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Our 10 favorite Nebraska startup stories of 2016

Liberty’s Valerie Lefler and Shashank Gajjala. Photo by Jess Sodeke.

Silicon Prairie News covers the tech startup scene across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Here are our most popular stories from Nebraska this year:

1. Quantified Ag’s LED tags light up to identify sick cattle (Lincoln)

Nebraska’s famous “fitbit for cows” startup Quantified Ag, founded by Vishal Singh, has continued to move forward this year. As of August, they were waiting for FCC approval before entering the market.

2. E-commerce company Spreetail wants “to make a dent in the universe” (Lincoln)

Lincoln-based Spreetail talked with SPN in January about their rebrand from VM Innovations.

3. Why ScoreVision could be the next Hudl (Omaha)

SPN sat down with Omaha-based veteran entrepreneurs Gordon Whitten and David Sutter to talk about the founding of ScoreVision, their digital scoreboard cloud platform and the future of their company. ScoreVision won this year’s Emerging Business award at the AIM Tech Celebration in Omaha this fall.

4. Meet Liberty, the Uber-like service built for rural America (Lincoln)

Liberty, one of Nebraska’s most exciting startups, has been making waves this year after exiting the NMotion accelerator in Lincoln. Following our SPN story, the company was profiled by The Atlantic’s CityLab.

5. Bulu goes on hiring spree to expand Bulu Marketplace (Lincoln)

In May SPN caught up with Bulu Box as they develop their data analysis platform Bulu Insights into the Bulu Marketplace platform. This fall the company released a new Bulu Marketplace web site and announced another round of funding with Invest Nebraska.

6. Feloh’s computer vision helps shoppers find the fastest line (Omaha)

Feloh helps grocery shoppers find the fastest line, every time with an intuitive lighting system and computer vision. Following our SPN profile, Feloh received additional coverage from the Omaha World-Herald and Omaha television news KMTV.

7. Hudl celebrates nearly 10 years of stunning growth at Topping Out ceremony (Lincoln)

Just a couple of weeks shy of their 10th anniversary, sportstech company Hudl celebrated by raising the final beam to the top of their new world headquarters in April.

8. Crumb hopes to revolutionize the healthcare industry with its data-sharing platform (Omaha)

SPN sat down with Crumb‘s Luis Lopez and talked about how their product hopes to untangle the mess of patient data in order to save lives.

9. Hookline wants to transform the property management industry (Omaha)

Founder Zane Jones shares the story of how he took his property leasing CRM idea to experts at Grain & Mortar and Agape Red to develop Hookline.

10. Why Silicon Valley startup Monolith expanded to Lincoln, Nebraska (Lincoln)

This fall Monolith Materials has announced plans to open the first large-scale carbon black plant in the U.S. in over 30 years in Lincoln, Nebraska. The company projected in October that they will potentially create 600 new jobs and invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Nebraska over the long term.

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