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Great Vegas Tech Events During CES 2017

One of the great advantages of living in Las Vegas is that everyone you could ever want to meet for your business comes to Las Vegas sooner or later. Ok, maybe not everyone, but pretty close. One example of this is the 170,000 people that attend CES each year in Las Vegas. That’s the perfect opportunity for startup companies to meet with people who are in town for the event.

This year is no different and even if you’re not attending the CES conference itself, there are a whole group of events you can attend. Many are hosted by Vegas Tech companies and community organizations. Here’s a look at a few of them you might want to check out:

GO-NV Highway for Innovation – Tuesday Jan 3, 2017 from 2-6 PM at the RedFlint Experience Center

Tech Debut (Formerly Startup Debut) – Tuesday Jan 3, 2017 from 8-11 PM at Mandalay Bay (Press Only, but Tech Companies Can Sponsor if there are still slots available)

Startup Night in Downtown Vegas (Tech.co) – Wednesday Jan 4, 2017 at Gold Spike

CES Smart Cities Happy Hour – Thursday Jan 5, 2017 from 6-10 PM at UNLV Drones and Autonomous Systems Lab

Startup Grind with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel – Saturday Jan 7, 2017 at 6 PM at Private Residence (Henderson)

I’m sure there are plenty more, but those are some of the big ones I know about. We’ll see you all out at various CES events!

January 1, 2017 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.

Interview with IntelliTalent Founder, Jamie Amaral

The following is an interview with the founder of newly launched Vegas Startup company, IntelliTalent, Jamie Amaral.

Tell us more about IntelliTalent.

We are a recruiter-owned company formed as an antidote to the general dissatisfaction of the recruitment industry overall.

Powered by both technology and human researchers, our revolutionary new online recruitment service is a comprehensive candidate sourcing solution – on steroids! It’s incredibly cost-effective and timely, with plans as low as $1589 per vacancy and no additional per-hire fees.

We leverage an expert research team and disciplined sourcing techniques to help our clients identify top talent, providing them with highly accurate active and passive candidate resumes – fast.

Why did you choose Las Vegas as the home of IntelliTalent?

Well, it started because the taxes are less! guess we had a certain degree of subconscious foresight because now that we are involved in the Las Vegas startup community, we couldn’t be happier with our choice.

At what point should someone in the Vegas Tech community consider using IntelliTalent to find employees?

We believe in the startup community – we even offer a startup discount package.

The thing is, the time, resources and expertise required to identify and screen resumes internally is daunting and costly, and the price tag of a traditional recruitment agency simply cannot be justified for 95% of open vacancies.

We created IntelliTalent because we wanted to level the talent acquisition playing field for small and mid size companies. Our service will empower the Vegas Tech community with access to the right talent (which is also today’s greatest corporate resource).

So, to answer your question – if you are tired of paying hefty agency fees, struggling with your in-house recruitment efforts, overwhelmed by all of the work and frustrated by your lack of results…CALL US!

How does the cost of your service compare with other hiring services out there?

Our clients are saving an average of 90% in recruitment agency fees. Although with our service, they do have to do some of the leg work themselves – like scheduling interviews, negotiating with candidates, etc.

In addition, if you add up the job board fees and hours of resume filtering and Boolean searching, we are also less expensive and less time consuming than if you try to fill the role in-house. It’s a no-brainer.

Simply put, IntelliTalent is the Legal Zoom of the recruitment industry. We give you access to top talent without paying top dollar so you can focus on growing your company and on doing your job.

What’s the biggest challenge you face with IntelliTalent?

Our challenge lies in educating companies on what is possible. The recruitment industry is a guild model – our goal is to pull back the curtain and bring the industry up-to-date with a solution that clearly makes more sense. Although our service is more cost effective, less time consuming and gives you enhanced control over your recruitment process, overcoming resistance to change remains our greatest challenge. There is a saying, “No one ever got fired for hiring IBM…”

Tell us more about the IntelliTalent team.

Our team is made up of a passionate group of recruiters, researchers, account managers, technologists and industry partners committed to redefining the recruitment industry by offering the most innovative and effective solution in the marketplace.

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve seen happening in the Vegas Tech community?

It’s all exciting! The movement Tony is facilitating with the Downtown Project is tremendous. There is an undeniable buzz in the air that we hope to contribute to on some level.

What’s your advice for startup entrepreneurs?

Do the thing you cannot not do; follow your next highest excitement; let fun and easy be your guide. And trust that they will not lead you astray!

How can the Vegas Tech community support IntelliTalent?

We feel so loved and supported already. Let us help you!

February 4, 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.

Vegas Tech Cocktail Week

I apologize for being a little late on posting this, but there’s still time to enjoy the bulk of what has been put together for the Tech Cocktail Week in Las Vegas. The great people at Tech Cocktail have brought an amazing lineup of speakers and events to Las Vegasover the next couple days. These events mark a great start to Tech Cocktail in Las Vegas.

Most of the events you can just show up and attend, but you can subscribe to get Tech Cocktail Week updates. You’ll also definitely want to register for the Tech Cocktail Sessions + Startup Showcase & Mixer event on Friday night.

