Day: June 4, 2013

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Be “less hipster,” add opinion and eight more reader survey takeaways

By SPN Team / June 4, 2013

Fresh off a Big events season and the addition of a Des Moines editor, our newsroom team of three is taking a look at how we can better cover the Silicon Prairie startup community. We have our own ideas, of course, but we really want to hear what’s important to you.

With this in mind, we recently published a reader survey. More than 200 responses have been submitted so far—208 to be exact—but we’re hoping …

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Karen Linder starts, sells and invests in companies

By SPN Team / June 4, 2013

If you follow Nebraska startup news, Jim and Karen Linder should be familiar names by now. The husband-and-wife investment team has put money into 20 companies, including SkyVu Entertainment, Bulu Box, Travefy and EyeVerify. But what probably isn’t too familiar …

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Boutique Window brings in $650k from Nebraska Global, Nelnet

By SPN Team / June 4, 2013

Two weeks ago, Ella Wirtz and Courtney Rodgers launched their marketing software following three months of private tests with around two-dozen stores. This week, nine months into their startup journey, the duo announced their latest milestone: Boutique Window closed a $650,000 Series A round.

The new capital, which comes from software investment firm Nebraska Global, education company Nelnet and an undisclosed investor, will allow the company …

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New Kansas City event hopes to inspire teen innovation

By SPN Team / June 4, 2013

After years of owning his own small business, William Robison’s children had begun to ask questions about owning their own business someday.

“As a business owner for as long as they can remember, they have only witnessed this side of the world,” he said. “As they mature, I challenge them to explore opportunities of their own.”

But Robison didn’t see many entrepreneurially-minded events geared toward teenagers. So he brought …

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