Local worthies (both civic and commercial) will tell you there’s never been a better time to set up shop in Reno, and certainly, resources abound to help attract, incubate and expand new businesses.
These resources include the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), the Innevation Center to promote start-ups, the Reno Collective work space for entrepreneurs, the Rethink Reno website that promotes the city’s economic opportunities, and a small group of new venture capital funds.
Technology firms are an important focus of these efforts, says Doug Erwin, vice president of entrepreneurial development at EDAWN.
“Tech companies in particular hire a much larger percentage of people at a higher wage. The higher the wage, the more local economic impact.”
We’ve all heard of Tesla’s battery gigafactory and Switch’s $1 billion data center, but many local technology companies are smaller start-ups, often at the leading-edge of their sectors.
What are some of these companies? What do they make or provide? And who are the people running them?
With these questions in mind, RENO Magazine sat down with co-founders from a trio of Reno tech firms. Two of the businesses are transplants, one is homegrown, and all started within the last three years.
The co-founders, entrepreneurs each younger than 35, are helping to transform the perception of Reno and the city’s economic future.
- Katie Lay, 31, co-founder and vice president of sales and business development, CAEK Inc.
- Mykle Gaynor, 34, co-founder and chief technology officer, Click Bio
- Robert Armstrong, 32, co-founder and senior vice president of product and technology, Bombora
Read the full article at rgj.com.