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Day: July 6, 2012

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Spend the next nine hours watching all of Big Omaha 2012 (Video)

By SPN Newsroom / July 6, 2012

With sweltering summer heat gripping the Midwest, the SPN meteorology team advises denizens of the Prairie to spend only sparing time outdoors. Instead, we recommend curling up in the cool of a climate-controlled environment in front of the web-enabled screen of your choice and enjoying our Big Omaha 2012 video playlist.

Earlier this week, we published the final couple videos in …

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Goodsmiths brings on former Better Homes exec, readies group buying

By SPN Newsroom / July 6, 2012

Often, startups are fueled by passion. For Deb Gore Ohrn, the decision to end her 18-year career at Meredith Corporation for an 18-month old startup was in following her heart.

“It was just like, ‘Oh my God, I need to be working with (Goodsmiths),’ ” Gore Ohrn said in a phone interview Tuesday.

That feeling was mutual. On top of her expertise and relationships in the world of crafters and makers – her resume includes six years as editor in chief/marketing director of the Better Homes and Gardens Crafts Group – Goodsmiths CEO James Eliason said her enthusiasm …

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Kum & Go connects with Bawte for summer promotion

By SPN Newsroom / July 6, 2012

Bawte, a social media application for sharing purchases, is getting some major marketing fuel this summer through a promotion run by Kum & Go, the nation’s fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain. Through the end of August, the West Des Moines-based chain is giving away a gift card weekly to someone who shares a fountain drink purchase on Bawte (left).

“For us to work with Kum & Go has been invaluable,” John Jackovin, co-founder …

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Bootstrapping isn’t for the faint of heart

By SPN Newsroom / July 6, 2012

(Guest post by Matt Watson.) Software developers are usually very good problem solvers. So are entrepreneurs. I think a lot of software developers want to start their own business, but they struggle to find the right business idea and problem to solve. I have always loved the challenge of a big problem and I am a third generation entrepreneur. So I would say it was in my blood. But like other developers, I always struggled with what kind of business to start. Lucky for me, one day the opportunity presented itself.

While I was in college I sold computers at Sears. On one random day a car dealer came in to buy a computer. He also needed some help with some software he had. Next thing you know, I was …

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