For startups, Las Vegas is a beautifully clean slate

While it’s easy to be skeptical of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s grand vision to make Las Vegas a startup hotbed, the companies that have moved to the desert are confident they made the right decision, in part because Las Vegas isn’t Silicon Valley.

PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at Ivanpah, a game-changing solar farm

A first-of-its-kind, massive solar thermal farm that uses mirrors to tap into the sun’s heat, is under construction in the desert in California, a short drive from Las Vegas. In a rare opportunity I got a chance to take a tour. Here are my photos.