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Vegas Startup Company LaunchKey Is Acquired by iovation

Many in the community likely know the company LaunchKey. It was originally created at one of the early Las Vegas Startup Weekend events. From there the company was formed and they’ve been one of the hottest startups in the identity and access management (IAM) space ever since. I’ll never forget their “Kill Passwords” sign at SXSW that caught so many people’s attention since password proliferation is a pain for so many of us.

It was recently announced that LaunchKey was acquired by iovation. Here’s a video they put out describing the acquisition.

Congratulations to our friends at LaunchKey. It’s great to see another Vegas Tech startup success.

September 13, 2016 I Written By

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope to see many of you there!

November 10, 2015 I Written By

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

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.

Take Part in Startup Weekend Vegas 2014

The following is a guest blog post by Claudia Perez, Organizer of Startup Weekend Las Vegas.

Startup Weekend Vegas 2014 (Nov. 21-23) at the Innevation Center is just three weeks away and it’s time you jumped in. Startup Weekend (SW) is a rare opportunity to try your hand at launching a startup in a supportive environment with other “hustlers, hackers, and hipsters”. If you’re thinking about registering, here are the top 5 reasons why you should be there:
 

1. Expand Your Network
Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and marketers will be there and you’ll want to connect with them. Local tech and startup leaders will be at Startup Weekend as mentors and judges.  Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in Las Vegas.  Just look at our judging panel, it’s made up of four investors and two successful entrepreneurs. Plus, Startup Weekend is a great way to show off your skills and meet awesome talent in the community.

2. Re-Energize
Free your mind off the daily routine and feel inspired by working on a fast paced project or idea for the weekend. At Startup Weekend attendees are excited to participate, work, and to help others create something great.

3. Work Outside of Your Comfort
“If you’re curious to test the waters as a front-end or backend developer for apps or websites, or if you have a skill for sales communication that you’d like to sharpen, this is the perfect opportunity to dabble. Startup Weekend is a learning environment and there are always people of different skill levels in attendance. Those attending with more experience are happy to teach others and give advice.” -Jaclyn Hudak, Ready Maker Design @JaclynHudak

4. Challenge Yourself
Are you an expert in website design and want to learn app development? Is there an area of design that you wish you had more experience in? Whether it’s creating apps, websites, logos, or marketing, you can join a team who needs you to create something quickly; a great way to challenge yourself and build new skills without the pressure to be absolutely perfect.

5. Build A Business
“The bottom line is that Startup Weekend is the best place to launch a startup. If you’ve had an idea in your head but haven’t done anything about it, there’s no better event to get started. You’ll be surrounded by really smart and driven people who want to work together on building something from the ground up. Maybe you’ll work on your idea, or maybe someone else’s idea will pique your interest. Startup Weekend is the place to validate a business idea, build a product and launch a startup in just 54 hours.” – Mike Chan, Co-founder of Ribl @mikewchan

Buy your tickets now here: http://lasvegas.startupweekend.org

November 3, 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, SXSW V2V and Other Vegas Startup Events

We’ve got a whole slew of great Vegas Tech startup events happening in the beginning of August. I know it’s hard for many people to keep up with all of the various Vegas Tech events that are happening. It’s a really dynamic time to be part of the community. Plus, many of the events get announced just a few days before the event. With that said, I wanted to point out a couple of the exciting events coming up. Events like these is what makes the Vegas Tech startup community so great.

A few of the events (in order of occurrence):
Downtown Speaker Series – There are two great speakers lined up for Friday and Saturday this week. On Friday they have the legendary magician David Copperfield speaking. On Saturday they have Jane Poynter speaking. While the name might be as familiar, I expect she’ll be possibly even more interesting than David Copperfield since she lived a magical 2 years in the biosphere 2 and is working on space technology and tourism in Downtown Las Vegas along with Inspiration Mars. I’m so mad I’m out of town for these.

Vegas Tech Week – The website for this is still not updated, but it happens the second week of every month. So, for August this will be 8/7-8/10. They do have the registration for the Thursday speakers up. I love the lineup. I’m really looking forward to Chris Kelly, Former Chief Privacy Officer of Faceook, Frank Addante, Founder of the Rubicon Project, Andrew Hyde, Founder of Startup Weekend (and a startup junkie), and Leigh Ferreira, Formerly of TED and Now at IAB. I love the mix of areas and the quality of the people. Should be a great event.

