Tech Cocktail's Guide to Downtown Las Vegas


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Tech Cocktail's Guide to Downtown Las Vegas

  1. 1. WELCOME TO DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS! We’re so excited you made it. Perhaps you’ve been to Vegas before, for a conference or weekend trip on the strip. Or maybe it’s your first time. Either way – the Vegas you’re about to experience is quite different from the one most people know. Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) is just as fun, colorful and exciting, but rather than just a vacation or conference destination, it’s a vibrant live-work-play community. Catalyzed by the Downtown Project, led by Tony Hsieh, DTLV has quickly transformed into a vibrant neighborhood full of entrepreneurs and other members of the creative class who are excited about building a city based on a culture that values community, passion, creativity and happiness. We also like to think that DTLV makes you smarter. Welcome to our neighborhood!
  2. 2. WHO WE ARE Tech Cocktail is a national news and events organization based in DTLV. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs enjoy the startup life journey by providing resources, connections and community wherever they may be around the globe. Aside from our daily content, we host events in over 30 communities around the country. We relocated to DTLV because the size & scope of what the Downtown Project is trying to accomplish is truly incredible, creating a great base of operations for Tech Cocktail and providing an incredible focus of our journalistic attention.
  3. 3. Downtown Las Vegas is north of “the strip” where all the big hotels reside – just about 2 miles north of the Stratosphere on Las Vegas Boulevard. The intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street is a perfect starting point for any walking tour of DTLV! (Schedule a tour here!) GETTING AROUND There’s also a bus system that can take you around the area. To learn more about The Deuce and the SDX (Strip & Downtown Express), visit this schedule: The great news is, once you get downtown, you can pretty much get anywhere you need to go on foot. If you need a taxi, just walk to the front of the El Cortez or the Downtown Grand hotel, where taxis line up.
  4. 4. THE LOCAL DTLV TECH SCENE The downtown area has a burgeoning tech scene! Let’s take a closer look at its different components. STARTUPS There are too many to list here, but you can get a sense of the various local startups by looking in a few places. 1) Articles about Vegas startups can be found on: 2) VegasTechFund portfolio companies can be found here: 3) also writes about the local startup community: 4) Visit this map to see where startups are located around the city:
  5. 5. VEGASTECHFUND The Downtown Project focuses on a few different areas – such as real estate, small businesses, education and arts…but the area we care the most about is TECH. The Downtown Project includes a $50MM fund called the VegasTechFund, which also includes Work in Progress, The Mill, and Progression Labs. WORK IN PROGRESS 317 S 6th St. and 701 Bridger Ave 4th Floor Our local coworking facility houses over 200 members and 40 startups across both locations, as well as the VegasTechFund and The Mill.
  6. 6. THE MILL The Mill awards $5,000 each week to an entrepreneur with a promising idea. Entrepreneurs get to spend 2 months working out of the Work in Progress coworking space and getting mentorship through their mentor program. PROGRESSION LABS An “accelerator-like” program in downtown Vegas that invests $10,000 to $25,000 in very early-stage startups. This “residential immersion program” lasts 3 months, and ends with a demo-day. VEGASTECHFUND
  7. 7. DTLV TECH ECOSYSTEM TECH COCKTAIL WEEK For 4 days each month, Tech Cocktail hosts a tech retreat/mini-conference in DTLV, inviting 25-30 founders, investors, media and industry leaders to come visit, meet interesting people and share their knowledge with the local community – and walk away inspired by what is happening in downtown Vegas. THE OGDEN 150 Las Vegas Blvd N The Ogden is a special place in DTLV. It’s a residential space, home to a few great restaurants (Wild, Rachel’s Kitchen and Scullery), and home base for Tech Cocktail, TicketCake and some other local companies. DOWNTOWN PODCAST A weekly video production filmed by friends, community members and visitors to share the stories, ideas and people that make the Downtown Las Vegas community so special.