While I’m excited for a large number of speakers, I’m not going to lie that I’m most excited to see my favorite Tech personality, Sarah Austin speak. I’m glad that Sarah is getting a chance to see what’s been started in Vegas Tech. The other keynote speakers are pretty phenomenal as well, Raj Kappor (Snapfish), Tim Draper (DFJ), and Amy Jo Martin (Digital Royalty).

I’ve put the schedule of events below and I hope I get a chance to see many of you there.

Thursday 12/13

9:00am – 2:30pm – Coworking, Office Hours & Mentoring @ usr/lib

3:00pm – 5:30pm – Inspiring Lightning Talks @ Downtown Construction Zone 

We are thrilled to share an afternoon of inspiring talks by some of our esteemed and talented out-of-town guests. Some of our speakers include Natalie Baumgartner, Aziz Gilani, Greg Cangialosi, Michael Tchong, Saul Kaplan and others (look for their bios in the Tech Cocktail Week book which will be distributed in local establishments). The complete schedule of talks is here.  

Friday 12/14 

9:00am – 2:30pm – Coworking, Office Hours & Mentoring @ Downtown Cocktail Room

3:00pm – 5:30 – Inspiring Lightning Talks @ Downtown Construction Zone 

We are thrilled to share another afternoon of inspiring talks by some of our esteemed and talented out-of-town guests. Some of our speakers include Cathy Brooks, Evan Burfield, Sloane Davidson, Apurva Shaw, Elizabeth Stark,  and others. Look for a complete schedule of talks here soon.  

5:30pm – Big Erns BBQ right next door to the Downtown Construction Zone will be open for dinner!

6:00pm – 10pm – Tech Cocktail’s Downtown Vegas Startup Showcase + Sessions

Location: 300 S. 9th St. (at Bridger)

– 6:00pm  Doors Open (Cocktails & Appetizers)

– 6:30pm – 8:00  Welcome, Keynote Speakers:

Raj Kapoor – The Snapfish Story and Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

Amy Jo Martin – Renegades Write the Rules

Tim Draper – The Next Generation Of Entrepreneurs

– 8:15pm  Startup Pitches & Hottest Tech Cocktail Week Startup Announcement

– 8:30pm  Mixer begins, (cocktails, appetizers, startups demoing in expo style) ends at 10pm

December 13, 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.

First #VegasTech Golf Event

The other day I was sitting with Sunny Tara from docBeat and I said that I wanted to hold a #VegasTech golf event. He said we should definitely do it and that he was happy to host #VegasTech at the exclusive Anthem Country Club golf course. I sent out a tweet to see if Sunny and I would be golfing alone and 5 members of Vegas Tech replied that they were interested. Plus, someone even replied they would be interested in possibly sponsoring (still confirming this).

With that, we’re planning to hold the first ever #VegasTech golf outing. Everyone is welcome regardless of golf experience. There will be plenty of us hacking at golf balls together.

What: 9 holes of golf (we’d do 18, but as startups we’re too busy for 18)
When: Wednesday 11/14 at 10 AM (The first tee time will be at 10).
Where: Anthem Country Club Golf Course (specific directions to come)
Cost: $40

Just pay the $40 below and we’ll secure the tee times (Bring your own clubs).
REGISTRATION CLOSED

Deadline to Register: November 3rd (We need to know who’s coming by this date so we can make sure we have tee times for everyone)

We look forward to connecting with many of you in Vegas Tech over some golf! Since we’ll finish the golf right around lunch, I imagine many of us will do lunch together as well.

October 29, 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.

$5 Million from Sequoia Capital for Vegas Tech Company Romotive

The first company that Vegas Tech Fund ever funded, Romotive, has just recently announced a $5 million round of funding led by Sequoia Capital and includes Crunchfund, Ron Conway’s SV Angel and others. This is a great achievement for Romotive and a great next step for Vegas Tech as well. So much for the myth that Silicon Valley firms don’t want to invest in Las Vegas startup companies.

Romotive has been killing it as they’ve grown the company to 18 employees based out of downtown Las Vegas. They also have worked hard to move their second robot production run out of their apartment and into a factory in China which can pump out thousands of Romos a week. The article about Romotive by Tech Cocktail also highlights that you can even by a Romo featured in the Neiman Marcus catalogue.

At $150 price point, the Romo is at a low enough price point that it makes for a great gift. Where else have you seen a $150 robot that can do what Romo does? Plus, it seems that they’re poised well to take advantage of the Christmas shopping season where Romo could be a great gift. Let’s hope Romotive can get their Romos out there and can handle the Christmas demand.

Romotive originally raised about $115,000 from a $32,000 Kickstarter campaign. While $5 million of funding will help them grow the company, Romotive made the decision to do another Kickstarter campaign as a great way to get Romos in more people hands. It looks like this was a good plan, since they’ve already raised $109,290 on the new Kickstarter campaign.

For those not familiar with Romo, here’s the Romotive Kickstarter video which does a good job showing the product:

October 22, 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.