Startup Weekend Las Vegas – This is a special Startup Weekend since it’s paired with SXSW V2V. In fact, three members of the winning team will represent their group at V2V. The event is from August 9th to August 11th. Plus, those participating will get a chance to meet and pitch to Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and now an investor. Kate Rutter, co-founder of Luxr will also be their speaking to those that participate. Plus, they’ll have a stable of other coaches and mentors there to help you through the weekend. You can find more details on Startup Weekend Las Vegas and register for the event. If you’ve never been before, this seems like a good time to try it out. If you can’t go the whole weekend, it’s fun to also go and observe the pitches and presentations.

SXSW V2V – For those not familiar with this event, it’s SXSW Interactive’s first foray into hosting an event outside of Austin. You can read a lot more on the SXSW V2V website. There are quite a few Vegas Tech speakers at the event including Vegas Startups very own Rick Duggan with his 12 year old son Ethan Duggan. Plus, there are some really awesome evening events planned as well. You’ll see that many of those events are happening downtown so people attending the conference can get a feel for another side of Las Vegas. Hopefully they’ll get a chance to meet many of us local vegas entrepreneurs at the event as well.

I could dedicate a whole post to each of these events and no doubt there are other events I haven’t listed, but time is short. How cool that you can have David Copperfield, Chris Kelly, Steve Case and Ethan Duggan all hanging out in the Vegas Startup community? What an amazing community!

July 30, 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.

Last Chance to Sign Up for Startup Weekend Las Vegas

I wrote previously about Startup Weekend Las Vegas. It’s one of the great Las Vegas startup events and I encourage everyone to attend either as a full participant or even just to the pitch and presentation observation pass. If you’re not familiar with it, check my previous post or the Startup Weekend website.

I’m told the registrations are looking good to make for a great event, so you’ll want to be part of it.

To help out a reader of Vegas Startups, we’ve secured a free pass to attend the event. That’s right, FREE! All you have to do to enter to win the pass is to leave a comment on this post. I’ll be choosing the winner on Monday evening, so enter now.

Let me know if you have any questions about Startup Weekend. I’m happy to help those who’ve never participated in one know how it works and why they should participate.

April 27, 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.

Startup Weekend Las Vegas Returns on May 3rd

I’ll always consider the first Startup Weekend Las Vegas as the kickoff of what we now call #Vegastech. I don’t think anyone knew the growth the Las Vegas tech community would experience after the event. So, I’m really excited that Startup Weekend Las Vegas is still going strong. The reins of Startup Weekend have been passed over to Michele Rose and they’re working to put on a great Startup Weekend Las Vegas on May 3rd. Early Registration ends April 3rd at 5:30 so Register Now for early bird rates.

For those not familiar with Startup Weekend Las Vegas, you can find more details on the Startup Weekend Las Vegas website. For the cliff notes version, it’s 2.5 days (and nights) of creating a business with other members of the Las Vegas startup community. Bring your own idea or just work on someone else’s idea. Either way, you’ll learn a lot about creating a Minimum Viable Product (since you don’t have time for more) and most importantly connect with a lot of amazing Vegas Entrepreneurs.

Switch and the InNEVation center are back as sponsors of the event along with providing what’s likely the best bandwidth of any Startup Weekend in the World. A little bird also told me that Joyent will be offering a prize and Aron Ezra from Bally Technologies will be a judge. Plus, Vegas Startups very own Rick Duggan and his 12 year old son Ethan will be participating as well.

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber is also holding a pre-Startup Weekend event called Start You Up Bootcamp which will be held at Work In Progress on Saturday April 20th from 1-5 PM. That event is being led by Janice Fraser, Founder of LUXr. Attending the event will help you get prepared for Startup Weekend or to start building a startup on your own.

I love all the startup activity that’s happening in Las Vegas and Startup Weekend is a really great event to continue building a strong startup community.

April 2, 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.

Kevin Rose Catches Vision of Startups in Las Vegas

What many people don’t realize is that Kevin Rose, Venture Partner at Google, has a lot of ties to Las Vegas. He went to UNLV and his parents still live here. In fact, Kevin was nice enough to come and be a judge at the first Startup Weekend Las Vegas (which I consider to be the kickoff event for what we now call Vegas Tech). I remember talking to him at the first Startup Weekend and you could tell he was quite skeptical (rightly so) about the potential of tech startup companies in Las Vegas.

