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My Guide to Visiting the #VegasTech Startup Community

One of the most common questions we get here at Vegas Startups goes something like this “I’m coming to Las Vegas, can you connect me to what’s happening in the Vegas Startup Community.” Sometimes they have variations like asking us to introduce them to startup companies or startup founders, but the concept is generally the same. They’re in Las Vegas, and they want to check out/hang out with/learn about the Las Vegas startups and the Las Vegas startup community while they’re here.

With this in mind, I thought I’d create what I consider my guide to getting to know the Las Vegas startup community. Plus, I had a couple guys from Brazil that I promised I’d help get to know the Vegas Startup community since they were planning a visit. So, this is inspired by my Brazilian startup friends (or soon to be friends).

There are two main centers of startup activity in Las Vegas: Downtown Las Vegas (Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project is the core of this) and the InNEVation Center (Switch/Supernap is behind this). Visiting both of these communities will give you a good feel for the Las Vegas startup community. Then, along with these communities you have a wide variety of startup companies throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Now for some more specifics on these two hubs of the Las Vegas startup community and a few other resources to help you with a visit to Las Vegas:

InNEVation Center
The InNEVation center is Rob Roy’s (Founder of Switch) “gift” the community. It really is an amazing asset in the Las Vegas startup community. The InNEVation center is this really unique mix of co-working, a great meeting venue, and office space for Las Vegas tech companies.

If you reach out to the InNEVation Center, they should be able to schedule you a tour of the space. It’s a really unique venue that makes for a great tour. Otherwise, you can also check out the InNEVation Center blog to see some of the latest happenings. Each month they host a CommunityCation Luncheon which is great and they also list a wide variety of meetups every month. Attending one of those meetups is another great way to meet the community.

Behind the InNEVation Center is a company called Supernap (Switch). If you’re looking for a data center option for your company, getting a tour of the Supernap should be on your list of things to do in Las Vegas. It’s an amazing experience (at least for a data center and tech geek like me).

Downtown Project – Downtown Vegas
The Downtown Project is Tony Hsieh’s (CEO of Zappos) $350 million investment in downtown. As of this post, the project consists of over 300 businesses that span the spectrum of tech startup companies, restaurants, venues, healthcare, education, and even a supermarket.

With that said, it’s hard to summarize everything that’s going on in Downtown Las Vegas that might interest you. However, you might start with a Tour of Zappos and Downtown. They have a number of options if you want someone to kind of introduce you to the area.

If you’d like to do your own tour of Downtown, I’d suggest you stop by the co-working space Work In Progress and then spend some time enjoying The Beat Coffee Shop, The Gold Spike, and Downtown Container Park. For a more specialized experience, you can check out Stitch Factory (Fashion), SYN Shop (Hacker Space), or Turntable Health (Healthcare).

As for tech startup investments and funding in Downtown Vegas, you’ll want to check out the Vegas Tech Fund and also the The Mill. The later includes an Idea Accelerator and a Startup Accelerator.

Regular Events
Community Dinners – Happens Every Wednesday night at 6 in various locations in Downtown Las Vegas. Organized by @WorkInProgress, so check with them for the latest details.

InNEVation Center Meetups – More meetups than we can keep track of.

Downtown Podcast – Happens Every Thursday Night at 9 PM. It started with a little more tech focus, but has lately been more Downtown Las Vegas focused. Still a fun event where you can meet people Downtown.

Tech Cocktail Week – Las Vegas – Usually happens the 2nd week of the month (Wed-Sat) in various locations in Downtown Las Vegas. Organized by @TechCocktailLV, so check with them for the latest details.

#VegasTech Hashtag
One of the very best ways to connect with the Vegas Tech startup community is to use the #vegastech hashtag on Twitter. The community really connects and rallies around that hashtag. A large portion of the community monitor it regularly and it’s a great way for you to connect with people in the Vegas Tech community. Feel free to post a message that you’re in town and who you’d like to meet. The community is likely to respond or connect you to the right person/company.

Vegas Tech Companies
Along with our own list of Las Vegas startup companies (which continually needs updating), there are a number of other places that have lists of Vegas Startup companies. Unfortunately, none of them are comprehensive. In fact, I don’t think all of these lists combined together would be comprehensive since the community is growing in such a dynamic way. However, it should give you a start when identifying startup companies in Las Vegas that could be of interest to you during your visit:
Vegas Startups Company List
Vegas Tech Funded Companies
InNEVation Companies
Work In Progress Companies
Vegas Tech Map
Vegas Valley Angels

Conclusion
Hopefully this gives you a small taste of what’s happening in the Las Vegas startup community and where you should go if you’re ever visiting Las Vegas. No doubt there is a lot more happening than’s described in this post. Plus, I expect it to be out of date tomorrow as things are constantly changing. That’s the fun of being in such a vibrant and exciting startup community. The comments on the post are open if someone in the community wants to highlight something I’ve missed.