TechCocktail Opens Office in Las Vegas

Late last week the news came out the Tech Cocktail was opening an office in Las Vegas. Here’s a section of why Tech Cocktail chose Las Vegas:

[Las Vegas] has some of the highest unemployment in the country and was one of the hardest hit by the housing market collapse. For those who might think this step is crazy, I have two words for you: Tony Hsieh and his Downtown Project. Ok, that’s six words, but you get the idea.

Something exciting is happening in the Las Vegas tech scene. So we will work with Tony Hsieh and his team to apply the knowledge we’ve acquired from supporting startup ecosystems in Chicago, DC, and the 20+ other tech communities we’ve worked with over the years and see where it can go. We will also take an active role in sharing our media and editorial expertise. More to come on that soon.

I want our team to be a part of this exciting undertaking and to contribute Tech Cocktail’s energy and enthusiasm. We believe we can positively affect the creation of a city in downtown Las Vegas, which is like no other opportunity we’ve ever been presented – like a LEGO town or real life Sim City in the works. This is important not just to Nevada, but to the entire US economy, as there are many cities looking for models of how to evolve and grow their economies.

I got a chance to meet a number of the Tech Cocktail people at the Vegas Jelly last week and then at the Downtown Speaker Series. They’re going to be a great and welcome addition to the Vegas Tech community.

Vegas Tech – Home to Tech Bloggers
What I find even more interesting to note is how many tech bloggers are found in Las Vegas. Paul Carr regularly writes for PandoDaily and PandoDaily Founder Sarah Lacy’s husband works in Las Vegas which means she’s in Las Vegas regularly as well. Gigaom has a writer in Las Vegas as well.

Gary Vaynerchuk‘s empire just had Matt Sitomer move to Las Vegas. DigitalRoyalty is here. Neither of those are tech media per se, but they do get a lot of social media buzz.

I’m sure there others that I’m missing, but I find the trend interesting that so many tech media companies would have a presence in Las Vegas. Add in the number of times that tech media companies come to Las Vegas for conferences and there’s a tremendous opportunity for Las Vegas tech companies to be well covered in tech media.

September 11, 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.

SxVegas Planning Event

I’m sure there were a number of people in the Vegas Tech community that missed the kick off presentation by Gabe Shepherd of his latest creation: SxVegas. In its simplest form, SxVegas is a way for Vegas Tech to make a big splash at next year’s SxSW. If you want the more detailed explanation, how Gabe came up with this idea, and what he wants to accomplish, the whole video of his talk at the Vegas Jelly is embedded below:

SxVegas also tweeted about the planning event they’ll be having tomorrow night at the /usr/lib:

That’s right. Tomorrow at 8 is SxVegas full of Vegas Tech and Free Food at the Usr Lib. Come and help Gabe make his dream of promoting Vegas Tech startup companies at SxSW a reality.

May 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.

iOS Bootcamp in Las Vegas

Terence Carroll recently emailed me about the need for more iOS and Android developers in Las Vegas. In fact, I think the need for iOS and Android developers is out there almost anywhere you go since mobile apps are so hot right now. In his email Terence talked about his plans to do something to help increase the number of iOS developers in Las Vegas. Here’s his solution:

I think the solution is to take existing developers who understand programming fundamentals like variables and objects and get them up to speed quickly building their first iOS app. That’s the
motivation behind iOS Bootcamp.

That’s right, an iOS Boot Camp is coming to Las Vegas on Saturday April 28th and only costs $50. I think the description on the event page says it all:

This is a 1-day intensive course on developing your first iOS application. It is targeted to experienced developers and the pace will be quick. We start at 9am and go until we’re done sometime after 6pm.

The class is going to be taught by Tom Ortega who was one of the founders of the 360iDev Conference and is coming in from Phoenix to teach the class. Terence tells me that Richard Hoppes has also been an important part of making it happen as well.

Thanks to Terence, Richard, and Tom for bringing together this great opportunity for Vegas Tech.

April 17, 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.

Tony Hsieh and Downtown Project on Valley Girl TV

Tony Hsieh was recently on The Valley Girl Show to talk about Las Vegas Tech and the Downtown Project. Plus, the Valley Girl TV show is posted on the SFGate website as well. For those really familiar with Tony Hsieh and the Downtown Project, you won’t find much new information, but for those not as familiar you’ll really enjoy the interview.

I will just highlight one of they key elements of Downtown Project. Tony’s committed $350 million in investment broken down this way:

  • $50 million goes to 1-200 small businesses such as doggy daycares, restaurants and anything you would need in a city
  • $50 million has been invested in the Vegas Tech Fund to go to technology startups located in downtown Vegas (or ones that move there)
  • $50 million goes to education: they already are doing a partnership with Teach for America.
  • $200 million for real estate

I also love how when Tony Hsieh talks about these investment categories he kind of lights up when it comes to the $50 million Vegas Tech Fund and how it’s the fastest moving part of what’s happening. He knows there’s something special happening with Las Vegas Startup companies and so do we.

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.

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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