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Local Motors Sponsors NASCAR’s Ben Kennedy

By | Feb 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Last week NASCAR racer Ben Kennedy, great grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., announced a partnership with Las Vegas’ very own Local Motors. The multi-race sponsorship of Kennedy’s No. 11 Local Motors Toyota Tundra truck kicked off on February 20 at the World…


The Mill Starts a New Accelerator in Downtown Vegas

By | Feb 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm

If you live in Downtown Las Vegas, or if you’re affiliated with the tech ecosystem there, then you’ve most likely heard of The Mill. In 2014 The Mill was just a program operating out of the coworking space Work in Progress. Very green ideas…


Music Discovery Platforms Aren’t Dead: TuneGO Gets $1.2M

By | Feb 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

You might think that the landscape for music discovery is oversaturated to the point of non-action, but TuneGO says otherwise. Today the Las Vegas music discovery platform announced that they have received $1.2 million in private funding, signing new distribution partners like Spotify, Slacker,…


Downtown Project Forms DTP Ventures Names CEO

By | Feb 11, 2015 at 2:55 am

The Downtown Project, the $350 million revitalization of downtown Las Vegas, has announced the creation of a new entity called DTP Ventures to help provide support for the businesses they’ve created over the last few years. As part of this move they have appointed downtown mentor and entrepreneur…

Startups & Apps

.Xyz is Staring Down .Com: This is How you Slay the Giant

By | Dec 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Back in 2009 Daniel Negari had the dream and desire to start his own domain extension – a generic top-level domain that worked like a .com, .net, or .co. It wasn’t just random fancy though; in fact, Negari spent a long time in the…


No Matter Where you Start Up, the Challenges are the Same

By | Dec 23, 2014 at 7:00 am

Jonathan Jenkins’ background in business was rooted primarily in Asia when he started his company,, in 2011. It was focused on helping independent small business owners compete against big box retailers, and they saw incredible traction in only a few short years. But then…


Social Polling Startup Wedgies Announces $700k in Additional Seed Funding

By | Dec 19, 2014 at 11:32 am

“There’s really no lightweight tool to use to collect opinions on the internet. You have to go to a survey landing page, you have to take the survey; someone has to spend a lot of time creating it,” Wedgies Co-founder and CEO Porter Haney…


Mobile Security Platform LaunchKey Announces $3M Seed Funding

By | Dec 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Cyber security and the subsequent cyber terrorism is today’s hottest topic. That’s why the announcement that Las Vegas startup LaunchKey, the first decentralized mobile authentication and authorization platform built for the post-password and Internet of Things era, has closed a $3 million seed funding round…


The Intersection of Marijuana and Technology, Part 2

By | Dec 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

This post is a continuation of my interview with Leslie Bocskor, Chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association. Tech Cocktail: How are people bringing the marijuana industry to the world of technology? Leslie Bocskor: I was at an ArcView event in Denver in 2013 when Isaac Dietrich got up…


Tech Cocktail Week Sessions Welcomes Jonathan Jenkins, CEO of OrderWithMe

By | Dec 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

TC Week is here! Our final Tech Cocktail Week for 2014 is upon us. We welcome our out-of-town guests to gather for several days of learning, networking, and touring the vibrant startup scene in Downtown Las Vegas. RSVP for the Speaker Sessions Thursday night  to…


The Intersection of Marijuana and Technology, Part 1

By | Dec 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm

This is part one of two of my interview with Leslie Bocskor, Chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association. Leslie Bocskor splits his day-to-day three ways – he’s the Chairman of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association (NVCIA), Managing Partner at Electrum Partners, and a founder…

Infographics / Images

The Downtown Las Vegas Startup Story: A VegasTech Infographic

By | Dec 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

The VegasTech scene, especially in downtown Las Vegas, has grown quite a bit in the last few years. Modeling after an entrepreneur-led idea, the VegasTechFund sought to fund startups that would bring leaders to the community to cultivate a healthy startup ecosystem. What followed…


The 6th Annual WordCamp Gathering is Coming Soon in Las Vegas!

By | Dec 5, 2014 at 9:29 am

Business owners, bloggers, designers, developers, and other advocates of WordPress will gather at the Innevation Center located at 6795 Edmond Street on Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14 to learn, discuss and network at the 6th Annual WordCamp Las Vegas. WordCamps are casual,…


This is Rick Duggan’s Love Story With Las Vegas

By | Nov 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

Rick Duggan isn’t a Las Vegas native, but when he first visited the city in the mid-90s he fell in love with it. What he found was that, outside of The Strip, a regular city with amenities to sustain a normal life existed. However,…

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