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Rumgr Acquired by eBay – What’s It Mean for VegasTech?

This month we officially heard news that Vegas Tech startup company Rumgr had been acquired by eBay. This seems to be a really great outcome for Rumgr which started at the very first Startup Weekend Las Vegas. I still consider the first Startup Weekend Las Vegas as the kick off of what we now call #VegasTech. As one of the 4 organizers of the first startup weekend, I’m extremely happy that a company started at Startup Weekend Las Vegas was able to create enough value that they would be acquired by eBay. Props to Dylan Bathurst and Alex Coleman for making it happen.

At the recent Tech Cocktail Celebrate event, there was some discussion about whether Rumgr leaving Las Vegas to go and work at eBay was a bad sign for the Las Vegas startup community. People also like to point out companies like Romotive that have left Las Vegas to the valley as a bad sign for the Las Vegas startup community.

Personally, I think that acquisitions like what happened to Rumgr are fantastic for the Vegas Startup community long term. First, it shows that a startup company from Las Vegas can have a successful exit and is attractive to a silicon valley company. Second, when Rumgr’s employees are in the Valley, they’ll be evangelizing Las Vegas to everyone they meet. No doubt many they meet will ask them how a startup from Las Vegas had a successful exit to eBay when startup companies in the valley haven’t been able to get that exit. That’s a great thing for the Las Vegas startup community.

Plus, you can be sure that many startup companies in the valley will ask Rumgr what made Vegas unique for startups. What better for the Las Vegas startup community than to have Las Vegas startup community evangelists in the valley telling people about what’s happening here.

Not to mention, we shouldn’t be surprised if and when some of the Rumgr employees finish their earn outs and move back to Vegas. This is certainly not what the acquiring company wants to hear, but it’s natural for a startup company’s employees to do the earn out and then start something new. No doubt Rumgr employees will consider doing it again in Vegas. In fact, they’ll likely bring their new friends and colleagues from the Valley with them.

This is a great win for the Vegas Tech community in the long term. In the short term, yeah we’re going to miss having the Rumgr Founders and employees around the community. However, our short term loss is going to be a long term gain for the community. Congrats to Dylan, Alex and the whole Rumgr team!

October 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.

Bloomberg TV Covers Vegas Tech Community and Downtown Project

It’s always great when something like Bloomberg TV is covering what’s happening with startup companies in Las Vegas and more specifically Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project. This won’t be much new information for those of us taking part in it, but the more exposure for what we’re doing the better. The video also includes some footage from the Vegas Jelly and a cameo by Rumgr. Check out the video embed below:

Also, Happy Thanksgiving to the Las Vegas Startup community.

November 21, 2012 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.

“Downtown Vegas” Music Video by Mike Cao Highlights Many Vegas Startup Companies

The Downtown Project is holding a Downtown Project Arts Contest. As part of that contest, Mike Cao submitted the following video which highlight a large number of Downtown Las Vegas startup companies. Check out the video below (and lyrics below that):

Warning: This video contains a bunch of adult language.

[LYRICS]
“Downtown Vegas” by The Beat Bumz

Verse 1:
It’s Downtown, we runnin’ shit, all a’ y’all just runnin’ lips
Creepin’ on ah come up tip, Vegas yeah we in this bitch!
Tweet to your followers, remember like a flashback
#VegasTech, don’t forget to spell it with a hashtag

Cali got a tech scene, so does Austin, TX
All my Downtown people screamin’ Vegas we got next bitch
Tell them other cities we the best one
Gettin’ money out the ass, Vegas Tech Fund

Yeah…Gotta shop for the summer
Buy some new shit, sell my old shit on Rumgr
Talkin’ ’bout now what would Tony Hsieh do?
Go and grab some drinks with my boys from Ayloo

Over at the Beat, sippin’ on a PBR
Or catch us down the street, chillin’ out at DCR
Tell me is you drunk yet? Keep on drinkin’ til we are
Hit up Grant and Goldie, tell ’em meet us at the Lady Silvia

Then sober up at Pop-Up
Pizza at the Plaza, Can’t nobody stop us
We zoom-zoom like a Mazda, homie I’m a monster
Somebody should’ve told ya, but everybody know

Hook:
(I’m down with) Downtown Vegas
(We gon’ set it off right, we gon’ bet it all like, we gon’ let it ride)
(I’m down with) Downtown Vegas
(Now we in the spotlight, we ain’t gonna stop like, we gon’ stay up all night)

