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The Power of VegasTech and its Hashtag

Unidev's Steve Thomas at LaunchUpThe VegasTech hashtag is a powerful communication tool that keeps the community thriving and growing every minute of the day thanks to Twitter.  The hashtag brings people, companies and event happenings all to one place.  Las Vegas is one of the most entrepreneurial cities within the United States.  According to CNN, they listed Nevada as the 7th most entrepreneurial state because of the number of technology firms that recently opened up and the friendly business tax climate.

Unidev is new to this community.  As a new member, Unidev is trying find its place and where the cool kids are hanging out. The VegasTech hashtag made it easy for Unidev to find out where it needs to be and how to locate techies and entrepreneurs in the VegasTech community.

On the contrary, the VegasTech hashtag also helped launch Unidev as a key player.  The community sees Unidev as an advocate in hosting events and participating in events. These event opportunities create awareness in local companies and techies, who then become more inclined to support Unidev in the future.

One example of event participation is when Unidev’s VP of Business Development, Steve Thomas, acquired the opportunity to speak last week at LaunchUp#5.  LaunchUp is a local organization that assists new start-ups in introducing themselves, and teaches them how the VegasTech Community can help in building a name. Another speaker was part of a newly funded company by VegasTech, called Ticketcake.  To purchase the tickets for the event everyone used their website www.ticketcake.com.  While Unidev was representing itself at the event, it also promoted the Ticketcake website.  Through the power of Twitter and the VegasTech hash tag, Unidev and Ticketcake gladly started including each other on their tweets to advertise the event.

The LauchUp event was a great success. The VegasTech hashtag created collaboration between Unidev and Ticketcake, who will now work on a project together.  Both companies are excited about the new partnership and look forward to working on many future projects together.

Behind the Scenes: Opening Unidev West

At Unidev, we love talking about technology, software development and mobile development. We think it is the top banana, the bees knees. But occasionally we need to take a break from the hard hitting “tech talk” to discuss other interesting things we do. Why? Because we want you to know how we get things done around here.

In January 2012, we officially opened the Unidev West office in Las Vegas, Nevada. And we keep pretty busy. We hold TXCHANGE Events, network with professional organizations and develop new initiatives to bring to the Las Vegas area. But if you’ve ever helped to open a new office for a growing company, you know it takes a lot of work. We decided to give you a sneak peek, behind the scenes look at exactly how we accomplish this huge task!

That’s where I come in! Hi! I’m Elizabeth Maritz, Corporate Marketing Communications Manager for Unidev and The Net Impact. I spent this past week driving around Las Vegas meeting people, learning about the culture, getting plugged in to the business community.  I didn’t take any video of my travels because Las Vegas has VERY strict law regarding cell phone usage in cars…but here’s what I did.

I drove almost 55 miles around the city totaling almost 2 hours in travel time. I visited 11 different locations and met over 30 different individuals. All in 4 days!

 

 

A. UNIDEV WEST OFFICES. This is our new location in Las Vegas. We’re getting it all set up right now!

B. TBAN. This is the TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS ALLIANCE of NEVADA. TBAN is one of the longest standing professional organizations in Nevada, they love technology and we love technology. For more information on their events and membership visit www.tban.us/

C. NEVADA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY. The Nevada Development Authority is a great source for companies looking to expand into Southern Nevada. With a huge number of resources, the NDA has helped Unidev find our place in Las Vegas and get connected. For more information on the NDA visit www.nevadadevelopment.org/

D. NET EFFECT. Net Effect is a fellow IT company that specializes in remote managed IT services, cloud computing companies, information technology consulting services, offsite data backup services and recovery services. For more information on Net Effect visit www.neteffect-it.com/

E. MARGARITAVILLE. You always have to find a little time to party while visiting Las Vegas and there is no better place than Margaritaville. As Unidev continues to become more active in the retail and hospitality industry, our friends at Margaritaville offer great insight and an occasional happy hour venue. Did you know they just opened a Margaritaville Casino at The Flamingo Hotel? Find out more at www.margaritavillelasvegas.com/

F. WALLS360. To get a little creative, we met with the team at Walls360. Also new to Las Vegas, Walls360 is a wall cling and graphics company co-founded by Tavia Campbell, John Doffing and YiYing Lu, the creator of the Twitter Fail Whale. To find out more about what they do visit www.walls360.com/

G. UNLV. University of Nevada Las Vegas is not only known for their killer Rebel basketball team, but also for their community connection. I met with the outgoing Alumni Association President. To learn more about UNLV visit www.unlv.edu/

H. LAS VEGAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. As one of the largest chambers in the nation, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce (LVCC) is an impressive institution that offers so many resources to their members. Learn more about the LVCC at www.lvchamber.com/

I. FBG SOCIAL OFFICE SOLUTIONS. Fellow members of the Las Vegas Innovation Center Linq360, FBG and Unidev spend a lot of time together. FBG offers a robust Social Office Suite solution that helps businesses manage their brand on social media. To find out more, visit www.socialofficesuite.com/

J. THE FERRARO GROUP. A leading Nevada communications firm that provides strategic communications counsel to corporations, coalitions, associations and individuals. In 2011, The Ferraro Group was voted “Firm of the Year” by the Las Vegas Business Press “Best Advertising Agencies and PR Firms” awards. To find out more about The Ferraro Group visit http://www.theferrarogroup.com/

K. LINQ360. Supported by Microsoft, Linq360 is the epicenter of technology innovation and is now home to a select group of like-minded businesses aligned to serve the hospitality and retails industries. To find out more about Linq360 visit www.linq360.com

That was my trip! Hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride.