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We live in a world full of technology. Almost everything we do on a daily basis is assisted by some type of software or device. With new innovations being created every day, the job opportunities in the field of technology are endless. It was an everyday problem that spurred tech expert Dylan Bathurst to create Rumgr, an online garage sale app.
How did you get started in the tech field?
“I was actually pursuing my bachelor’s degree in networking and telecommunications. I began focusing more and more time on web development and one of my professors told me about this opportunity with Zappos in Las Vegas. I interviewed for the job, got the position and left school early to come and work for Zappos as a front-end web developer. My family actually thought I was crazy and made me promise that I would finish my degree. I ended up completing my degree online while working at Zappos.”
How did you come to create Rumgr?
“I was moving and had a garage full of stuff that I really didn’t want to move to the next place. I thought about having a garage sale but I was just too busy to set it all up. I ended up tweeting out pictures of the stuff I wanted to sell and it worked. Being in tech, I thought how great it would be to create an app or website for other people to sell their stuff. I went to a start-up weekend in downtown Las Vegas and found a team of people who eventually helped me co-found Rumgr.”
What do think the future of tech is for Las Vegas?
“The downtown tech movement has more and more startups emerging from Las Vegas. The VegasTechFund has funded between 30 and 40 startups alone. From that, a community is evolving made up of people who are passionate about growing companies and starting new ones. Most startups only begin with a few people, but as they expand, they start hiring contract and full-time people.”
What is your advice to someone considering working in technology?
“If you want a job in technology, set out to learn a skill really well. Build your skills by working with experienced people and take every opportunity you can find for internships.”
Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.