New, existing and relocating technology companies are making Nevada home in both metro and rural areas, bringing innovation across the board. So far, specific technology clusters have not developed. Nevada is seeing everything from bioscience to construction and telecommunications to entertainment. “In a lot of cities you have a sector that’s doing well or a place where it’s mostly big companies or all start-ups,” said Dave Archer.
Economic development in Nevada has a direct, deliberate, effect on Nevada’s technology industry. Then again, Nevada’s technology industry is having a definite effect on economic development. It’s like the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercials – where the collision of chocolate and peanut butter create a happy symbiosis. In this case, the combination is intentional. Technology is one of the industry sectors pinpointed by economic development authorities. Steps taken to attract technology companies to Nevada have paid off.
The allure of Reno is its promise and potential to become a vibrant technology city without all of the downsides of a tech capital like Silicon Valley. If we can attract Tesla, Switch, Microsoft and Apple, but keep at bay the sky-high commercial real estate prices, snarled traffic and exorbitant housing prices, Reno will remain a magnet to maturing technology and logistics companies.
Apple, Microsoft and a host of other technology companies have announced or will be announcing new smart watches, smart phones and other electronic gadgets that will connect to other smart gadgets and to the Internet of Things (IoT). I am not sure this will make anyone smarter, but as you dive into how technology advancements are contributing to our health, security and convenience, it is apparent that the trajectory is towards solutions for human inefficiencies, inadequacies and discomfiture.
We often wonder how people like Walt Disney, Steve Jobs or George Lucas developed such creative and innovative minds. Ideas just seem to effortlessly roll off their tongue and onto the pages of history. Are they more creative than the rest of us? How did they get that way?
The most salient aspect of technology is its power to disrupt. The important innovations are the ones that change our world so profoundly that the previous order becomes not only untenable, but unthinkable. Yet the true impact begins not with invention, but adoption. That’s when the second and third-order effects kick in. After all, the […]
A distant hum slowly turned into a throaty roar as Steve Rosa ventured deeper along a dirt road just 20 miles east of Reno. As Rosa approached a clearing, the culprits were revealed. Carving and shaping a stretch of land surrounded by hills and sagebrush was an assembly of bulldozers, excavators and other heavy equipment […]