Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas’

The Las Vegas Entrepreneurial Community

Monday, January 31st, 2011

This morning I was greeted by an interesting post by one of my favorite entrepreneur bloggers, Brad Feld, about building entrepreneurial communities. I’ve been reading Brad’s blog for a long time and I’ve enjoyed learning about what he’s done to build entrepreneurship in Boulder.

As I read his latest post, this quote jumped out at me:

I continue to study and think hard about the dynamics of entrepreneurial communities around the US and believe that there are at least 100 cities in the US that can have strong, significant, healthy, 20 year plus sustainable entrepreneurial communities.

Of course, I could help but imagine his comments with the lens of the Las Vegas Entrepreneurial community. I think it’s easy to see the reasons why Las Vegas could be a great entrepreneurial hub. Although, I must admit that I don’t really see it taking its proper place as a city of entrepreneurs. At least not in the web and technology space that I take part in.

Certainly there are good companies like Zappos.com in Las Vegas (although they came here years after their founding). There’s also the Vegas Valley Angels, but to be honest they haven’t really been all that active in investing over the past couple years.

Much like any community, I think there’s great interest in entrepreneurship in Las Vegas. In fact, I’ve only written about Las Vegas internet startups a few times on this site and I regularly get search engine referrals from people searching for entrepreneurship in Las Vegas. So, people are interested, but don’t have very many places to turn.

I’m currently buying a house in Las Vegas. My family and I are happy here and don’t really have any interest in moving somewhere else. So, I’m in it for the long haul. I’m really interested to see how entrepreneurship in Las Vegas will grow over time. Hopefully I can be part of that growth and support.

From Hobby to Full Time Blogger: Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Blogging

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Today I did a presentation at Las Vegas WordCamp called “From Hobby to Full Time Blogger: Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Blogging.” Looking at people’s comments on Twitter, it seems like people generally liked my presentation. I’m not sure how much you will get from the slides below, because as one person mentioned on Twitter: I do presentations the right way where the slides just hit the main points. I don’t ever just read the slides off to people. Either way, check it out. I had a lot of fun presenting my story.

Izea at BlogWorld New Media Expo

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Many of you probably don’t know about my history with a company called Izea (previously known at PayPerPost). Turns out that Izea is really the key to me being able to live my dream as a full time blogger and internet entrepreneur today. Without Izea I’d still be working the 9 to 5 and submitting resumes looking for a job. Instead, I’m working from home, working whatever hours I want and never changing out of my pajamas. It’s an awesome life. In fact, if you want to hear more of my story come to WordCamp Las Vegas where I’ll be sharing more details about becoming a full time blogger.

All of this intro is really just my way of saying that Izea should hook me up with a free pass to the BlogWorld New Media Expo in the lovely Las Vegas. You can learn more about the contest here.

As Blogger 61 in the Izea blogger family, I feel that I’m in a unique position to tell stories about Ted (CEO of Izea). Don’t believe me? Check out this blog post I made up back in 2006 about Ted really being a guy named Willie trying to hook up with Colleen. Although my favorite story about Ted was probably the Big Green Monster and eating a large pizza. Ask him about that one!

I can’t make any promises about what will happen during BlogWorld Expo with Ted and the Izea team. However, I can’t make any promises about what won’t happen either. Just don’t be surprised if we find Ted swimming in a big sheet cake at the end of the night while 3 Izea ladies massage his back with the icing.

While they say What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas, that’s just not possible at a blogging conference. I’ll have the camera and the Flip video ready to make sure it doesn’t.

The Value of Local Events

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely LOVE the internet. I love the power of technology. It’s always amazing to me to think about what one little guy in Las Vegas can do of influence on the internet. I love when people ask me if I’ve met the various writers on my network of TV blogs. I usually start laughing and then say, No. Does it matter if I meet them in person? It would be fun to do one day, but is it really necessary.

With this said, today I attended a local Las Vegas technology event sponsored by TBAN. The speaker was interesting, but the real value was in the networking. Sometimes I forget about the real value of meeting people face to face. Plus, these local events are interesting since they often bring together a group of people with a broad variety of backgrounds. I always find it enlightening to meet people who don’t live on the internet like I do.

I guess that’s why I’m also excited to be attending a couple WordCamps. WordCamp actually is a great place to meet a variety of people as well. At one WordCamp, I met someone who worked for the PBS documentary film company that produces some of my favorite PBS shows.

It’s always good to get out and meet people in person. Even if I still love to come back to my computer and enjoy my online world too.