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I was glad to host the first conference on the list to break the 50% mark (http://www.healthitmarketingconference.com/). Although, I'll admit that it took great effort to get there. Every guy that I asked to speak pretty much gave me an immediate yes. Most of the women that I asked to speak, said something like "Let me think about it."I know there are a mix of reasons for this response. Many of them have to figure out their schedules (although, some would argue that men have to do this too). Others have suggested to me that there was a lack of confidence by many of the women to be able to speak. I can see that with some of the people I asked, but not all of them. Your events will hopefully help to improve this challenge that some may have. I'm sure there were many other reasons.
Either way, it was worth my effort to make sure there was a good balance in gender. I think the conference benefited greatly from the mix of perspectives. I'll be interested to see how it goes at the next conference.
1 week, 2 days ago on Women speakers still few and far between at healthcare conferences
It's great that you note all the times people say something is going to be the capital of the world. I'm more interested in what's really happening with the companies that are having success in the Vegas Tech community. The trend I've seen that is happening is companies that require a large customer service component like Zappos did. Think Moveline, JusCollege, etc. Just like Zappos leveraged all the great customer service staff in Vegas, these other companies are as well. Not to mention the lower cost of living that's required when you're working a lower pay call center job. A lot of tech companies are going to need this type of customer service staffing as tech merges with the physical world. Vegas will be a great place for those companies.
4 months ago on Factorli killed by VegasTechFund due to over-ambition, because irony is dead too
Thanks for mentioning this Brittney. I believe this is going to be a great synergy between the content network I've created and the Healthcare IT Central job board which has been running for 4 years. There are quite a few opportunities already posted for nurses. No doubt there will be many more to come in the future.
1 year ago on Getting Into Healthcare IT and Informatics
Nice article. There's definitely a connection between mormon culture and the entrepreneurial spirit for all of the reasons you suggest.
If you want to continue this series, you should look at the mormon influence in communities outside of Utah. For example, a good portion of the Vegas Startup community are mormons as well. This isn't surprising since Vegas is about 18% mormon, most of whom don't want to work in the predominant industry. To modify something Tony Hsieh says, Mormon startups in the place you'd think you're least likely to find them. I'm sure the same could be said for Boise, Phoenix, and other cities.
One correction, missionaries can contact home more than twice a year. They can only call home twice a year, but they're encouraged to write home (email or letter) every week.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Book of Mormon: Why the world’s most capitalist religion breeds so many entrepreneurs
I'm confused since you said your friend can't just pursue money because of his nature, but then you say that it's hard for most of us to just pursue something beyond money. Quite the contradiction.
It's a great discussion though. The reality is that we're all motivated by money. We all are just more or less willing to compromise what makes us happy for money. We're all somewhere along the spectrum.
1 year, 5 months ago on The biggest decision most of us leave to chance
This is a well deserved win. AirStrip is one of the more innovative healthcare IT companies out there today. The crazy part is that they're applying relatively simple concepts to healthcare, but healthcare is so far behind that it makes them innovative. What makes them special is they have the healthcare connections where they can work through the bureaucracy side of things too.
1 year, 8 months ago on AirStrip ONE wins it all!
I love how you almost have to give permission to people to do this. They're not a startup if they don't work like slave labor and forgo all of what makes life worthwhile.
Of course, if you were to take out the time spent on cat videos, Wii games, and coding debates, then those 12 hour days would look more like 8 hour work days for most people anyway. Not that there's anything wrong with enjoying those things at work. If you want your work and social to be combined like that, it's fine, but then don't call it a 12 hour work day. Just don't be angry when I'm out to a concert with a beautiful lady when you chose to watch your cat videos. Note: The cat video rule doesn't apply to everyone. Replace it with video games, porn, or sports for the rest.
1 year, 8 months ago on You don’t have to make yourself miserable to build a great company
You'd be certainly welcome in Vegas. It's a great time to be doing a startup company in Las Vegas. Let me know if I can do anything to help make your visit a good one.
1 year, 9 months ago on Screw you, California — I ate foie gras last night. At a restaurant
@polizeros It cost me a lot more than that to do business in Utah. I hated the hoops I had to jump through just to hire someone and pay the stupid state tax. Nevada is much nicer. They make it super easy because they don't collect taxes so they don't care.
So you're saying there's hope for the Chrome web browser to work well on a touch browser on Win 8 (since they have to build it for Pixel)? I hope they get that version out soon. I don't want to use another browser on Win 8. Let's hope Microsoft doesn't stop Google from delivering on this. Right now the experience of Chrome on Win 8 is bad, but it's still better than Microsoft's web browsers.
1 year, 9 months ago on My 3-year-old nephew gets the Chromebook Pixel, why don’t you?
I wonder what your friend @paulcarr thinks of this since he's built his whole publishing company around a paywall.
2 years ago on Old media’s problems are the costs not the lack of paywalls
@xENo Interesting you say that because there are plenty of events. There has been 3 startup weekend Las Vegas for example. Plus, there are weekly Las Vegas Jelly events where you and many others can attend. Then, there's LaunchUp, Ignite, Downtown Speaker Series, etc etc etc.
Your point could be that those events need to be shared more broadly. A reasonable critique that I think will happen more and more over time.
2 years, 3 months ago on Delivering Reality: To Succeed, Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project Can’t Please Everybody
Great to see so many good companies coming together in Las Vegas. Vegas Tech is indeed a great entrepreneurial community.
2 years, 5 months ago on Vegas Startup Weekend and Crowdfunder Put $500k Up for Grabs
Excellent! I'm so happy for you Sarah. Vegas is lucky to have you moving here. I look forward to seeing you at the Jellies and other Vegas Tech events.
2 years, 7 months ago on FAVE ANNOUNCEMENT: Goodbye Chicago, hello Las Vegas — I’m joining Team Tracky as their new Chief Evangelist
My best suggestion is to read more in order to have more ideas to write about. As you read, capture the ideas for future posts as drafts on your blog. Then, you just look through your draft posts when you're ready to write.
2 years, 9 months ago on What Should I Blog About?
@Katie Gutwein@techguy1 One of my favorite quotes goes something like this...Results improve when something is measured. They improve even more when those results are reported.That's why I often tweet or blog about something when I want to make sure it gets done. Then, I'm accountable to the people who read my blog and follow me on Twitter. I feel a responsibility to keep my word since I told other people.
2 years, 11 months ago on The Power of Written Goals #FinishYear
I love the list and I love that you're brave enough to publish it. If you're posts are good like this, I hope you reach your second goal. I love people who blog and aren't afraid to put a little bit of themselves out there.