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Uber Starts Service in Las Vegas

Update: ABC News is reporting that a court has ordered Uber to stop offering rides. No doubt this is the start of a long fight between Uber and the Taxi Authority.

Back in April 2012, we were asked by Uber to post a few Uber Las Vegas job positions for them. It’s taken about 2.5 years for Uber to finally make the plunge and announce their Uber Las Vegas service which starts today. I believe this is great news for Las Vegas even if the Taxi Authority feels otherwise.

I think this quote from an RJ article describes well the demand for Uber in Las Vegas:

Justin Kintz, Uber’s head of public policy, said in the past 45 days, 50,000 people have opened the Uber app on their smartphones in Southern Nevada, an indication, he said, that the market is prime for the company that refers to itself as a technology company and not a transportation operation.

If I understand this correctly, in 45 days the Uber app was opened by 50,000 people who then had to find a different mode of transportation. That’s pretty amazing, but not really surprising. Uber is in over 200 cities and many of those users are coming to Las Vegas for conferences and want to have a similar Uber experience to what they have at home. No wonder the Taxi companies are so worried.

One thing is a little unfortunate. As part of the Uber Las Vegas roll out, Uber drivers will not be able to pick up customers on the Las Vegas strip hotels or at McCarran International Airport but will be able to drop off passengers at those locations. Uber is still trying to work out the logistics of pickup at these locations. I’ll be interested to see how this evolves.

I’m also interested to see Uber users react to surge pricing during major conferences like CES. Can you imagine how much you’ll have to pay for an Uber during CES which is chock full of Uber users? Although, we’ll see how much Uber can do during an event like CES. I’m pretty sure CES isn’t going to create a special Uber pickup and drop off line and traffic during CES is insane.

I’m excited to have Uber in Las Vegas. I know many in the Las Vegas tech startup community and those visiting us will love having the service available. Plus, Uber says that their rates are generally 10 percent to 20 percent below taxi rates.

If you’ve never tried Uber (in Las Vegas or another city), you can sign up and get your first ride free(up to $30).

October 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.

More Vegas Tech Jobs

In my previous post about Vegas Tech jobs, I asked if there were other Vegas Tech companies that were looking to hire people. Turns out there are quite a few jobs out there for those looking for work in Vegas Tech. Plus, there are a few Vegas Tech job boards in the works. Until those job boards launch, here are the jobs I was told about in response to my previous post.

RollTechBowling.com
Roll Tech Bowling sent me the following job description. I believe this is the first time it’s been posted online, because they really want to get someone from the Vegas Tech Community. Here’s the short job description:

.Net or Grails Developer
RollTech Bowling is a seed funded Vegas Tech startup company that plans to take bowling to a really special place. We’re going to capitalize on people’s loves of bowling, statistics and competition and make it as addicting as Angry Birds. We’ve already got a really strong team in place to make this happen, but we’re missing a killer (preferably LOCAL) programmer who knows .Net or Grails and is great at working their way through an API.

This is currently a part time position to build out our prototype and we have flexible compensation options that could potentially include equity. Offices will be based in downtown Las Vegas beginning 4/25. Once we launch our beta we’ll be pursuing a Series A round of funding and would be able to consider a full time founding level position in the company.

Email Rich Belsky rich@rolltechbowling.com if you’re interested in working for an exciting startup company that plans to be an integral part of Vegas Tech.

Uber
If you’ve never heard of Uber, you should check them out. While the company wasn’t started in Las Vegas, I’m really happy that they’re bringing their “Private Driver” service to Las Vegas. I was in Boston when they launched Boston by giving free rides to all the Tech Prom attendees (which is a pretty crazy event). I hope they do something similarly cool in Las Vegas. Plus, I’m glad to see that they’re looking to hire a number of positions in Las Vegas as well. Here are the Las Vegas jobs they have listed:
1) General Manager – Las Vegas
2) Community Manager – Las Vegas
3) Driver Ops/Logistics – Las Vegas
You can find more details on these jobs at the Uber Jobs page.

Love Clients
Love Clients is hiring 3 Search Marketing Executive positions. Looks like a really interesting company with passion for search engine marketing, so if you have that same passion check them out.

April 6, 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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