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Halsey Minor to Speak at Startup Grind Las Vegas

We try not to cover every event that’s happening in the Las Vegas startup community or this blog would just become a Las Vegas startup event blog. However, every once in a while we like to highlight new events or special events that are happening in Las Vegas. In this case, I just wanted to point out that StartupGrind Las Vegas is back.

Starting at CES in January, Michael Terpin together with Warren Whitlock have committed to holding the Startup Grind Las Vegas events again. They always do an incredible job bringing unique, successful, and interesting people to Las Vegas for the events.

This month on April 18, 2016 at 6 PM, the next Startup Grind Las Vegas will host Halsey Minor from Reality Labs and Voxelus. Here’s a little bit more about Halsey:

About HALSEY MINOR (REALITY LABS, VOXELUS)

An Internet and tech pioneer, Halsey Minor was a key player in the digital publishing revolution. In 1993, he founded CNET Networks, the first comprehensive consumer-facing technology content publisher and one of the most-visited and trusted technology information resources in the world. Halsey led CNET to become a NASDAQ 100 company. CNET was acquired by CBS Corporation in 2008 for $1.8 billion.

In 2015, Minor founded Voxelus, a platform that allows anyone, anywhere to create, share and play virtual reality games and experiences without writing a single line of code. Starting January 2016, Uphold connected to the Voxel blockchain (Voxchain), which means that VOX can be transferred between external VOX wallets and Uphold wallets, as well as being convertible from all other currencies supported by Uphold.

If you’ve never been to a Startup Grind, you should register now and attend. Plus, the event is being held at The Iron Yard (1112 S Casino Center Blvd Las Vegas, 89104), so you can learn about their new Hospitality Accelerator as well.

April 12, 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.

Special TechDebut Discount for Las Vegas Tech Companies During CES

I’ve talked many times before about how lucky we are to have CES in Las Vegas every year. Whether you’re attending the official International CES show or not, there’s still a huge opportunity as a startup company in Las Vegas to get exposure during CES and to meet a lot of amazing people.

For those who haven’t been to CES before, it can be a bit overwhelming. We’ll be coming out with a full list of activities you can attend during CES in the future. Until then, I wanted to point out a great discount that Michael Terpin is offering Las Vegas companies that are interested in meeting with media during CES at his event called TechDebut (Formerly known as StartupDebut).

TechDebut during CES
I’ve been to TechDebut every year for a lot of years and Michael and his team always put on a good event. Although, this time they’re making it even easier for CES press to attend the event. Instead of having to shuttle the press over to TechDebut, they’re now holding TechDebut in the suites at Four Seasons. That’s a short walk from Mandalay Bay where a lot of press take part in the official press opening to CES.

For tech companies, they have a tabletop option and a standalone suite option (where you can stay the night as well) where you can feature your company. Like he’s done before, Michael’s offering a discount to Las Vegas tech companies. For all the details, just reach out to them on their contact page and mention that you’re a local Las Vegas tech company.

If you’re not a Las Vegas based company, you can still participate in TechDebut. It’s a great way to get access to a wide variety of CES press. Plus, you get a night in a suite at the Four Seasons hotel which you can use during CES.

CES Party List Party
Another mainstay during CES for the Las Vegas tech community is the CES Party List Party that Michael hosts at his home together with Startup Grind Las Vegas. Be sure to check out the CES Party List for all the various CES parties and come to the event for it on January 9, 2016 from 6-9 PM (although, the party never stops at 9). This marks the return of Startup Grind Las Vegas where you’ll get to meet Joel Comm, author, speaker, Twitter guru and inventor of the “iFart” app.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the various CES events. If you have other events people in the Las Vegas startup community should know about, let us know in the comments.

December 14, 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.

Two Great Vegas Startup Events

We try not to cover all of the events happening in Las Vegas startup world, because if we did the whole blog would be about various events happening around town. However, I saw these two events today and thought they were worth highlighting for readers who might not know about them.

CommunityCation Luncheon ft. Andrew Citores of JusCollege – For those who don’t know, the InNEVation Center has been holding their monthly CommunityCation lunches. At first I wasn’t sure if they were open only to members of the InNEVation center, but I’ve learned that they’re open to everyone and anyone who wants to attend. Check it out. Plus, who can argue with free lunch. Not to mention JusCollege is a pretty cool company.

Startup Grind Las Vegas Summer BBQ with Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel (Fatal1ty Gaming Gear) – If you’ve never been to a Startup Grind, then you’re missing out as well. Michael Terpin and company do a good job putting together these events. Plus, Fatal1ty has some of the best stories. I first knew him as the first professional gamer and I’m happy that Wikipedia backs that up. Jonathan (or Fatal1ty) should be a great interview.

Check out these events. I’m looking to attend both of them as well. Always lots to do any lots of ways to connect.

August 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.

