Patrick Olson

Real Estate Development in Las Vegas, Nevada

My passion is in the conception and realization of innovative developments. I have direct experience in businesses large and small, as an entrepreneur and an employee, and sitting on both sides of negotiations. I thrive in the cross-section of thinking and doing. I believe in the First Principles approach to problems and obsess over the customer experience in everything I build.

I am currently working on two ground-up, commercial real estate developments in the Las Vegas valley. Their mixed-use concepts will be a shift for the City. I am also guiding a lifestyle center's retail programming to help them adapt to the changing retail environment.

I previously ran portfolio operations for VTF Capital, a $50mm venture capital firm investing in the future of retail. The portfolio includes 90+ companies notably, General Assembly, and SpaceX. I also co-founded two startups, SHIFT and Work In Progress. SHIFT was a venture-backed, multimodal transportation company with a mission to connect people to the places and experience they care about. Work In Progress is the first company to bring co-working, mentorship, classes, and workshops to Las Vegas.

Before venturing into the exciting world of entrepreneurship and investing, I worked at Zappos as a Software Engineer and was then recruited to lead the operations team and LEED Gold development of's new headquarters in downtown Las Vegas. It was an entire gut and remodel of three buildings with a total of over 250,000 square feet spread across six acres. The development was a perfect example of what happens when two tech guys with no direct experience implement First Principles thinking and an obsessive focus on the customer. The new office receives extensive PR and is consistently ranked as one of the best and coolest offices in the country. You can see it for yourself by taking one of their world class tours.

When I'm not working, I can be found with my beautiful wife Kara, amazing twins Atlas and Skye, Audio doggie, friends, and family exploring the world and living life to the fullest.

Thank you for learning about me!

  • Work
    • Break Beta
  • Education
    • B.S. Computer Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas