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Vegas Tech Startups and CES

Today I saw a special invite for Vegas Tech companies to attend the World Trade Center Breakfast at CES and I was reminded of what a great asset Las Vegas has: amazing conferences. CES is one of the most amazing conferences anywhere. If you want to know anyone in the consumer electronics space they are there.

As such, I’m interested to hear how other Vegas Tech companies are planning to work the CES conference. I’ve been lucky enough to swing a press pass to the event, but almost all of the Vegas Tech companies that I know should have been able to get free passes to the event since you work in the consumer electronics industry. If you don’t have a pass already, you can do like I did last year and tweet your need for a pass. If you’re in the industry there’s usually a way to get into the show.

If you’ve never been, trust me. CES is off the charts big and worth checking out if you’ve never gone.

One thing I really love about CES is that they’ve started creating basically sub conferences as part of the overall conference. For example, I’ll be attending the Digital Health Summit while at CES since I do a lot of work in the healthcare field for my company Healthcare Scene. They even have a whole section devoted to Health Care technology.

CES has plenty of other niches. In fact, I think they have something that will pretty much be interesting to anyone in the Vegas Tech community.

I’d love to hear who else is planning to go to CES. What secrets can you share about CES? How do you plan to make the most of the event in our backyard? If any Vegas Tech companies are exhibiting, let us know as well so we can stop by and say hi (assuming we can find you).

December 16, 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.

Launch of VegasTech.com – Add Las Vegas Companies and Entreprenuers

When we first started Vegas Startups, we decided that it might be cool to put together a list of all the various Las Vegas startup companies that we found along the way. We went really high tech and put together this bullet list of Las Vegas Startup companies. We knew it was just a start, but was good enough considering Rick and I only knew of about 20 tech companies in Las Vegas at the time.

Fast forward about 6 months later and it’s fair to say that the Vegas Tech community and the number of Las Vegas startup companies we know is completely different from what we knew about then. It seems like pretty much every day there’s some new piece of news happening in Vegas Tech. I’ve actually captured a lot of the coverage and plan to link to all the various pieces that apply to Las Vegas startups over the next couple weeks.

While Rick and I plan to continue writing about startup companies in Las Vegas on this site, we’re excited to let everyone know about the recently launched VegasTech.com.

Everyone that has a Startup Company in and around Las Vegas should go and add your company. Plus, there’s even a place for Las Vegas tech people and entrepreneurs to add their name and profile to the list of people that are part of Vegas Tech. You can find Rick’s profile here and mine here (yes, I need a different picture).

Over time I think we’ll probably change our list of Vegas Startup companies to somehow incorporate the company profiles on VegasTech.com. No sense in us duplicating the work that’s being done there. So, go and add your company on VegasTech.com so we can change our list of Las Vegas startup companies to just link to your VegasTech.com company profile.

Look for more exciting stuff happening in Vegas Tech!

December 14, 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.

Las Vegas Tech Company HealthDataInsights Sells for $400 Million

Great news coming out today that a Las Vegas company, HealthDataInsights, sold for $400 million to HMS Holdings. Founded by Victor Chaltiel (yep, they guy who recently ran for Mayor of Las Vegas) with Andrea Benko as Co-Founder, President and CEO.

This is a great example of how a tech company can do very well in Las Vegas. How many people outside of Las Vegas would have bet that a Las Vegas tech company could sell for $400 million? I think using the baseball analogy, we’ll call that a triple (Zappos was a homerun if you’re keeping score). Not a bad next step for the burgeoning tech startup community in Las Vegas.

Mark Suster has a great post up where he talks about GRP Partner’s investment and 30% ownership in HealthDataInsights. It makes a lot of sense for a VC firm like GRP Partners to invest in Las Vegas. LA is a short 5 hour drive up the I-15 to get to Las Vegas. Plus, between vacation and conferences, they’re going to be in Las Vegas anyway. I look forward to seeing Mark Suster and GRP Partners doing a lot more investing in Las Vegas Tech Startup companies.

