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  • SXSW video recap: Sarah Evans hosts Innovator Series from the Samsung Blogger Lounge

    • By jennifer
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    • Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    You may have thought that the hype of SXSW 2013 was past, but we're here to bring you some evergreen inspiration with this #SXSWi Innovator Series recap. Sarah Evans celebrated the "doers" as the host of the series, thanks to partners Cox Blue, Watchitoo and yes, Tracky. Sarah graciously interviewed the following tech innovators who divulged insights into their work and passion projects. Take, for instance, Esther Dyson's thoughts on genetic testing and paid email, Andy White's take on serendipitous interactions in downtown Las Vegas and Kristin Hersant's adivce on building communities, all available below in their respective segments. 

    We hope you'll find some inspiration in these innovator segments:  

    Whew! That’s a lot of innovative ideas aflow at SXSW and beyond. Big thanks to Watchitoo for hosting the live stream!

    SXSW Innovator Series - Tracky and RollTech interview

    You can also tune into the entire video archive of the livestream here.

  • Cox Business lets us explain, “What the heck is @Tracky?”

    • By sarah
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    • Thursday, March 28, 2013

    SXSW Interactive allows interactive providers of all shapes and sizes to come together under one (big) roof. Team members David, Jennifer and I were there repping the Tracky spirit. As we talked about Tracky with others, inevitably the first question we received was, “What the heck is that?” And, if we replied, “Open social collaboration,” many times we were rewarded with a blank stare.

    Why? Open social collaboration is an evolution and integration of project management and social media. It’s new...still in its infancy, so there’s no analogy that really works to set context. But, once people get in the platform, typically an “a ha!” moment occurs and they see how this one platform can make their personal and professional lives come together--allowing them to get more done.

    That’s why I, as Tracky's Chief Evangelist (@PRsarahevans), was interviewed by Cox CommunicationsMartin Jones at SXSWi--to provide a more personal explanation about Tracky and what we do.

    Consider this your quadrant II, learning moment of the day. Enjoy!

    Sarah Evans, Tracky Chief Evangelist

  • #VegasTech Showcases at #SXSW

    • By jennifer
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    • Tuesday, April 9, 2013

    Last March, it started as Gabe Shepherd’s big idea and culminated in bringing the #VegasTech community to showcase at SXSW 2013 in a very big way. Switch's sponsorship gave the idea life, and paved the way for others sponsors like Downtown Project and the community to get on board, for real. 

    Before SXSW Interactive 2013, #VegasTech was already legit. After all, #VegasTech is a two-year-old startup community with humble coffee shop roots that has grown into an oft-referred to tech community attracting national attention. But something shifted with our #SXSW community representation: to the global scene, we’ve arrived as a notable tech community with viable startups, serious talent, major corporate support, educational backers and a whole lot of passion.

    The project encompassed a booth at the SXSW trade show, a cocktail hour and a mega party.

    VegasTech
    #VegasTech startups and organizers about to hit the streets with party posters

    Perhaps best of all, we got to share the collaborative, cooperative and passionate nature of our community. With our growing publicity and infrastructure growth, we hope to attract more companies and talent into the valley in order to grow the ecosystem. But, even if we don’t, it was a bonding experience to collaborate on the #VegasTech #SxSW go-to-market plan (we used Tracky!) and see it come to fruition.

    Gabe Shepherd and David Gosse

    @tracky CEO @davidgosse and #VegasTech SxSW Organizer @gapeshep sporting VegasTech shades

    Now, the world knows about our startup community. We even trended on Mashable and other outlets.

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    Thanks to Fuller Street Production, amidst the SxSW trade show noise, #VegasTech stood out.

    VegasTech sign

    Here is a little recap of what went down...

    Tracky at #SXSW

    Tracky at VegasTech booth

    First off, our corner of the booth was rockin’ thanks to Fuller Street.  Tracky co-founders David and Jennifer Gosse were booth-bound most of the show and it was hugely productive. Sarah Evans was evangelizing and producing an Innovator Series (details below).

