if we can get the word out that we are here to help. Tell your associates, friends and colleagues what we’re doing and I think that will certainly give us a great head start.

What’s your top advice for a startup entrepreneur?

Always be tenacious, but recognize when you may be a bit out of your lane and you need to ask for help. Raising your hand and requesting support does not mean you’re not great at what you do. However, the more you’re willing to get advice, mentorship or assistance in areas outside of your area of expertise only makes you a better founder or entrepreneur, and your startup will be the better for it.

June 11, 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.

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