Also, as Mark Suster mentions in his post, HDI was a woman run company since the Founder and CEO is Andrea Benko. I’m sure many in #VegasTech would love to have more women like Andrea Benko more involved. A good place to start would be at next week’s Startup Weekend Las Vegas or another Vegas Tech Event.

November 8, 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.

Boulder Events vs Las Vegas Events and “Give Before You Get”

My apologies for the lack of recent updates about the Las Vegas Tech Startup happenings. A lot has been happening, but I’ve been traveling far too much with my own startup. I’ll work on catching up on the various happenings and some other hopefully stimulating thoughts.

Today’s post was inspired by this post on Brad Feld’s blog about getting plugged into the Boulder Entrepreneur community. Here’s the paragraph that stood out to me:

One of the awesome things about the Boulder entrepreneurial community is that it operates on a “give before you get” approach – it’s super easy to engage as the existing entrepreneurs are happy to give help and support with no specific expectations. But you have to “give” to become involved – don’t just show up once and hope magic will happen. Keep coming back. Volunteer to help out, with no expectations of compensation. Build a reputation for what you can do. Then magic will happen.

This sounds a lot like the Las Vegas startup community as well. You can’t show up once and expect the magic to happen. Relationships take time and showing up to a bunch of different events you’ll get to know people and people in Vegas Tech are happy to help you out.

Brad suggested some events in Boulder where an entrepreneur could get to know the community. We have the same in Las Vegas. You can find them listed at the Las Vegas Tech Events website.

My list for a new Vegas Startup company or entrepreneur would be:

There are other events, but that should get you started. I’m looking forward to seeing what other events entrepreneurs in Las Vegas put together. I like the idea of a Las Vegas Open Coffee Club. Although, I guess that’s kind of what we’ve created with The Beat. Hang out at The Beat and you’re bound to find another Las Vegas startup working away.

November 4, 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.

First Vegas Tech Company Hits the Deadpool: BloomWorlds

Ok, so the title is no doubt a bit misleading. Certainly there have been many many Tech companies in Las Vegas that have hit the deadpool before. However, this is the first one since Las Vegas Startups began to close its doors. I’m sorry to see BloomWorlds go.

Todd and Darrell wrote a heartfelt and thoughtful post mortem on what went wrong with their startup. If you’re doing a startup in Las Vegas, I recommend you go and read the entire post. They do a great job teaching a lot of important lessons they learned often from the mistakes they made. I guess it’s true that hindsight is 20/20.

For those too lazy to go read the whole thing, this part was what hit me the most:

We needed to build our MVP and launch that shit! No matter how ugly it was, how buggy it seemed, it never launched! We rewrote code, rewrote web copy, and re designed the site….twice. What a waste of time and resources, this is a huge lesson learned and perhaps our biggest mistake.

A part of me wishes that I’d pushed Todd harder to launch his stuff. I think there are a few other Vegas Tech companies I’m going to have to apply this too as well. Thanks Todd and Darrell for being willing to open up and share your experience so we can learn from it.

Of course, the end of BloomWorlds is just the end of the company and not the end of the entrepreneurs. This story still isn’t finished. Here’s the last paragraph from the post-mortem:

We may be down, but not out. This is a list of things to do differently for our next venture which is already being in alpha tested. We’ve got one big fail out of the way. We are entrepreneurs, we are creators, and we are passionate. And we’ve learned. Stick with us. It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning. We want to make you all proud!

Now I just need to get me an alpha invite to their new project. Oh how I love the spirit of the entrepreneur.

October 12, 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.

Great LaunchUp Las Vegas Video

I previously posted one of the LaunchUp Las Vegas presentations, but today Mark posted a video from LaunchUp Las Vegas on Ayloo. Check out the video from LaunchUp Las Vegas:

September 25, 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.

Building a Community Presentation at LaunchUp Las Vegas

For those of you that couldn’t make it to the first LaunchUp Las Vegas event, you missed out. I think they had a video camera on, so hopefully they’ll get those videos online at some point. Until then, David Gosse sent over his and Jennifer Gosse’s presentation at LaunchUp Las Vegas about Building the Las Vegas tech startup community. The slides were packed with interesting links so I think you’ll enjoy the overview:

September 23, 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.