February 6, 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: eBrokerHouse

The following is a short company profile interview with Alan Fenn, CEO of eBrokerHouse. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company.

eBrokerHouse is a transaction and offer management platform for real estate professionals. We serve every market in the country. Our platform allows agents to manage every back office aspect of their real estate transactions in one location. We eliminate the need for agents to use multiple software platforms for listing managment, CRM, showings, offers, tasks, notes, doc storage, etc.

Our most popular feature is online offer submission, which allows agents to receive offers on their listings online direct from the MLS. Listing agents can ensure complete offers are submitted to them and that they come over in a uniform format for easy organization and management. This feature also adds a lot of transparency to the offer process for all parties.

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

The company was actually started in Ohio, but we chose to relocate the business to Las Vegas for a several reasons. One was the real estate market. Las Vegas has a very dynamic real estate market and some of the best real estate professionals in the country. Things tend to happen here before they hit the rest of the country. Being in Las Vegas and consulting with local agents allows us to identify industry trends early and adapt our offerings accordingly. Also, being close to most of the important industry events and conventions was a huge factor. Plus we love the weather.

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

Las Vegas has the highest percentage of agents that have adopted our platform than any other market. So we just hope local real estate professionals will continue to support our efforts and promote the benefits of our technology.

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to pivot strategy and don’t wait to long to do so if things aren’t going as well as you had hoped. Many times it will be very clear that a strategy is not working like you had planned, but entrepreneurs can be stubborn and think if they just tweak this or that, things will change. You need to be honest with yourself and pivot sooner than later. There are several things we have done or are doing now that I waited quite awhile to pull the trigger on. I wish we would have done them sooner and we would be that much further ahead.

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

http://ebrokerhouse.com

January 25, 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: Discotech

The following is a short company profile interview with Ian Chen, Co-Founder and CEO of Discotech. If you’d like your vegas startup company profiled, drop us a note on our contact us page.

Tell us about your company.
Discotech is the “OpenTable for Nightlife”. Our free to download mobile app allows users to discover events, reserve bottle service, purchase tickets, and sign up for VIP guest lists at nightlife venues in different cities. Discotech is live on the iOS and Android app stores, and we currently service 5 cities – Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Washington D.C. Our mission is to bring transparency to the inefficient and outdated nightlife reservation space – you can think of it as a virtual promoter that can get you into any of the 80+ clubs that we currently work with. (Our partners include the biggest clubs in the U.S, including XS, Hakkasan, Marquee, Drais, etc.)

Furthermore, Discotech also offers a customer loyalty program that allows users to accrue points based on their spend and redeem them for rewards such as free bottles of champagne and liquor. The page most frequently viewed on our app is the Events page, which allows users to see which clubs are open and which DJs are playing by date.

The idea for Discotech came about from the customers perspective. After having one too many negative experiences dealing with traditional nightclub promoters (getting promised a certain price for a table, and then showing up at the venue and discovering that the same table is double the price), we decided to take matters into our own hand by leveraging technology to disrupt the space.

Discotech is currently angel funded, and has raised over $500K in our first round. We are in the process of raising our second round where we hope to raise 7 figures.

Tell us about your team.
Our team was founded by 4 UC Berkeley grads from the class of 2008 who have been friends since our Freshman year. After college, we all went our own direction, pursuing different careers, but we quit our jobs and came together to build Discotech. Two of the founders have a business background and handle the sales, operations, and marketing side of the business, and two of the founders are mobile developers.

The team developed Discotech in San Francisco, but moved to LA together to launch the product there. We have since moved to Las Vegas to expand our product. The team lives together and works together out of a house in Summerlin. (Think the show “Silicon Valley”, but in LA and Las Vegas) We used to do a lot of “market research” together at the clubs here in Las Vegas, but quickly burned out, and now spend our free time being nerds and playing board games like Settlers of Catan.

Why did you choose Las Vegas? What do you love about Las Vegas?
We chose Las Vegas because it is by far the largest market for Nightlife in the United States, and we want to be as close as possible to our biggest customers / partners.

There is actually a lot that we love about Las Vegas. For one, we love that housing prices here are so affordable! We live in a great 4 bedroom house and are paying about half of what we were paying in LA, and a quarter of what we were paying in San Francisco. Secondly, there are a lot of great restaurants outside of the strip.

What can the Las Vegas community do to help your company?
The Las Vegas community has already been very supportive and I have met a number of people from the Vegas Tech Community who have been great friends and mentors to me.

Our biggest challenge right now is actually in recruiting, we are looking to onboard at least 2 more developers to our team and its not an easy task!

What’s your best advice for startup entrepreneurs?
I think its a good idea to get an experienced advisor who has been through the entire start up process to back your team. There are a lot of processes that you have to go through with every start up, and having someone who has been there to guide you through the different moves can save your team a lot of heart ache and effort. (For example, setting up a corporation, filling out the 83B / tax documents, Founders agreements, fund raising documents, etc).

Where can we find out more about your company? What’s your twitter handle?
Some additional links:
Website: http://www.discotech.me/
Discotech app on iPhone
Discotech app on Android
Instagram: discotechapp
Twitter: discotechapp
angelist: https://angel.co/discotech

January 3, 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.

A Vegas Tech CES 2015 Preview

One of the best benefits of living in Las Vegas is that we’re the conference capital of the world. If you have a niche that interests you, a conference for that niche sooner or later comes through Las Vegas. However, a few conferences call Las Vegas home permanently. The International CES event is one event that I can’t ever imagine leaving Las Vegas. Mostly because no where else is large enough to hold it. That’s a nice quiver in the cap of the Vegas Tech community.

If you haven’t registered for the event, it’s now $200 on-site registration. Next year, if you register before August, then it’s free for those in the industry (that’s everyone in Vegas Tech). However, even if you don’t want to drop the 200 bones on late registration there are a lot of local events with CES attendees that you can attend. Here’s a look at a few of them that are open to Vegas Tech community members.

Startup Debut – This media showcase is organized every year at CES and SXSW by Vegas’ own Michael Terpin and will be on January 4, 2015 from 7-10 PM. It includes dozens of startups and hundreds of top media. If you’re a startup company that wants to exhibit at the event, you better go and apply now. Michael usually gives Vegas Tech startup companies a 50% discount to be in the Vegas startups pavilion. If you’re press, you can sign up to attend the event as well. Michael and his team always do a good job at this event and have a variety of really interesting companies on display. Plus, it’s a much nicer environment to connect with them than the CES show floor which is insane.

Startup Night Downtown Vegas – This event is organized by Vegas’ own TechCocktail together with CES and Eureka Park (CES’ startup area). The event is happening on January 5th from 6-9 PM at the Gold Spike downtown. This should be a great event that brings together many in the Vegas Tech startup community together with startups from around the world. There are shuttle buses from the Venetian to downtown for those who need them. The event is free, but you must RSVP.

Tech Stars Mobility and Robotics Accelerator Info Sessions – If you have an interest in the TechStars accelerator programs, they are holding two meetups at Work in Progress: The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Info Session and The Techstars Mobility Accelerator driven by Detroit Info Session. Look like good sessions to learn more about the programs and network with other people interested in those programs.

CES PartyList and Wrap Party and Startup Grind Las Vegas – This event is also done by Michael Terpin and does a nice job book ending the CES event on Friday January 9th from 5-10 PM. It’s a combined CES Party List and Startup Grind Las Vegas event. It’s always a nice way to end the week at CES and talk with others about what you saw during the week. The event is free, but you need to RSVP.

I’m sure there are other events happening. If you know of others that the Vegas Tech community should know about, please let us know in the comments and we’ll update the list.

January 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.

LaunchKey Raises $3 Million

Who says you can’t get a startup funded in Las Vegas? TechCocktail just announced another $3 million in funding for Vegas Startup company, LaunchKey. Here’s the details of the new investment:

After previously raising $750,000 from the VegasTechFund, Kima Ventures, Ludlow Ventures, and Prolific VC, LaunchKey announces that this venture round was led by Metamorphic Ventures with participation from ENIAC Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Pantera Capital, Rimrock Venture Partners, VegasTechFund, and others. LaunchKey has raised $4 million to date, and will use the new funding to expand its team and bring LaunchKey to market in 2015.

Congrats to the LaunchKey team! Always great to see more Las Vegas startup companies successfully raising money.

Best of luck to LaunchKey as they work to eliminate passwords.

December 20, 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.

