In early March, CEO and founder of UniversityParent, Sarah Schupp, wrote “5 Reasons You Should Consider Starting Up in Vegas” for Forbes. Anytime Las Vegas is recommended as a welcoming home for entrepreneurs is fine by me. In fact, Schupp mentioned some of the reasons my family and I relocated to Vegas, like, the weather, sense of community, fun nature, affordable living and 24-hour hustle.
There are so many entrepreneurs who have chosen to make a go of it as part of the #VegasTech community. Some were born and raised here, others have moved across the country to be part of something bigger.
If you’re considering the move to Vegas, here are a few more reasons it might fit your startup’s style:
- Most U.S. cities with a well-developed tech and startup community are already really big. Because they’re so big, they can tend to lose the “small town coziness.” Vegas is different. It is a big community, but yet small and supportive. #VegasTech wants to succeed and so it nurtures a culture of giving and camaraderie. Come visit us on a Thursday night and check out the Vegas Jelly or hang out at the Downtown Podcast. (David Gosse, Tracky)
- If I had to pick ONE reason that startups should consider Vegas (there are clearly a few good reasons), I would say it's a good economic decision to be here. Coming from San Francisco, the median price for a one-bedroom apartment is about $3000 a month right now, and they are scarce. In Vegas, you can get 3-bedroom house with a pool for $1800 a month, or buy one for less than $100K. It's easy to run the math and see how you can dramatically increase your runway by cutting the living expenses for your team members. In addition, you don't have to pay your team members as much as you would in the Bay Area for them to experience the same (or better) quality of life. (Jon Sterling, Founder at Interview Circuit and Agent Findr)
- There's some really special about coming into a growing community on the ground level. For our team, it was clear from the moment we first heard about #VegasTech that something remarkable was brewing. After visiting twice, we knew it was the place for us. The opportunity to shape a city and tech scene doesn't come around too often. As an added bonus, the other entrepreneurs working on this common goal have been welcoming, supportive, and engaging, which is rare in other tech communities that are more established. (Jackie Jensen, Ticket Cake)
- The geography at implementation of our state and the resulting imbalance of resources has always allowed for Las Vegas to be the rock-star, the poster child, the ambitious youngster who gets green-lighted on all its ideas. We've made something out of nothing again and again for the last hundred years and that breeds an innate ability to be open to a new way of doing things. You won't find a stuffy "that's not how it's done here" attitude. Our settlers were trailblazers, our first businessmen were rebels, our political leaders have been innovators all in their own ways. So when you come here with a "crazy" new idea, you fit right in. (Ann Diab, Realtor, Project Evangelist, #VegasTechSXSW)
- Las Vegas might be cliché, but #VegasTech isn't. It's only two years old, so it lacks the cliques and traditions of an older community. The community aims to stay flexible too. Sure, leaders have emerged, but if you move into town and you want to get involved, no one is going to discourage you. In fact, innovation and leadership are very much encouraged. "Firsts" take place here every week. It's a great place for a startup to grow. If you're looking for lifestyle beyond work, see below and consider that we actually have more outdoor recreation han you might expect: Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston and Valley of Fire within 20 - 45 minutes of the city. (Jennifer Gosse, Tracky)
- Switch and inNEVation. Did you know that the largest and most secure data warehouse is in Las Vegas? Well, it is. And, founder Rob Roy has taken his love of technology and Las Vegas and created The inNEVation Center, a state-of-art co-working facility. It is the first public / private economic diversification effort of its kind. inNEVation brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, mentors, investors, educators and government agencies. In other words, everyone it takes to build an economy of superheroic proportions.
- VegasTechFund. VegasTechFund is a seed stage investment fund focused empowering amazing founders and startups passionate about building community in downtown Las Vegas. If you want to find out more about the fund, fill out their application. Only proceed if you: 1) Are Insanely Passionate; 2) Are Solving Awesome Problems; and 3) Like to Dance in Celebration.
- Summerlin. You don’t have to live on the strip to be in Vegas. There are amazing suburb-style communities located across the city. From custom-living to parks and recreation to famers’ markets, you can have it all within 20 minutes of the stip and downtown Vegas.
- SXSW V2V. SXSW V2V is the newest addition to the SXSW family of events and it’s launching right here in Las Vegas. It is an extension and re-imagining of the legendary SXSW experience with an emphasis on the creative spark that drives entrepreneurial innovation. This four day event brings the startup and venture capital communities together with the creative industries that have helped to make SXSW so special.
Don’t take our word for it. Come visit #VegasTech for yourself and see if it’s a fit for you and/or your team. Tweet the entire community by using the #VegasTech hashtag or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.