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Judge Strikes Down Uber Restraining Order in Las Vegas

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The powerful cab lobby, the Nevada Taxicab Authority, and the Nevada Attorney General did not prevail against Uber in a Las Vegas District Court today, when Judge Douglas Herndon, himself a former Prosecutor, said the Nevada Attorney General’s office failed to show that Uber was causing “irreparable harm” to public safety. However, judges in Washoe County (the… Read more »



Cities are Responsible for Educating Their Entrepreneurial Community

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During the panel “Building an Entrepreneurial Community” at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference, Sarah Evans sat down with individuals from four very different, but successful, entrepreneurial communities. Joining Evans on stage was Matt Haggman from the Knight Foundation; John Curtis, Mayor of Provo, Utah; Lisa Besserman, founder of Startup Buenos Aires; and Melissa Withers, chief of… Read more »


Bharat Vasan: Your Goal is Not to Acquire More Customers, But Happy Customers [VIDEO]

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In a conversation about the intricacies of the investor-investee relationship, Charles Hudson (partner at SoftTech VC) and Bharat Vasan (COO of August) told the audience at Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference that the dynamic needs to be balanced for the sake of the company’s growth.  Especially if you’re an early-stage, hardware startup. “It’s the job of management and the board… Read more »


The Founder Institute Sets Its Sights on Las Vegas

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The learning doesn’t stop in Downtown Las Vegas. The Founder Institute, the “world’s largest startup accelerator”, has announced a new class meetup featuring leaders in the local tech community. According to the company’s website, the program offers a “structured, 4-month curriculum of weekly training courses and business-building assignments” from which “you graduate the Founder Institute as the Founder… Read more »


VegasTechFund Changes Focus: Partner Andy White Exits

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This morning Tech Cocktail covered the launch of the VegasTechFund Syndicate which is funding Buffer, and putting a stake in the ground as the fund changes its focus. As Tony Hsieh announced at the Celebrate Conference, the fund has now invested the first $30 million of the $50 million fund. That $30 million was focused… Read more »


VegasTechFund Launches AngelList Syndicate with Buffer Funding

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The VegasTechFund, the $50 million startup fund that’s part of the Downtown Project, has launched an AngelList Syndicate today to raise $400k for San Francisco-based Buffer. The fund was previously focused on funding early-stage startups, and up to this point has invested around $30 million dollars into over 90 early-stage startups. As Tony Hsieh explained on stage… Read more »




Las Vegas Residents Finally Get Their Uber

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You might expect that a story about Las Vegas news should feature the iconic Strip skyline, dotted with mega resorts that can bed 5,000 guests per night (in a single building!), tall towers, and monuments of other cities. Unless your story is discussing the tourists who are shaking off the glitter within those rooms, then… Read more »




Cake Pushers Wants to Redefine Small Desserts

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Sometimes events bring in startups that might not be the most tech-centric, but still innovative in their own right. At the recent Get Started Las Vegas event, put on by Cox and Inc.com, Chef Michael Childrey brought Cake Pushers to the stage as one of the finalists. Childrey has fueled his efforts into redefining small… Read more »