With that as background, I was really excited to see Kevin starting to change his perspective on what’a happening with tech startup companies in Las Vegas. I think it was best highlighted by Kevin’s comments during a Foundation 25 interview he did with Tony Hsieh. He talks about his experience watching the growth of Vegas Tech startup companies. In case you missed it, here’s the video starting where he talks about his experience:

Kevin isn’t ready to move to Las Vegas yet, but it’s great to see that he can see the difference in the Vegas Tech community. It’s great to have people like him recognizing what’s happening in Las Vegas.

At that first Startup Weekend Las Vegas, I remember Kevin telling me that a large number of successful startup founders have houses in Las Vegas already for the tax benefits. So, we do have a unique opportunity that many other startup cities don’t have.

January 3, 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.

CES and Related Events

As I mentioned in my previous CES Las Vegas post, there is going to be a lot of great stuff happening in Las Vegas over the next couple of weeks. Las Vegas startup companies are going to get a lot of exposure, meet a lot of amazing people, and have the opportunity to build a lot of amazing partnerships. The largest event coming to Las Vegas is CES, but sandwiched on both sides of CES is the New Media Expo and the Affiliate Summit West. Both bring a lot of amazing people to Las Vegas.

Hopefully everyone in Las Vegas that works in consumer electronics (which is most Vegas Tech Startup companies) got your free pass to attend CES. I know I got a last minute free pass last year by just searching around. So, that still might be a possibility if you really want to go and can’t spring for a pass to attend. Although, there are so many other CES related events happening during CES that you can profit from those as well. Here are just a few of the ones I’ve found:

Startup Weekend Las Vegas – If you haven’t been to a Startup Weekend, you need to go and check it out. This should be a good one tied in right before CES.

AT&T Developer Summit and Hackathon – If you are a mobile developer or have an idea for a killer mobile app, you might want to look at hitting up the AT&T Hackathon. It’s too bad that this overlaps with Startup Weekend Las Vegas since they are both great events that would have similar audiences.

LaunchUp Las Vegas – This is the 8th edition of LaunchUp and has the amazing keynote speaker, Brad Feld. Brad is a venture capitalist and writes a blog that you should be reading. He also just published the book Startup Communities which is a great read for those of us interested in growing the Vegas Startup community.

Demo Vegas – This is a really great effort by a large number of people in the Vegas Tech startup community to showcase Las Vegas Startup companies during CES. They’ll be busing people from CES and the New Media Expo to see 20 Vegas Tech startup companies. Plus, I’ve seen on Twitter that the famous blogger Robert Scoble will be there a long with a number of Twitter executives. Add that to Switch’s new InNEVation Center and the CES media will have a lot of great content about Vegas Startup companies at their fingertips.

Girls In Tech Las Vegas Mixer – I stopped by the last Girls in Tech Las Vegas event and had a great time meeting some amazing women. I’m really glad they’re doing an event during CES and looking at the RSVP’s it looks like it will be a great event.

Vegas Jelly – Everyone in Las Vegas should know about the Vegas Jelly that happens every Thursday night at The Beat Coffee House (and upstairs at /usr/lib/) in downtown Las Vegas. I expect the next two Vegas Jelly are going to be packed full of interesting visitors to Las Vegas.

Those are just a few to get you started. If you know of other events happening over the next couple weeks that people should know about, let us know in the comments.

Think of all the tech industry leaders that are going to be in Las Vegas the next couple weeks. Let’s make the most of it and help them to learn about the growing Vegas Tech community.

January 2, 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.

Pitch Your Startup for a Chance at $500k from the Vegas Tech Fund

Many of you who attended Startup Weekend and the Vegas Jelly have likely already heard about this, but I wanted to make sure that all the Las Vegas startup companies that were interested heard about this opportunity.

Here’s what’s happening if you’re a startup company interested in a chance at $500k in investment:

  • Create a Company Profile on CrowdFunder: win community votes and Supporters
  • Contest Judges pick 10 startups to pitch at live event to the Vegas Tech Fund
  • Winner meets with the Vegas Tech Fund partners for up to $500,000 in funding*

See all the details on the CrowdStart LV Startup Competition page. One caveat worth mentioning is that in order to get the funding, you’ll have to relocate to Las Vegas to be part of the Vegas community. Of course, if you know anything about the Vegas Tech Fund, then you’ll understand why this is a requirement.

Best of luck to those startup companies that plan to participate.

August 14, 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.

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