Verse 2:
I call up the homie ZDogg like what’s happnin’
Is you workin’ medical or is you busy rappin’?
Man I’m comin over, yeah I’ll see you at the Ogden
I drove around for 30 minutes tryna find some parkin’

First Friday, Arts District
Arts Factory, Bar + Bistro, Artifice yeah
Drinks at the Griffin, dinner at Le Thai
Fashion show at Get Back Alley, damn I’m getting high

Grouchy John’s and Slidin’ Thru, order it with Counterless
Skip the lines at Vegas StrEATS, that’s deliverin’ happiness
Shout out to the lawyers, they keep me out of trouble dude
Shouts out to Paul Carr, NSFW

We showed some love on Reverse Picket day
We sellin’ out our shows, Ticket Cake
We co-working out of shipping containers
But we thinking out the box man, it couldn’t contain us

We’re Downtown Vegas, energy contagious
Welcome to the neighborhood, get to know the neighbors
Wait a minute, hold up, if you didn’t know then
Somebody should’ve told ya that everybody here is

Hook

August 16, 2012 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.

ScripSmart, Ayloo, Rumgr, and #VegasTech on Fox 5 Las Vegas

Fox Channel 5 in Las Vegas just did a report on a number of Las Vegas startup companies along with Usr Lib and the Downtown project. The report includes Vegas Startup founders Judd Lillestrand, CEO of ScripSmart, Mark Johnson, Chief Brand Officer of Ayloo, and Dylan Bathurst, CEO of Rumgr. Zach Ware also talked about the Downtown project.

It’s always great to see the local TV stations and other local press covering what’s happening with Las Vegas startup companies and the broader Vegas Tech community. I have a feeling Matt DeLucia and Fox are going to be filing a lot more stories about Las Vegas startup companies.

Here’s the video of the coverage in case you missed it:

April 10, 2012 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.

Rumgr Raises $500k from Tony Hsieh, Arun Rajan, Fred Mossler and Andrew Donner and Launches Officially

It’s been a big couple days for the team behind Rumgr: Dylan Bathurst, Ray Morgan and Alex Coleman. They officially launched Rumgr and they announced their first round of funding as well. This is the first Startup Weekend Las Vegas company to get funding. I still remember when I heard Dylan first pitch the idea. It’s come a long way since then.

As part of their official launch they’ve added some great new features like splitting comments and offers into two distinct actions. This might seem like a subtle change, but it’s a really smart move for Rumgr since it also sets the stage for them to build in a number of other features around paying for an item based on the offer that’s accepted.

I also love a number of the website features that have been added to Rumgr.com as they seem to have embraced what Mark Suster has recently called a Web Second, Mobile First strategy. As I think back on my chats with Dylan and Ray I think they’ll continue this thoughtful approach on what to add to the app and what to add to the website that will make Rumgr work better on both platforms.

According to Techcrunch, Rumgr raised $500k from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Zappos CTO Arun Rajan, Fred Mossler, and Andrew Donner, CEO and owner of Resort Gaming Group.

Congrats to Dylan, Ray and Alex on their official launch and funding. All of Vegas Tech is looking forward to where they take the app from here.

February 1, 2012 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.

Great Video of Las Vegas Tech Library /usr/lib

Sara in the City visited Downtown Fremont recently and put together a nice video looking at the Las Vegas co-working space, /usr/lib/ or Tech Library if you prefer, and even talked with a few of the Las Vegas startup companies that spend time working in the /usr/lib.

I love hanging out at the Las Vegas Tech Library. It’s a cool place to hang out and work. I’ve also used it a number of times when I wanted to do a business meeting with someone downtown. It’s a really great addition to Las Vegas.

December 29, 2011 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.

“Silicon Strip” – Las Vegas Startups – Covered in Forbes

In an article that came out today on Forbes, they highlight the various areas of the country where a “Silicon Valley” like environment is taking shape. As they say, ““Silicon” is no longer literal, but a metonym for the entrepreneurial spirit that’s fueled the region’s growth for decades.”

