Inaugural VentureBeat BLUEPRINT conference held in Reno

How to close the “opportunity gap” for inland entrepreneurial markets was discussed at the inaugural VentureBeat BLUEPRINT conference held in Reno in early March, a key influencer told the April meeting of Entrepreneurship Nevada.

Doug Erwin, Vice President, Entrepreneurial Development for the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, said coastal locations like Seattle and the Silicon Valley leave opportunity gaps for the rest of the country.

The three-day meeting focused on creating a national conversation, Erwin said, but the 300 tech CEOs, venture capitalists and others attending discovered Reno offers a quality of life not found elsewhere despite lingering perceptions of the area as a smaller Las Vegas.

The region is getting lots of interest as a dynamic and growing market, Erwin said, adding, “The cool thing for Reno is people are talking. Reno’s image is getting better.”