Big Omaha – Showcasing the startup T-shirts of the Silicon PrairieMay 27, 2011 by Michael Stacy
It’s true what they all say: any more, it’s almost impossible to differentiate between Big Omaha and Paris Fashion Week — well, sans the Goyard-toting Kanye West, but we’re working on booking Yeezy for next year — because both events are all about who you’re wearing. The buzz around a Parisian runway — “Did you get a look at the latest Versace?” — is nearly indistinguishable from the chatter at KANEKO — “Have you seen the new Kiene?”
All right, so Big Omaha might be about a tad more — innovation, entrepreneurship, all that jazz — than just who you’re wearing. Even so, the influence of the T-shirt at our conference is undeniable. Sweet shirts are ubiquitous across the startup landscape, and that phenomenon really came into focus at Big Omaha. Every startup, it seemed, was sporting or slinging its schwag, and we did our best to document as many of the top threads as we could track down.
… and the back.
From Michigan’s maize and blue to the New York Jets’ hunter green and white and everything in between, Hudl‘s Kyle Murphy, Brett Kunz, Matt Mueller, David Graff and Bryant Bone showed their company’s true colors.
In a timeless example of life imitating T-Shirt, Rick Knudtson wore a shirt emblazoned with Tripleseat‘s three-seat logo while sitting, per our request, in the middle of — you guessed it — THREE SEATS!
Is Big Omaha a startup? Not exactly. Do we care? Not at all. So we’ll wrap this post up with a little shameless self-promotion, courtesy of the wardrobe of our own Danny Schreiber.