Tech

New Report Spotlights The Rural West’s Connectivity Gap 

A report published this week by the National Association of Counties found that more than 75% of rural counties had internet and cellular connections that fell well below minimum government standards. The problem is especially acute in the Mountain West. For the most part, only wealthy enclaves like Jackson, Wyoming, have good broadband, the study’s connectivity maps show.

Tech startups have been migrating into cities all around the Mountain West, from Denver to Salt Lake to Boise.


New research shows that you don’t need a big population to foster innovation.

 


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Recently, Tesla announced the company will be cutting 7 percent of staff as it attempts to build more affordable vehicles. KUNR contributor Kaleb Roedel of the Northern Nevada Business View has more.

Scooper's was built based on the contruction of a 1962 A & W resutrant. The drive-in machines stopped working a few years ago.
Stephanie Serrano

Earlier this month, KUNR published a business profile by our contributor the Northern Nevada Business View about a third-party restaurant delivery service known as DoorDash. That story received a lot of negative attention regarding some of the business’ practices. In response, KUNR’s reporter Stephanie Serrano took a deeper look at the company and the local food industry to find out more.

Elevate Blue

Some tech companies are opting to open offices in Tahoe rather than Reno these days. Our reporter Amy Westervelt talked to a few to find out why.

Tahoe is full of Bay Area folks every weekend, looking to get away from the rat race and relax.

“There were a bunch of people who said, ‘You know, I’m here. So if there was an office, I would actually work here even though I might be in San Francisco four days a week.’”

Grooming The Next Generation Of Tech CEOs In Tahoe

Apr 18, 2016
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We’re headed into graduation season soon, and Reno Public Radio’s Amy Westervelt has the story of one local college student who has already scored a CEO gig. 

By the time Sasha Severance celebrates her graduation from Sierra Nevada College in May, she’ll have been a CEO for about three months.

Severance owes that opportunity to Elevate Blue, a tech accelerator in Incline Village, which essentially builds companies around great ideas.

Reno Startup Weekend Draws Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Oct 20, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  A group of local university students wrapped up their first Startup Weekend last night [Sunday], spending three days brainstorming and developing a business idea. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey has more.

Startup Weekend lets developers, designers and marketers come together to practice their entrepreneurial chops.

Working in teams, participants are given just 54 hours to execute their idea, culminating in a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges.

Bryan McArdle of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada is one of the organizers.

Tech Accelerator Elevate Blue Opens In Incline

Oct 12, 2015

Would-be local tech entrepreneurs got a new place to take their startup ideas last week. 

What was once one of several ski shops along Tahoe Boulevard in Incline is now Tahoe's only tech accelerator. The definition of that term tends to change depending on who you're talking to, but according to Jameson Stafford, CEO and co-founder of Elevate Blue: "We gestate ideas, build them up, get them prototyped, we staff to the idea, get entrepreneurs to run it, and then we fundraise."

Switch Plans To Enhance Tech Infrastructure In Nevada

Sep 25, 2015
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  As the Las Vegas-based company Switch expands into northern Nevada, it plans on bringing unprecedented Internet connectivity to the state. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports.

Founded about 15 years ago, Switch is home to one of the largest data centers in the world in southern Nevada, which provides data storage and management to more than 1,000 online companies. 

KUNR

Truckee Meadows Community College will use a $4.3 million gift to help high school students prepare for jobs in what is shaping up to be a demanding technical industry in northern Nevada. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli has that story.

The grant is the largest gift TMCC has ever received. The money will allow the school to inaugurate the Technical Pathway program and begin the second phase of renovations to the Edison site, the school’s center for technical training.

Local Group Wants to Get More Females Involved in Technology

Oct 13, 2014
Women Who Code Meetup

Recently, there’s been a big push nationwide to get more females involved in technology and STEM career paths; STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Studies have shown that women who work in STEM fields earn an average of 33% more than women in non-STEM fields.  But females are still underrepresented in these jobs especially in the state of Nevada.  This is an interview with Khara Muniz, co-founder of the Reno/Tahoe Chapter of Women Who Code, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.