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Tomorrow evening 250 official mentors, alumni, employees, staff/associates, and HackStars will fly to Las Vegas, Nevada for the annual Techstars reunion. As over 100 companies have now been through the program, we decided to hold the unconference festivities in Sin City this year in order to celebrate in style. As we grow and expand, it will be the first reunion for some and the third year for others.

Techstars prides itself on our deeply collaborative, tightly knit community. Now that the program is based out of various locations, the reunion is more important than ever. What better way to foster relationships and lay the groundwork for reciprocal connections than hosting the majority of our community in one place for a few days? …Yards of margaritas don’t hurt our cause either.

The reunion will consist of speakers, breakout sessions, paired dinners between companies we think have resources to offer one another, and a community happy hour that’s open to the Las Vegas tech community. Additionally, companies will be announcing to one another what they need help with and where they can offer their own expertise as well.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group, Don Dodge of Google, Ben Huh of Cheezburger Network, and serial entrepreneur Steve Blank for giving us their time speaking to attendees this weekend. A big thank you to Zappos too for graciously letting us tour their facilities while we’re in town. We like to think that a lot of our core values are the same as theirs so it’s a perfect outing.

If you’re in the Las Vegas entrepreneurial community and would like to meet some Techstars, please RSVP to this Saturday’s community happy hour here.

If you want to attend vicariously / virtually, follow all the goodness on Twitter: #tslv

Apply to Techstars. Schedule here.

David Cohen
(@davidcohen) Founder & Managing Partner of Techstars, previously founder of several technology companies. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com