  8. 8. DOWNTOWN PROJECT 302 E Carson Ave #200 The largest and most unique startup in DTLV, led by Tony Hsieh, the Downtown Project is committed to helping transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. Their goal is to inspire and empower people to follow their passions to create a vibrant, connected urban core. The project has allocated $350 million to aid in the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas, investing $200 million in real estate, $50 million in small businesses, $50 million in education, and $50 million in tech startups through the VegasTechFund. (Schedule a tour here.) STITCH FACTORY 300 N Las Vegas Blvd #120 A fashion incubator, coworking studio and creative community established to support emerging fashion designers. The collaborative studio offers designers professional workspace, an inspiring community and business mentorship. The expertise of the in-house team extends to brand development, marketing a collection, and communication with buyers. DTLV TECH ECOSYSTEM
  9. 9. THE INNEVATION CENTER The inNEVation Center is a public/private economic diversification effort, bringing together entrepreneurs, business leaders, mentors, investors, educators and government agencies. It’s the brainchild of Switch founder Rob Roy, and a commitment to “pay forward” the success of Switch (see SuperNap below) by helping to empower Nevada’s next generation of economic leaders. SWITCH SUPERNAP 7135 S Decatur Blvd Supernap, an independent, privately held company headquartered in Las Vegas, and expanding around the globe, is driving vital transformation in the technology infrastructure industry. (Schedule a tour here.) LOCAL MOTORS 515 E Stewart Ave A free online and physical workspace to make your vehicle innovations into reality. The Local Motors microfactory is a unique addition to DTLV. DTLV TECH ECOSYSTEM
  10. 10. SYN SHOP 117 N 4th St. A hackerspace for sharing, creation, collaboration, research, development, mentoring and learning. Founded in 2008, when some DIY enthusiasts decided that instead of hiding in garages, workshops and offices, they should come together and start a community around the things they are passionate about. ZAPPOS 400 E Stewart Ave Zappos, the online apparel company known globally for its company culture and customer service, moved its office to downtown Vegas in September 2013, in the space that formerly housed the city hall. TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS ALLIANCE OF NEVADA (TBAN) TBAN is proactively fostering technology business growth in Nevada. Dedicated to assisting technology-based startups, emerging and growth companies in finding the talent, customers and financing needed to be successful. DTLV TECH ECOSYSTEM
  11. 11. OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST COTERIE 515 Fremont St. Coterie is a hybrid fashion boutique/hangout space. You can go hang out, have a drink or a cupcake, write on the blackboard walls, or watch a movie projected onto the floor. Right now, the historic sign above the store reads: Checks Cashed. HYDRANT CLUB 9th and Fremont Streets Hydrant Club is a membership access facility, requiring dogs to have proof of clean health and official licensing with the local municipality. More than that, it’s an oasis in the center of DTLV for dogs and their parents! CONTAINER PARK 707 Fremont St. The Downtown Container Park is an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment hub, created by the Downtown Project. Made of shipping containers stacked upon each other, situated around a family-friendly play space, this unique venue offers a variety of boutique shops and restaurants. Live music is featured on the outdoor stage nightly.
  12. 12. OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST TURNTABLE HEALTH 701 Bridger Ave, Suite 150 Turntable Health is a member-based primary care and wellness ecosystem in Las Vegas. Doctors are available 24/7 by phone, email, or the option to video chat. Members get a health coach that works directly with doctors and nurses to help members reach their goals. GOLDSPIKE 217 N Las Vegas Blvd Owned by the Downtown Project, the GoldSpike is a great spot for coworking or grabbing a bite or drink anytime of day or night (open 24 hours). Make sure to check out the backyard.
  13. 13. LOCAL TECH LEADERS Jen Consalvo Cofounder and COO of Tech Cocktail There are many people who make DTLV and the local tech eco-system what it is – these are just a few of the folks you might come across while exploring the area. Frank Gruber Cofounder and CEO of Tech Cocktail, Author of Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing and Celebrating Startup Success Tony Hsieh CEO of Zappos, Fearless Leader of Downtown Project, Best Selling Author Fred Mossler “No Title” at Zappos, Partner at VegasTechFund Andy White Partner at the VegasTechFund. Zach Ware Cofounder of Work in Progress, Founder of Project 100, Partner at the VegasTechFund Laura Berk Cofounder Progression Labs, Cofounder of ROCeteer. Sara Vainer Hill Work in Progress Director of Entrepreneurship Gabe Shepherd Liaison for SXSW V2V, Cofounder of Don’t Sweat the Tech, Wedgies George Moncrief EIR at VegasTechFund.