Last Day for Tech Nevada Nominations #vegastech

I know I already posted about the Tech Nevada nominations. I just want to make sure that VegasTech is represented in the awards. So, if you haven’t already, go and nominate a Vegas Tech company.

Plus, in my previous post, they just had a PDF that you had to fax in. Now they have a Tech Nevada online form. Let’s make it happen.

Deadline is today for submissions!

September 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.

Submit a Vegas Startup to 2011 Tech Nevada Honors

Note: Most Promising Early Stage Startup has been added as a category. Go #vegastech!

I think all the #vegastech community should come together and nominate a bunch of the Tech Startup companies that are happening in our community. I suggest at tonight’s Vegas Jelly we all work on nominating one company or individual for a Tech Nevada Honors. After seeing some of the companies last night at LaunchUp, there are plenty who could qualify. So, print out a nomination form (PDF) and fill it out.

TechNevada Honors is an annual event to celebrate those individuals and companies that have greatly enhanced the growth and prestige of the technology community in Nevada.

Qualifications for the awards are outlined on the nomination form (PDF). Nominations must be made in the following categories:
CIO/CTO of the Year
Tech Company of the Year
Tech Entrepreneur of the Year
Tech Transplant of the Year
Tech Educator of the Year
Tech Start Up of the Year
Tech Star in the Public Sector
Technology Hall of Fame
Green Company of the Year
Most Promising Early Stage Startup

Tech Nevada Honors is hosted by Technology Business Alliance of Nevada (TBAN). The Awards Banquet will be held on the evening of October 19, 2011, at the Springs Preserve, 333 South Valley View Boulevard – Las Vegas, NV 89107. Limited seating & Sponsorship (PDF) are still available if your company is interested in sponsoring this event.

September 15, 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.

A List of Las Vegas Startup Happenings #VegasTech

Stewart Christensen, the force behind LaunchUp Las Vegas, posted a great summary of things that are happening in the tech and startup world in Las Vegas right now. He gave me permission to publish it on here for others to see all the great Las Vegas startup and tech happenings. If you have clarifications or things missing from the list below, let us know in the comments.

Originate is a tech incubator from LA that is opening an office here. Unlike a standard incubator they provide development talent or manufacturing connections, etc for the startups they bring in… They don’t provide funding.

Linq360: a co-office space in summerlin (kind a of a country club for companies) but if you get in it’s very connected. They are partners with Microsoft, HP, and a bunch of other large companies. They are focused on tech for the hospitality industry.

Linq360 incubator: they are also opening an incubator early next year. The incubator will not be exclusive to hospitality startups.

Zappos is starting an incubator.

I hear that the Vegas Valley Angels are looking for deals again.

Vegas is getting on the radar of people in silicon valley, angel investors, the big law firms that do a lot of startup advising, etc. (thanks in large part to startup weekend)

There are rumblings of some big name people in tech looking to make Vegas their home. Tom Anderson (myspace founder) already lives here (although he is kind of staying out of the tech scene right now). I have heard of others as well…

A co-working space in the works: http://www.vegascollective.com/

citizenspace.us has been talking about a co-working space in Neonopolis. Word on the street is that it will be opening late this month or early in September.

Events:
LaunchUp: http:://www.LaunchUp.org
Startup weekend: http://lasvegas.startupweekend.org/ (the next one will probably be in November)
Ignite Vegas: http://www.ignitevegas.com/
Vegas Jelly (casual co-working): at the Beat coffee house downtown every other Thursday night. The next one is on 8/18 http://wiki.workatjelly.com/w/page/38951064/Las%20Vegas%20Jelly

Resources:
List 1 of Vegas tech companies(some startups, some established): http://www.vegasstartups.com/2011/05/27/state-of-the-las-vegas-startups-union/

List 2 of Vegas tech co: http://www.vegasstartups.com/2011/08/11/state-of-the-las-vegas-startups-union-part-2/

Vegas tech calendar: http://vegastechevents.com/

August 17, 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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