For about four weeks of classes for about $450 at the Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nick Freed learned the skills necessary to become a competitive job candidate for an entry-level material handler position at Panasonic, which is manufacturing batteries for the Tesla Gigafactory. And, because the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Truckee Meadows recently made money available to qualified applicants, he will be fully reimbursed for completing the program.
Inspired by his sister’s challenges with learning, eBravium co-founder and University MBA student, Cody Grimes, set out to create a software program that combines screen time learning and academic performance. The result is eBravium – a software that gamifies smart devices by making access contingent upon correctly answering academic questions correctly. For his innovation, Grimes was awarded $50,000 Monday, March 27 in the Sixth Annual Sontag Entrepreneurship Competition, during a luncheon held at Harrah’s Reno.
The Biggest Little City just scored a big milestone. The first building in Switch’s Citadel Campus officially opened for business at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Reno-Sparks earlier this month. Called “Tahoe Reno 1,” the 130-megawatt facility is one of several data center buildings planned for the project.
We have been interviewing job candidates for a couple of openings we have, and it looks like there is finally a positive shift towards a growing talent pool. With the predictions of unprecedented new job growth in the region, many employers have been worried about a shortage of qualified employees, but the latest batch of resumes we have been reviewing include more out-of-town candidates than we have ever seen.
Cleaning up old nuclear waste sites around the country is a long, expensive and dangerous process – and autonomous robot research at the University of Nevada, Reno promises to help that process with a combination of advanced, intelligent, autonomous aerial and ground robots with a new level of perception, navigation and planning abilities.
The use of broad data sets provides corporations with the ability to crunch tremendous amounts of customer data to identify trends and make good decisions. For a tiny handful of cutting-edge companies, the same disciplined use of data for day-to- day decision-making provides a solid pathway to success. Bristlecone Holdings, a fast-growing financial technology company headquartered in Reno’s Midtown District, demonstrates the wide-ranging importance of using data as a business tool. The company’s very existence depends on data utilization.
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.