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Look who’s coming in for Big Omaha!

As we mentioned a few weeks ago when tickets went on sale, we have a few more surprises up our sleeves!

Without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce the following folks who are coming in to join the slate of speakers already on board.

Rachelle Hruska – Guest of a Guest

Kicking things off is our master of ceremonies Rachelle Hruska, a Nebraska native, Creighton University alum and co-founder of Guest of a Guest, a new media website chronicling the social and cultural lives of young New Yorkers. With readership on the rise, Guest of a Guest has expanded its offices to the Hamptons, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.





Justin Shaffer – Hot Potato

Justin Shaffer is the Founder and CEO of Hot Potato, an early-stage startup connecting friends and fans around live events. Prior to founding Hot Potato, Justin served as Senior Vice President, New Media at MLB Advanced Media L.P., the online arm of Major League Baseball. Justin is a proven innovator in the technology sector and he and his team have been widely recognized for their efforts building MLB.com.




Melody McCloskey – StyleSeat

Melody McCloskey is the Co-Founder of StyleSeat, a company helping small businesses grow using the web. Previously, she managed video analytics and started the digital distribution department at Current TV. Melody is obsessed with entrepreneurship and helping business owners thrive.





Danae Ringelmann – IndieGoGo

Danae Ringelmann is the Co-Founder of IndieGoGo, an online crowdfunding platform for ideas created to democratize fundraising. With a passion for helping artists and entrepreneurs embrace the DIWO (Do-It-With-Others) approach, Danae serves as an advisor to The Conversation, a grassroots gathering of filmmakers, investors, entrepreneurs and journalists interested in the new opportunities technology is presenting. Fast Company recently named Danae one of the Top 50 Women Innovators in Technology.




And last, but certantly not least, we’re excited to welcome back Gary Vaynerchuk!

Gary Vaynerchuk – WinelibraryTV

Gary Vaynerchuk is the Founder of WinelibraryTV and the New York Times bestselling author of “Crush It! Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion.” Through Gary’s dedication and hustle, he helped take his family’s business, Winelibrary, from $3 million to $45 million in a few short years. Gary’s most recent project includes working alongside his brother AJ to launch VaynerMedia, a social media storytelling agency. 




Stay tuned as we’ll have a few more folks joining the party which we’ll announce over the next few weeks!

If you haven’t already purchased your ticket, do so quickly as seats are seriously filling up fast.

Lastly, we regret to inform you that David Heinemeier Hansson had a scheduling conflict arise and isn’t going to be able to make this year’s event. However, he’s assured us that he’s more than excited to join the slate of 2011 speakers. If you have already purchased a ticket just for David, we’d be happy to issue a refund. Email us at info@bigomaha.com.

Thanks for being such an amazing community and we look forward to bringing you another stellar event in just over a month.

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