    Tracky caps

    We hung our Tracky caps on the scaffolding and gave every single one away. (If you snagged a Tracky cap while at #SXSW, snap a picture and share it with us! We’ll add you to our “Tracky in the wild” sightings and share a little about who you are too).

    We met a ton of interesting folks from around the world. We got to demo Tracky to hundreds of people and loved the feedback that we received. What were the main complaints that we heard? Workflows are broken and email kills productivity because it's still being used as collaboration. (More on that in future posts). If we met you and we need to follow up, we’ll be in touch soon!

    TechCocktail held interviews in the booth for a couple days. It was great to see the flow of startups and thought leaders come through the space and chat with Frank, Jen, Zach and Kira. We love that TechCocktail is in Vegas now!

    TechCocktail at VegasTech

    David Gosse and Frank Gruber

    We enjoyed sharing the space with our VegasTech comrades, including Switch, UNLV, the Governor's Office of Economic Development, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, Alice Reception, Tabeso, docBeat, UsedGearSale, RollTech, LaunchKey, Zuldi.

    VegasTech comrades

    Oh. And we got to see Shaq. He stopped by the VegasTech booth for a minute, entourage in tow. He is extremely tall.

    Shaq

    Shaq and Rick Duggan

    Innovator Interviews

    Sarah Evans hosted the Innovator Series from the Samsung Blogger Lounge on March 12th with partners Watchitoo, Cox Blue and Tracky.

    Sarah Evans and TicketCake

    Sarah Evans with Jackie Jensen and Dylan Jorgensen of TicketCake

    Innovator series

    Sarah Evans with Gabe Shepherd - sponsored by Watchitoo, Cox Blue and Tracky

    Lounge

    The #VegasTech lounge brought together an electric crowd and showcasing startups and sponsors, with the evening’s presentations hosted by Frank Gruber of TechCocktail. Switch and Downtown Project, ended the evening with inspiring talks via Jason Mendenhall and Tony Hsieh.

    Jason Mendenhall speaking at the Cocktail Hour 

    VegasTech Party

    VegasTech party

    The community invited SxSW attendees to a big bash at Red 7 for open bar, Vegas musical talent (Jordan Laws, Rusty Maples and American Cream), big-time dancing and networking. With something like 3000 RSVPs, the venue was packed until 1am.

     Switch team

    The Switch team with David and Jennifer Gosse

    Fuller Street Productions abundantly sponsored the production materials for the booth, lounge and party at a great financial and human resources expense. Thank you. Your generosity shined.

     Daniel and Jennifer

    Daniel and Fuller Street - you represent the 1% doers movement!
     

    VegasTech buds

    VegasTech buds 


    Sarah Evans, Ann Diab and Jennifer Gosse

    Sarah Evans, Ann Diab and Jennifer Gosse all smiles at the #VegasTech party

    We Did It

    Networking and partying in Austin with hundreds of your closest friends is a great way to celebrate the two-year anniversary of our community. A heartfelt thanks to Gabe Shepherd, all the hard-working volunteers, sponsors and to all who made it happen. We <3 you!

    1% Doers

  • Come say hi to us and #VegasTech during #SXSW 2013

    • By sarah
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    • Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    We’re gearing up for our trip to SXSW Interactive (#SXSWi) from March 8 through 12 in Austin, Texas. The Tracky team is part of the #VegasTechSXSW initiative and we couldn’t be more excited to show off the thriving tech community. And, Sarah Evans will discuss Toddlers and Technology on a panel with Fisher Price.

    Las Vegas is the first and only city represented at SXSW with the largest collective exhibition space on the SXSWi floor (12 exhibitors with 800 square feet of space). If you’ll be on the showroom floor, we’re taking over booths 835, 837, 839, 841, 934, 936, 938 and 940. Plus, we're going to party like it's 1999 with two major events, open to SXSW attendees.

