Win­ners

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - BUSINESS -

About 60 peo­ple at­tended Tech­stars Startup Week­end in Las Ve­gas.

Sec­ond place went to Mike Zi­ethlow for De­vel­op­ers.ve­gas, which he de­scribed as a di­rec­tory of the “best soft­ware de­vel­op­ers in Las Ve­gas for con­tract work, full-time em­ploy­ment or co-found­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Third place went to Trig­ger Tracker, a phone app that helps the user dis­cover in­di­vid­ual trig­gers for spe­cific med­i­cal con­di­tions. Tyler Kreft, who was on the four-per­son de­vel­oper team, said he learned a lot from Startup Week­end, like “the im­por­tance of sim­pli­fy­ing and so­lid­i­fy­ing an idea to get your vi­sion clearly ex­plained to the pub­lic, the true dif­fi­culty of try­ing to solve a prob­lem that ap­pears sim­ple on the sur­face and the im­por­tance of mov­ing quickly with a time con­straint.”

Week­end, Kenny Elia­son, said he hopes to or­ga­nize ad­di­tional events through­out the up­com­ing year.

“One of the prob­lems with th­ese kinds of events is they don’t get a lot of trac­tion if they don’t hap­pen all of the time,” he said. “Also, it’s a big com­mit­ment to set aside a whole week­end for peo­ple, so we can make smaller events to help keep startup ideas churn­ing out of Las Ve­gas.”

Elia­son said it is help­ful for en­trepreneurs to have as much prac­tice as pos­si­ble in pitch­ing their ideas.

Byrne agreed that more Startup Week­ends would ben­e­fit the Las Ve­gas startup scene.

“All those peo­ple that spent around 50 hours to­gether, they learned so much from each other,” she said.

Con­tact Nicole Raz at nraz@ re­viewjour­nal.com or 702-380-4512. Fol­low @Jour­nal­ist­nikki on Twit­ter.

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