Vegas Tech Company, Wedgies, Raises $700k

A big congratulations to the Wedgies team! This brings Wedgies total funding to $1.2 million and adds Greycroft Partners, VegasTechFund, KBS+ Ventures, and Battle Born Venture to their list of investors. I’m excited to see Battle Born Venture investing locally in Vegas Tech. Plus, the Tech Cocktail article on the funding says in 2014 Wedgies has powered polling across 10 million pages and 2 million voters a month.

In case you’re wondering, Wedgies is hiring:

Plus, a post about the funding of Wedgies wouldn’t seem appropriate without embedding a Wedgie of our own:

December 19, 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.

Startup Weekend Las Vegas “Family Portrait”

Nice work Rolf Juario capturing Startup Weekend Las Vegas. People don’t realize how much of a family has come together in #VegasTech thanks to Startup Weekend. Although, the thing I love most about this “Family Portrait” is that the family keeps getting bigger and bigger. There are new faces every time Startup Weekend Las Vegas is held. Nice work to all the organizers!

November 24, 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.

WordCamp Las Vegas, New Python User Group, and Other Meetups

As a blogger, I’m a big time user of WordPress. All of my blogs run on WordPress and it’s been an excellent platform for me to build my business. If you use WordPress in your business, you might want to check out WordCamp Las Vegas. It’s happening December 13-14 at the InNEVation Center. They’ve posted the lineup of speakers and registration is open, but will likely sell out. I’m honored to be speaking at this year’s event on the Next Generation Monetization Opportunities for WordPress bloggers. I’ll be talking about the shift towards sponsored content and how to offer an amazing integrated marketing package.

Yes, my presentation isn’t all WordPress, but this year WordCamp has created two tracks: developers and business. I’ve wanted them to do this for a while, so I’m glad they’re focusing the business track on the users of WordPress as opposed to just those who develop with it. Not that I have anything wrong with the developers of WordPress. I just always felt like WordCamp should cater to both audiences. Looks like it will be another great event.

I also got word of a new Python User Group that’s being organized by the people at Checkio. The first meetup is happening Dec 2nd at Work in Progress. Here are the details for the meetup (yes, they did say Beer and Pizza!):

Hi Vegas Pythonistas,

We’re organizing a first Las Vegas Python Meetup. We want to invite you to meet other cool coders, talk the talk and have some beer with pizza. It will be totally casual meetup to see how often we all want to keep having such events and what we want to do.

This first event will take place on December 2nd at Work in Progress (317 S 6th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101) at 6pm. Join us to meet other Python developers and hear the latest coding news :)

See more details and RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/lvpython/events/218691230/

It’s been really amazing to me to see the number of meetups and user groups explode over the last 4 years of doing this blog. What started with the Vegas Jelly every other week has led to more events than a single person can attend. Plus, the events have started to specialize which I think is a good thing.

If you want to see what I mean, check out the November InNEVation Center Meetup schedule and the Work in Progress Calendar to see just a few. Now the real challenge is choosing which events to attend. That’s a good problem to have and a real maturing of the Vegas Tech community.

November 19, 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.

Vegas Tech Company, Full Spectrum Laser, Raises $10 million

The Buffalo News is reporting that Summer Street Capital has made a $10 million investment in Las Vegas tech Startup company, Full Spectrum Laster. Here’s the note from the article:

Summer Street Capital, a Buffalo-based private equity fund, has made a $10 million investment in Full Spectrum Laser, a Las Vegas, Nev.-based laser and 3D printer engineering and manufacturing company.

The company said it would accelerate development of its next-generation, affordable laser cutting/engraving and 3D printing platforms to capitalize on market demand.

Congrats to Full Spectrum Laser on the funding! It’s great having you as part of the Las Vegas tech startup community. We’re looking forward to seeing your success in the growing 3D printing space.

November 12, 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.

AWS re:Invent Marketing Meetup at Lavo

The big AWS re:Invent conference is coming to Las Vegas. As is often, the case, it’s a great opportunity for the Las Vegas tech startup community to connect with some of the leading tech businesses. Do you have any plans for AWS re:Invent?

I was also contacted by Laura Crow from JumpCloud about doing an evening meetup that was focused on tech marketers. I was so busy that I couldn’t help her in the planning, but like a true startup personality, Laura put together the AWS re:Invent Marketing Meetup at Lavo.

If you’re a marketing person at a tech startup company or a marketing minded CEO, you can join Laura and other marketing minded professionals to share marketing stories and talk about AWS re:Invent. Just sign up for the event on Meetup.

It looks like she’s still evaluating the exact time for the meetup (might be 6 PM, or later at 7:30). Laura will update the meetup with the final time. I’m going to try and make it as well.

November 9, 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.

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