Here’s their section on Las Vegas startup companies and entrepreneurial spirit:

Silicon Strip (Las Vegas)
Shoe retailer Zappos has been based in the Las Vegas suburbs for nearly a decade, but it’s finally getting some company, thanks in part to CEO Tony Hsieh. His Downtown Project is making plans to turn Las Vegas into a meta-incubator of innovation and ideas: With $350 million committed to seed businesses and build infrastructure, it’s almost as though the city itself is a start-up. “In the last six weeks, at least four tech start-ups moved here from other states,” Hsieh explains excitedly. “We’re building this community from scratch—it’s Sin City to Sim City.”

This entrepreneurial renaissance is also evocative of a co-working space, where like-minded organizations come together to build a community. But what unites the diverse ventures—from robot maker Romotive to local marketplace Rumgr—isn’t their industry, it’s their founders’ desire to be part of the reinvention of a city.

Forbes is definitely right about Las Vegas building a real community of tech startup companies. It’s been amazing to watch the community finally come together. My only complaint with their description of the Silicon Strip is that they’re missing a lot of the other things that are happening in Las Vegas. Certainly Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project has been extremely visible and is a fantastic part of what’s happening. However, it is only one part of the amazing things that are happening in the Las Vegas startup world. I hope that Forbes will dig a little deeper to see a lot of the other things that are happening in the Vegas Startup world as well. A few announcements that I know of in the January-March time frame are going to be huge.

The best part of it all…we’re only at the beginning! The description is right that the Las Vegas Startup scene is like a startup and we’re starting to see lots of awesome iterations happening.

December 19, 2011 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.

Another Las Vegas Startup Company Covered on CBS News – Rumgr

I was excited a couple nights ago (sorry for the late posting) to see some Vegas Tech startup people on the CBS evening news. That’s right, Rumgr was profiled on the news as an alternative to the regular garage sale. In case you missed it, here’s the video from the coverage:

Congrats to Rumgr on some more media coverage. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of it in the future.

October 11, 2011 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.

Digital Startup Company Presentations at Digital World Expo in Las Vegas

In case you missed the Digital World Expo in Las Vegas, you really missed out. It was a great event with some really interesting and amazing people from the world of digital marketing, search engine optimization, social media marketing, etc. As is usually the case, the people I met were probably the most interesting part for me. However, I also loved that so many cool Vegas Tech startup companies were on stage to present their company as well.

Below you’ll find the list of startup companies that presented at Digital World Expo in Las Vegas. Not all of them are from Las Vegas, but almost all of them.

TripDibs

Have you ever tried to find a good hotel deal just a few days before you HAD to travel.​ Some of your attendees might experience this,​ uncertain if they will be able to attend this event.​ We are the answer to the hassle and aggravation associated with trying to find a good hotel deal a few days before travel.

uStarPoker

uStarPoker is a social media and e-learning platform for poker players.​ Patent pending technology built into specialized poker tables automatically records audio and video of all players at the table simultaneously,​ as well as their hole cards,​ and streams the recorded data to a secure website.​ This allows players to log into ustarpoker.​com,​ after they have left the table,​ and watch back all of the action that took place at their table,​ including the other player​s hole cards represented as part of a graphic overlay,​ and each players odds of winning the hand updated in real time (​similar to what you might see in a televised poker tournament).

Proximity Team

Proximity Team allows to interact businesses with customers at the point of consumption when they are most likely to buy.​ We provide a Wi-Fi connection which deploys advanced customer telemetry allowing patrons to be marketed to based upon their proximity to a physical location.​ Making a lasting,​ personalized,​ and direct connection with your customer.​ Creating a richer customer experience with increased sales.​ Our system integrates with 3rd party loyalty systems to correlate buying habits and time spent in an area.

Ayloo

Ayloo Inc was founded because we thought the web needed a pull in the direction of choice,​ accountability and simplicity when it comes to online communication.​ We are also strong believers in form and function working together to create a harmony that everyone can enjoy and use.​ As a social media company,​ we hope to remain connected to our users throughout our journey,​ reforming our vision continually off of user feedback.

Rumgr

Rumgr is a location based mobile application to help you sell your stuff, as selling things online is often a pain.​ Our goal is to provide an application that makes listing,​ buying,​ and selling your stuff as easy as possible.​ We take out a lot of the hassle of listing items.​ With Rumgr,​ you no longer have to worry about titles,​ descriptions,​ taggs,​ or prices.​ Just snap a photo and your item is ready to be sold.

