Today’s smartphone-powered world has reached a point that stories of autocorrect gone awry have achieved almost urban-legend status. Everyone, it seems, has an anecdote of autocorrect out of control. Heck, there are entire websites dedicated to the confusing, humorous and oftentimes excruciatingly awkward outcomes produced when a phone has a mind of its own.

Now, thanks to …

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There’s nothing quite like quality face time with enthusiastic users and a big IPO from a competitor to renew a startup’s zest for pursuing aggressive growth.
That’s a lesson learned recently by Brad Dwyer, the Panora, Iowa-based founder of Hatchlings. Dwyer created Hatchlings, a Facebook game that revolves around finding, collecting and hatching virtual Easter eggs, in 2008, when he was a student at Iowa State. A few years into the venture, Dwyer started mulling the idea of selling the company or otherwise reducing his involvement to free up time for other projects. …

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A new mobile app touted by its creators as “the first of its kind … created exclusively for Des Moines” aims to take the guesswork out of finding the top drink deals in Des Moines.

Let’s Drink, created by Punch Media of Des Moines, is an app designed to help users save money by finding the city’s best food and drink specials. The app is currently available for free download in the App Store, and an Android version …

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One of the fastest growing startups in the Kansas City area is making a big bet that its cards can trump the competition.

Front Flip, a customer engagement platform based in Overland Park, Kan., launched in the Kansas City market on Nov. 4 and already has about 300 businesses and nearly 40,000 individual users on board. That’s all for …

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After spending years on the East Coast and overseas working stints with TH Lee Putnam Ventures, Morgan Stanley and Citibank, Fred Coulson returned to his Midwestern roots in 2006, moving back to the Kansas City area to start Five Elms Capital. Five Elms, which makes investments of $1-10 million and works heavily with Midwestern businesses, made its first …

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The new president of the Nebraska Angels has two goals for 2012: “More members and more deals.”

Bart Dillashaw, a Lincoln attorney, succeeded Nebraska Angels founder John Brasch in October as the second president in the organization’s history. Dillashaw has been interested in technology and startups since attending college in Texas during the ’90s dot-com boom, and he previously practiced law in Silicon Valley before moving to Lincoln in July 2010.

“There’s something …

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Nebraska Global on Tuesday announced its latest investment: Beehive Industries, a company that makes infrastructure management software. The deal is the fourth announced in a span of 16 months by the Lincoln-based software investment fund, which was established in 2010 with the goal of launching 10 companies in five years.

“Beehive is an excellent fit …

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Hudl’s crib may not feature a 450-square-foot bed adorned with the Superman logo (a la Shaquile O’Neal’s) or an on-site helicopter pad (like 50 Cent’s). But, rest assured, the Lincoln-based startup’s space has its fair share of creature comforts.

Hudl, which makes web-based video and analysis tools for sports coaches, highlights some of those amenities in a video …

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