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Uber Now Picks Up at Las Vegas Airport

We’ve been following Uber in Vegas since it first started, then got shutdown and then was restarted. While Uber has been available in Las Vegas since September, there was still the little caveat that it couldn’t pickup at McCarren airport. In fact, it wasn’t suppose to drop off either, but they were doing it anyway.

The Las Vegas Sun recently reported that Uber can now pickup and drop off at the Las Vegas airport (McCarran Airport). This is great news for the 176,000 or so of our closest tech friends that are coming for CES can now order an Uber from the airport.

It’s been interesting seeing Uber battle the various rules and regulations in Las Vegas. Seems like they’ve won everything they need to operate quite effectively in Las Vegas now. I’ll be interested to see how their relationships with the casinos will evolve over time. Will they start having an Uber and Lyft specific waiting area?

We still don’t have that monorail stop at the airport, but at least we now have Uber and Lyft available for those who come to Las Vegas. That’s a good change.

December 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.

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.

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.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Training for #VegasTech – Learn from the Best

Most of the startup companies I’ve talked to want to leverage SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as part of their marketing strategy. One of the real benefits of living in Las Vegas is that some of the best SEO experts live here or visit here regularly.

With that in mind, I was excited when my friend and Las Vegas local Kristine Schachinger told me about her new SEO training class. For those who don’t know Kristine Schchinger, she’s been working online for 17 years and writes for some of the best SEO websites out there. I know that every time I’m able to spend time with her I learn more keys to SEO which I use to benefit my business.

What’s even better is that Kristine has brought in Fili Wiese, a former senior Google Search Quality team member to teach the SEO class with her right after the Pubcon conference in Las Vegas. Here’s what they plan to share in their full day SEO training:

  • Get insights into Google Search you never heard of before.
  • Learn all about User Experience Marketing.
  • Get unique tips and tricks that will help your SEO to the next level.
  • Attend the after session networking event for a chance to speak 1-on-1 with the speakers and other attendees.
  • Talk to the experts that know from first hand experience – no more guesswork!

The good news is that this SEO training is happening here in Las Vegas at the Innevation Center. We all know how great a venue that is for an event like this. Plus, they’re offering breakfast and lunch at the event and will be doing a hangout after the event where people can ask any questions they didn’t get answered during the class.

If you have a Las Vegas startup company that’s looking to improve your SEO, I highly recommend taking part in this training.

September 17, 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.

Uber is Back in Vegas – #NVLovesUber

Almost a year ago we wrote about Uber starting service in Vegas. After a battle with the Taxi Authority which requested and got a court order for Uber to stop its service and then some new legislation to make Uber possible in Las Vegas, you can now order an Uber in Las Vegas.

I read one report that it cost Uber half a million dollars to start service in Nevada again. Plus, they said Uber requested 7000 drivers from the state which was the max number they could request. No doubt they’re not going to start with 7000 drivers (a lot more drivers than there are cabs in Las Vegas), but I’m sure they just took the opportunity to get while the getting was good.

Based on the Twitter conversation on the announcement Uber will still not be available for pickup at the Las Vegas Airport (McCarren Airport) or from the strip. However, Uber should be able to drop off at the Las Vegas Strip and at McCarren airport. I wonder how many people will walk a block away from their hotel and order an Uber. I can see that happening a lot during CES.

Engadget has an awful article on Uber in Vegas and references travel from “Summerlin in the Southeast and Henderson in the Northwest” (Woops! Got that switched!). You can see some estimated prices for Uber in Las Vegas in Uber’s announcement about the Las Vegas service. Feels a bit pricey, but it is convenient if you’ve never used Uber before.

Welcome back to Las Vegas Uber! Many, many people in the tech startup community have wanted you here for a long time.

September 15, 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.

A Bunch of Great Las Vegas Tech Startup Events

We try not to make this an event blog since there are so many events to cover. However, we try to cover new ones that get started that we find interesting and also big ones that hit town like CES. One of the advantages of being a startup in Las Vegas is that we have conventions and conferences coming here all the time.

Here’s a recent example I got in my inbox about a Pitch Competition that’s coming to Vegas in October:

We are running a Pitch Competition for Event Technology Startups during IMEX America 2015 in Las Vegas (13-15 Oct.) There is no fee to join this competition and the top 5 shortlisted companies will be invited to pitch their product live to an audience of event professionals. Full info here: http://www.imexamerica.com/imexpitch

I would appreciate it if you could share this with the local startups that work in this area. Entries are open until Aug 31st.

The InNEVation Center is holding a great event on Wednesday Aug 19th called StartUp Day Across America Celebration. They’re having free open coworking, coffee and Dunkin’ Donuts in the morning and then lunch from Metro Pizza, prizes, snacks and fun activities throughout the day. Sounds like the perfect startup event to me. Be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend.

I could go on and on about other events like LaunchUp happening tonight or the regular community dinners hosted by Work In Progress each Wednesday. VegasTech.com has done a pretty good job aggregating other events. I hope to see you at InNEVation Center. I’ll be bringing my laptop and hopefully getting some work done amidst all the festivities and friends.

August 18, 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.

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.

CES 2016 Registration Opens – CES Is No Longer Free (Unless You’ve Attended the Last 2 Years)

UPDATE: Check out this post for CES 2017 registration details.

One of the great advantages of being a startup company in Las Vegas is that most of the major conferences eventually come through Vegas. Or as in the case of CES, they’ve made Las Vegas their permanent home. Each year I’ve posted when CES has opened their free registration. You have to be a member of the industry, but if you read this blog, there’s a 99% chance that you’re part of the industry.

Unfortunately, this year CES just opened up their CES 2016 registration, but it’s no longer free to register. It’s now $100 to register unless you’ve attended the past two CES, are a member of the media, or a member of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) that registers before September 30th. Here’s the full details on the new CES registration pricing:

  • CTA is implementing a $100 advanced fee for all registrants beginning July 8 when registration launches.
  • CTA is providing our loyal alumni who attended the 2014 or 2015 CES with a 30-day window of complimentary registration before the $100 fee goes into effect for this audience.
  • Registration for qualified media will remain free of charge.
  • Registration fees will increase to $300 beginning December 21 through the 2016 CES. This move is to encourage more registrants to sign up prior to December 21 to allow CTA ample time to verify credentials for those who register after that date.

CES also announced that they’ll be capping the registrations this year at 176,000 (comparable to last year’s attendance) to ensure a quality experience for those that attend. I think these are all good moves by CES. A few less crowded halls is a good thing.

As a Las Vegas startup company, $100 to attend CES is not a big change. If you can’t get $100 of value out of attending CES, then you should stay far away. Plus, there are a lot of events that happen during CES which don’t require a CES registration. So, even if you don’t attend, you can still benefit from 176,000 people visiting Las Vegas.

July 8, 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 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.

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