Startup Debut, Startup Grind, and CES Partylist Party During CES

In my previous post on CES, I should have also added in some of the events that Michael Terpin and Social Radius do during CES. Luckily Michael sent me a few details on what they’re doing:

1) Startup Debut – We’re holding our fifth annual Startup Debut at CES media showcase at Cili, with shuttles for the two blocks from Mandalay Bay for out-of-town media (we’re again expecting about 500 media, with all the top-tiers as in prior years, from CNN to NY Times). Once again, we’ve offered half-price for local companies – $1,500. We’re still offering that discount for local companies right up until three hours before the event (tomorrow – Sunday – 7-10 pm) in case there are any local companies decide at the last minute they need to get some press around CES. This year, we are also showcasing six Bitcoin companies, including a Bitcoin ATM. I’m also willing to let a select group of Vegas startup CEOs check out the final hour of the event for free. Contact Michael Terpin if you’re interested: michael@socialradius.com.

2) We’re doing something different this year for our 8th annual CES Partylist Party. Because there were so many events this year on Thursday – and there were several late-night events on Friday after the show ends – we decided to take the early evening slot on Friday, Jan 10th, and combine this months’ Startup Grind with our annual party. As a twist, we’re holding them both at our home in Quail Ridge Estates. Here are the links for Startup Grind (5-7 pm) and for the CES Partylist party. Strict rsvp for both, due to parking restrictions and needing to put people’s names at the gate.

January 4, 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 Startup Grind Comes to Las Vegas

At SXSW I had a chance to talk with Michael Terpin, CEO of SocialRadius, about what was happening in the Vegas Startup world. At that event and then again at SXSW V2V, Michael told me about some events he wanted to bring to Las Vegas. Those discussion have now become a reality as Michael is bringing Startup Grind to Las Vegas. You can find details on the first Starup Grind Las Vegas event below:

Serial entrepreneur Brock Pierce, known as the godfather of virtual currency and a major player in the online social casino environment, will be the featured speaker at Las Vegas’ first-ever Startup Grind.

The Startup Grind (http://startupgrind.com/) is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs in more than 50 cities and it is now coming to Las Vegas! Enjoy networking with founders, innovators, educators and investors in a casual setting, followed by a fireside-type chat with leading business figures. Plus free beer and wings!

Sponsored by The InNEVation Center and Meat, Chix & Wieners, Brock — who is executive chairman of Playsino, a managing director of the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund and a board member of IMI Exchange, Xfire, Five Delta, EverTune and Spicy Horse Games — will be talking with Michael Terpin, CEO of SocialRadius and creator of Marketwire.

WHAT: The Las Vegas Startup Grind
WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2013
TIME:  6 to 9 p.m
COST: $15 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase, visit  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8156370925
WHERE: InNEVation Center, 6795 Edmond St., Las Vegas 89118
DETAILS: Startup Grind features successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. Call 702-410-7818 or visithttp://startupgrind.com/ for more information.

I’m looking forward to the amazing people that Michael can bring to Las Vegas.

September 6, 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 Vegas Tech Wrap Up

I know that I posted a quick post about Vegas Tech at SXSW. Certainly it highlighted some of the really cool things that happened at SXSW including the breakout Vegas Tech star, Ethan Duggan. Plus, as I say in the post, I think much of the Vegas Tech bonding that happened will prove to be the most valuable. I still think that’s the case, but as I’ve recovered from a crazy couple weeks of travel and conference attendance I think that Vegas Tech did much more at SXSW than we can really calculate.

I started to consider all of the things that weren’t reported or part of the formal VegasTech at SXSW initiative. Take for example Michael Terpin’s Startup Debut at SXSW. Michael and Social Radius have been doing business in Las Vegas for quite a while and been part of SXSW since 1996. I imagine many in the Vegas startup community barely even knew what he was doing at SXSW, but he was there.

I also love David Anderson and OpenFire. He and his partner were at SXSW with no ticket to the show, but they were hustling. They made friends with a coffee shop owner and started a meetup for others to come and co-work. Between that and the other events they attended think about how many people likely learned about Vegas Tech from them.

Another example is master networker Jimmy Jacobson of Wedgies. I know he was at SXSW, but only saw him for about 5 minutes in Austin. If you followed his Twitter stream you’d know that he was all over SXSW doing what he does best, meeting people and connecting with them. I can’t imagine the hundreds of people that learned what’s happening in #VegasTech from him during SXSW.

I also saw Sarah Austin from Pop17 quite a few times in Austin (She hasn’t quite bought her place in Vegas, but she should soon). She did her own startup pitch event, did a magazine signing, attended a Bravo taping, played a concert with her band, and certainly much more than I know about.

I could go on and on. The point is that there were hundreds of people from Las Vegas attending SXSW that were meeting people, connecting with people, partying with people, and so the effect is much greater than anything we can count in number of tweets, #vegastech booth traffic, or party attendance (as cool as it was to have Matt Mullenweg, Founder of WordPress at the party).

The Vegas Tech community did great at SXSW to make a lot of people ask, what’s happening with Las Vegas Startups? We still have a lot of challenges ahead of us as a community, but I expect many people that make up the future of Vegas Tech will be able to draw a line back to SXSW 2013.

March 24, 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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