  14. 14. LOCAL TECH LEADERS John Hawkins Cofounder of 9seeds, Organizer of Las Vegas WordPress Meetup and WordCamp Las Vegas Jacqueline Jensen Cofounder TicketCake, Producer Downtown Podcast and Curator of Amy Jo Martin NY Times Best Selling Author & Founder of DigitalRoyalty Jen McCabe Downtown Project’s “hardware sorceress”, running the Nimbus Portfolio for VegasTechFund. Adam Kramer Vice President of Innevation, Chief of Staff for the Nevada Board at SWITCH Mark Rowland Founder and Chief Roceteer of ROCeteer and Cheer Leader Delivering Happiness Rob Roy CEO, Founder, Inventor, Chairman at SWITCH Jen Taler Managing Partner, Stitch Factory, Brand Ambassador Shavonnah Tièra Collins Startup Weekend Facilitator, UNLV Startup Center Jimmy Jacobson Cofounder of Wedgies, Organizer of local hackathons Rick Duggan Organizer of the Las Vegas Parent/Kid Programming Meetup, CTO Rolltech
  15. 15. LAS VEGAS TECH PRESS TECH COCKTAIL A national news and events organization headquartered in DTLV. Covers hyperlocal startup news around the country, including Las Vegas. Mission is to help entrepreneurs enjoy the startup life journey by providing resources, connections and community. Find and follow: @techcocktail LAS VEGAS STARTUPS Covers Las Vegas startup and tech news. Find and follow: http: // @VegasStartups VEGASTECH Covers the people, places and events of the Las Vegas tech community. Find and follow: #vegastech LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL A local newspaper that sometimes covers tech and startup news. Find and follow: http://www. @reviewjournal DON’T SWEAT THE TECH A tech news site and podcast. Find and follow: http: // @dontsweattech DOWNTOWN PODCAST A weekly community podcast that showcases the stories, ideas and people behind the transforming downtown Las Vegas. Find and follow: http: // @downtownpodcast
  16. 16. INVESTORS VEGASTECHFUND The Downtown Project’s $50 million tech fund for startups. PROGRESSION LABS An accelerator-like residential immersion program that brings startups to downtown Vegas for 3 months and gives them office space and funding. NIMBUS The hardware arm of the VegasTechFund, which makes investments around $100,000 in companies in robotics, connected devices, smart home, and Internet of things. THE MILL Part of Work in Progress, The Mill gives out $5,000 to an idea each week and then supports the entrepreneurs with 2 months of coworking and mentorship. VEGAS VALLEY ANGELS A group of accredited investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early and mid-stage entrepreneurial companies. The primary focus is on companies based in Southern Nevada.
  17. 17. PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK La Camida – 100 S 6th St. Le Thai – 523 Fremont St. WIld - 150 Las Vegas Blvd N Suite 120 Boozery – in the Container Park Bin 702 – in the Container Park Downtown Cocktail Room – 111 S Las Vegas Blvd Commonwealth – 525 Fremont St. Park – 506 Fremont St. Beauty Bar – 517 Fremont St. Atomic Liquors – 917 Fremont St. For these and more visit Insert Coin(s) – 512 Fremont St. Gold Spike – 217 N Las Vegas Blvd Vanguard Lounge – 516 Fremont St. Inspire – 107 Las Vegas Blvd Eat – 707 Carson St. Triple George – 201 N 3rd St O Face Donuts – 124 S Sixth St. Ste 140 Nacho Daddy – 113 N 4th St. The Beat – 520 Fremont St. Rachels Kitchen - 150 Las Vegas Blvd N Suite 160 Scullery - 150 Las Vegas Blvd North