Originate

Originate invests architecture and development teams,​ processes,​ expertise,​ and experience in both internally generated ideas,​ as well as opportunities presented by select partners.​ This model allows its employees to play a hands-on roll in investments,​ such that each receives equity in the projects to that they contribute to.​ This shared risk /​ shared reward structure provides an alignment similar to hiring a full-time in-house engineering team,​ but has the unique advantage of zero to minimal spin-up time.

Insure Monkey

InsureMonkey develops technology for the health insurance industry that automates consumer shopping and enrollment into health plans.​ This technology is in use in more than 40 states and is provided to major health insurers,​ brokers,​ state governments and direct to consumers through the website,​ insuremonkey.​com.

Coupons for Humanity

Coupons for Humanity facilitates printable coupons for local cities daily deals that will be discounted 50%​ or more from the retail price. A percentage of the profits are then donated to each cities local charities.

VoteGiant

VoteGiant provides an outlet where any topic or idea can be voted on by a simple yay or nay.

MeFundee

MeFundee creates a platform to ease much of the financial and emotional burden currently associated with running a fundraising campaign or non-profit event.​ The charity/​event host can very quickly create a free website to advertise their event and choose sponsors for their event.​ Participants can enroll in an event without getting hit with a registration fee common at many sites (​e.​g.,​ Active.​com,​ Ticketmaster),​ and sponsors get what they want:​ New customers,​ and a way to measure whether they’​re profitable,​ for less than what they currently pay for unmeasured sponsorship.

BloomWorlds

BloomWorlds,​ is developing Android’​s family friendly app store,​ in order to help Android parents discover safe,​ secure,​ and appropriate apps by utilizing our hands on approach to curation.

VideoReceptionist

The Video Receptionist solves the problem of an empty lobby by introducing an interactive touchscreen device that visitors can use to easily connect and communicate with employees.​ The simple interface provides a “​one click to connect” design that connects the visitor with employee via 2-way video,​ 1-way video or phone only communications.

Stikki

Stikki.me is a web and mobile app which allows you to publish virtual notes (or “stikkis”) attached to any real-world location on Earth. Write a restaurant review, let people know about a cool local landmark, create your own virtual walking tour of a city, post pictures of your vacation in the places you actually took them…the possibilities are endless. Stikkis can be shared publicly or kept private, and you can even set alerts to remind you when you’re near any stikki.

Wedgies

Wedgi.​es is a way to make a very simple one survey/​poll that can be texted,​ tweeted,​ facebooked,​ emailed etc.​ It works anywhere there is text and the ability to click on a link.​ You vote with the link instead of having to click a link to go to the actual survey.

9seeds

9seeds is focused on providing small to mid-sized companies with WordPress design and development solutions. With a “No project is too big or too small” attitude, we’re happiest eliminating roadblocks for clients.

Influential Networks

Influential Networks is a network of influencers for specific niches.​ Initially we’​re launching the network in the Healthcare IT and Electronic Medical Record (​EMR)​ space and then plan to expand to other niches.

Dropbear

Dropbear is a full service startup development warehouse and incubator environment.​ We are a team of internet entrepreneurs,​ developers,​ designers and search marketing professionals that have the skill set to take an idea from paper and produce results thus turning an idea to reality.​ Dropbear is a technical hub built on transparency,​ honesty and trust;​ not only do we continually develop our own products we can also work with you to realize success for your business or startup.

Blvd Media Group

Blvd Media Group is an online advertising network that develops enterprise technologies to promote incentive-based advertisements across niche verticals.​ The company develops relationships with direct advertisers and advertising aggregators to create a network of offers available to publisher websites.

Ticketometer

Ticketometer’​s focus is to take the estimation out of the event and concert booking equation.​ We aspire to advance the current online marketing trend by creating a fan driven platform of ticket sales.​ Ticketometer makes its revenues as a ticket vendor.​ Our service tends to be comparatively cheaper than our competition while providing a “​contractless”​ environment for event and concert organizers to test new ideas,​ cities and much more.

Tracky

Organize your internet. Emails, projects, tasks, presentations, whitepapers, documents, social networks and more – we help you manage all of your professional projects and social assets. With Tracky, the line between project management and social interaction is seamless. Tasks, files and contacts are private when you want privacy and public when you want publicity. It’s time for less work and more play. Professional projects. Social circles. Personal to-dos. Manage them all in one hub with Tracky.

September 28, 2011 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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