Vegas Tech House

We are buying a house that will serve as a social and cultural hub for the Vegas Tech Community. The house will also provide temporary lodging for visitors.
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Jon Sterling
Community
Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
1 Team Member

***FIND US AT www.vegastechhouse.com TO SEE THE EXCITING END TO THIS STORY.***

“There’s a fine line between genius and insanity.” -Oscar Levant

This is what most of my conversations have sounded like over the past week when I explain what I’m doing here:

Smart person: “Are you insane?”

Me: “Perhaps.”

Smart person: “That will never work.”

Me: “Interesting perspective. I’ll keep that in mind.”

I have spent most of my life pursuing audacious goals, so the comments from the naysayers are no surprise. When you look at people doing meaningful things, the noise from the sidelines is always loud. The bigger the goal, the louder the opposition becomes, and the more satisfying it is when you achieve it. Nobody ever achieved anything great by thinking small.

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” -George Bernard Shaw

This project is more than just a house. It’s a statement. In the big scheme of things, $125,000 is not that much money. If the community can rally around this and show its support to raise enough money for a house, what’s to stop us from repeating this for ten more houses? Or a homeless shelter? Or a school?

And if you don’t like any of those ideas, contribute a few bucks to show the big banks they are no longer the only ones deciding who gets to buy real estate.

How can you help?  Easy. Take your pick.

1. Buy a ticket to the party. Give it to a friend if you won’t be there ($25).

2. Book a room. The bed & breakfast experience is a nice one when you’re visiting Vegas ($20-50).

3. Come to the hackathon and build something amazing. We have some exciting hackathon news on the way, and we already have an amazing list of attendees ($75).

4. Sponsor the hackathon, or the party, or both. ($ ???)

FAQ

What are we doing?

We are raising money to buy a house in Las Vegas. The house will serve as a hub for artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and others in the downtown Las Vegas community. It will be a co-working and co-creating space during the day, and a venue for small and medium-sized events in the evenings.

Who is leading the efforts?

That's me. My name is Jon Sterling and I moved to Las Vegas from San Francisco to build my business here. I have spent most of my career in real estate-related businesses and will be managing the purchase of the house and the ongoing property management.

What happens if we don't reach our goal?

All the perks will still be honored, regardless of the final outcome of the campaign. We could rent a house for a few years. Or we could use the money as a down payment.  A few investors have said they would cover any shortfall, so "not reaching the goal of buying a house" is not one of the possible outcomes.

Where does the money go?

The money will be used to buy a house, make any necessary repairs to make it livable, and purchase any necessary furniture and appliances. We will also reserve some money for ongoing household maintenance, utilities, and supplies. 

Other Ways You Can Help

If a financial contribution isn't an option, you can still help us by spreading the word about the campaign. Share it on Facebook, tweet about it, or email it to a friend who might be interested. This is a hefty goal and we can use all the help we can get!

Do you have an idea for another perk? We thought that might happen, so we reserved a few just in case. Make a compelling case for it on Twitter and we'll see what we can do. Find me @mistersterling

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

***FIND US AT www.vegastechhouse.com TO SEE THE EXCITING END TO THIS STORY.***

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$455USD
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$125,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on May 16, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $15USD
    Supporter

    Crowdfunding is new in the real estate industry. You contribution at this level shows your support for financing alternatives in home purchases, in addition to your support for the first crowdfunded house in Las Vegas. Your name will be listed on our website, we will link to your website, and you will be able to claim bragging rights as an early adopter or whatever you want to call yourself. :-) We will also publicly thank you on the platform of your choice (Twitter, Facebook, or Google+).

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $20USD
    Prepaid Accommodation #1

    A spot on a comfy couch for a night, or a spot on a sweet air mattress for a night (your choice!) Clearly, we won’t be able to accommodate hundreds of people on the same day, so we’re giving you TWO FULL YEARS to redeem this perk. As long as you’re not visiting Vegas on a busy conference weekend, it should be easy. Reservations will be handled on a first come, first served basis. Buy as many as you need.

    2 out of 730 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25USD
    Fashion Forward Supporter

    You like our project and you want to contribute. We’ll say something nice about you on the internet and you’ll be listed on our website as a contributor from now until forever. Eternal fame! The internet is amazing! Your Twitter handle will also be posted on the kitchen wall for eternity. PLUS, you get a limited edition Vegas Tech House t-shirt (the soft American Apparel kind, of course).

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $25USD
    Vegas Tech House Launch Party

    We are hosting a launch party for the Vegas Tech House on the opening night of SXSW V2V (August 11, 2013). You can expect all the usual features of a big conference party, and a few special features you probably haven't experienced. We take pride in our ability to throw proper parties in Las Vegas. You saw The Hangover, right? Just checking. :-) What a great gift for your entire staff! Buy a handful of tickets now to secure the low price of $25. ($40 retail)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $50USD
    Prepaid Accommodation #2

    A private room for one night, and one ticket for the Vegas Tech House launch party in August. Just like Prepaid Accommodation Option #1, we won’t be able to accommodate hundreds of people on the same weekend, so we’re giving you two years to redeem this perk. Reservations will be handled on a first come, first served basis. Buy as many as you need.

    1 out of 365 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $75USD
    Vegas Tech Hackathon

    One ticket to the Vegas Tech Hackathon weekend INCLUDING a ticket to the Vegas Tech House launch party in August. We already have commitments from several leaders in the tech community, in addition to a few angel investors and VCs who have agreed to judge the demos at the end of the weekend. We are leaving the number of attendees open because we can expand the space as needed. The more, the merrier! Hackathon dates are August 9th (evening only on the 9th) through August 11th.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Tech House Bedroom Sponsor

    Bedroom sponsorship is the best! You get to choose paint colors for one bedroom in the house and your name or company name will be mounted on a plaque on the bedroom door for visitors to admire for eternity. Fill the room with your marketing propaganda! Also includes a private room for two nights, and five tickets to the Vegas Tech House launch party.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $2,000USD
    Hackathon Sponsor

    The weekend hackathon will take place August 9th (evening only on the 9th) through August 11th. We have several high-profile entrepreneurs and VCs committed to judging the demos at the end of the hackathon. You and five members of your team will be given full access to the hackathon, the demo competition at the end of the hackathon, and your company will be featured in all of our hackathon marketing materials and web properties. Includes 5 tickets to the Vegas Tech House Launch Party.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Tech House Sponsor

    You will be named as an official partner of Vegas Tech House and you can decorate one common room with your company name, logo, and marketing materials. Includes your company name on a plaque on the front door, limo service to and from the airport on your next visit, and a helicopter ride for two over Las Vegas. Also, 10 tickets to the Vegas Tech House launch party. With hundreds of visitors expected every year, the marketing power of this perk will be worth every penny.

    0 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25,000USD
    Tech House AND Party Sponsor

    House sponsorship AND launch party sponsorship will earn you the enviable title as an official partner of the house. Your brand will be prominently displayed at the house and all over the web. You will have full decorating ability for one common room, a plaque on the front door, limo service to and from the airport on your next visit, and a helicopter ride for two over Las Vegas. Includes 25 tickets to the Vegas Tech House launch party, where your brand will be prominently featured. And more!

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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