    We’d love to do a personal Tracky demo for you and introduce you to some of our #VegasTech friends, like:

    • 12-year-old Ethan Duggan (@lazyhusbandapp) who is most likely the youngest developer at SXSW and will be the ONLY pre-teen launching an app at the festival;
    • Switch and the inNEVation Center! Many of the folks traveling to SXSWi this year also share office space at co-working space, inNEVation, funded by Switch and Rob Roy. It is the first public and private economic diversification effort of its kind. They bring together entrepreneurs, business leaders, mentors, investors and government agencies. It's an amazing ecosystem that allows more people to get things done. Plus, Switch is the headlining sponsor that kicked this whole initiative off. Woot!
    • Alice Receptionist, a live interactive customer experience product. You'll get to interact with the hardware while chatting with VegasTech folks. Hey, they're even up for a "People's ChoiceAwards for SXSW's Hottest Showcasing Startup" with TechCocktail!
    • LaunchKey, your answer to never forgetting a password again! LaunchKey won Startup Weekend last summer and is well on their way to revolutionizing user authentication and killing passwords.
    • RollTech, a social bowling app: track scores, earn points and compete with friends globally. They recently released their app as well.
    • Team Tabeso. Launched on March 1, 2013, this team is making it easier to find and market events. They’re our office neighbors and we think they’re pretty swell guys.
    • docBeat. Secure messaging for healthcare that leverages smartphones and is HIPAA compliant and secure. 
    • UsedGearSale is a marketplace for outdoor enthusiasts who can use the site to come together to buy and sell slightly used, but still awesome, gear. 
    • Zuldi, a next gen payment processing system that integrates with restaurants' POS systems. It's an inventive system that is a win-win for restaurant owners and diners.
    • Ticket Cake. The ultimate resource for your events. It’s more than ticket registration, these guys are like your event's personal marketing service and they have the lowest service fees around.
    • Plus, mix and mingle with community supporters including: TechCocktail, DowntownProject, TBAN, Fuller Street Proeductions, UNLV, the Governor's Office of Economic Development and Vegas.com.

    VegasTechSXSW

    Still filling up your SXSW calendar?

    Come and hang with us at two, count them, two free, #VegasTechSXSW events:

    #VegasTech SXSW Lounge

    Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

    Red 7, 611 E 7th S, Austin, TX 78701

    #VegasTech SXSW Party

    Monday, March 11 at 8:00 p.m. CT.

    #VegasTech Lounge, 222 East 6th Street , Austin, TX 78701

    VegasTech SXSW video

    We’re also cheering on our own Sarah Evans (@PRsarahevans) who is speaking on the Toddlers and Technology panel on Sunday, March 10, from 3:30 to 4:30 at the Hyatt Regency in Texas Ballroom 1-4.

    Hope to see you there! And, if you can’t be there in person, we’ll be sharing loads of content from our @Tracky Twitter and Facebook accounts.

  • SxVegas Initiative Announces New Sponsor, Tracky, In Preparation for the SXSW 2013 Festival

    • By jennifer
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    • Monday, October 22, 2012

    Great news! Tracky is an official startup sponsor of SxVegas and is helping to prepare for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) 2013 Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.

    SxVegas is a unique concept in that it celebrates the #VegasTech startup community while at SXSW via a series of events. This will be the first ever regional representation at SXSW.

    Led by the SxVegas organizer, Gabe Shepherd, we'll bring Vegas Tech to Austin in March 2013 with dozens of tech companies, from large data firms to newly launched startups. The initiative will highlight Las Vegas as a desirable startup city and will showcase the collaborative tech community that is growing here.

    SxVegas

    Other Vegas-based sponsors include Switch, the main sponsor, as well as TBAN, Rumgr and Alice Receptionist.

    Happily, Tracky is the official event planning platform for SxVegas and is acting as a 24/7 virtual meet-up for official organizers, volunteers, sponsors and vendors.

    Heading to SXSW next spring or want to learn more? Get the low-down on the parties and events that Vegas Tech has planned for attendees in this full press release.

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