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Creating a culture of self-care and wealth equity in the software industry

By Henry Nunn / January 22, 2020

Gv Freeman wanted to cultivate joy and reduce suffering in the software industry. Having grown up feeling out-of-the-loop in Central Nebraska, the St. Louis-based entrepreneur burned extra hours to find opportunities in the tech industry. Self-care wasn’t a priority. It wasn’t even on his radar. In true startup spirit, he singlemindedly drove himself to build…

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Top 10 Vacation Reads From Travefy

By Chris Hegarty / June 7, 2019

Lincoln-based Travefy specializes in providing travel itineraries to travel professionals. The Travefy team are the experts on travel, so who better to ask about the potential top reads of summer? Silicon Prairie News talked with David Chait, Travefy’s CEO, and he graciously asked for book recommendations from their team. Here are their top ten books…

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Ensmarten Saturday: International IP issues for startups

By SPN Newsroom / October 13, 2018

By Beau Jackson Congratulations! You have developed or launched an innovative new product or service, and your business dreams are becoming a reality. It’s all very exciting. One thing you may not have considered much, however, is whether your innovations or brand are susceptible to infringement in the international context. Will competitors try to make…

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Extra cash for startups using the R&D tax credit

By Cedar Robinson and Bruce Warner / January 18, 2018

by Cedar Robinson and Bruce Warner, Managing Directors of Warner Robinson LLC Many start-ups or early stage companies are looking to generate additional cash or to save operating expenses.  Likewise, most start-up companies are developing either a new product, new software, new manufacturing processes, or a new service that relies on software and technology.  …

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Our productive time is capped, so let’s get better at saying “No” more often

By SPN Newsroom / November 20, 2014

(Guest post by Matthew Paulson) I simply tried to do too many things at once. I thought I was helping people by saying “Yes” to everybody, but I was really doing them a disservice because I wasn’t doing anything well. I was doing a lot of things poorly. I had no margin in my life and areas of my life that should be important were taking a backseat to less important things.

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Checking the pulse of the Midwest’s entrepreneurial future

By SPN Newsroom / November 18, 2014

(Guest post by Robert Hatta) It’s 11:30 p.m. on a Friday and 1,200 computer science and engineering students surround me. They have come from across the country to the University of Michigan’s north campus to participate in MHacks, a career fair mashed up with a weekend-long tech orgy where sleep-deprived geeks try to build the next big app. On stage is a senior engineer from a big tech company, offering a $500 AR drone, $1000 cash and (presumably) a job to each member of the team that wins their sponsored challenge.

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Interface Web School bucking trend for women in tech with fall enrollment

By SPN Newsroom / November 12, 2014

( Guest post by Shonna Dorsey) OMAHA—On a national level, women enroll in college at a rate of 68 percent versus 63 percent of men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

However, women only make up 26 percent of the U.S. tech workforce. Plenty of attention has been given to this topic with various groups around country shedding light and inciting change including Black Girls Code, National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) among others. Even Miss USA is leading a charge to inspire girls and young women to learn to code.

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Kansas policymakers, entrepreneurs buck trend, pass bill

By SPN Team / May 5, 2013

(Guest post by Melissa Roberts) It’s tornado season, and there’s a storm brewing in Kansas. Government bureaucrats and startups are churning toward each other. But lately, when they meet, they’re working together to encourage lightning-fast Internet around our state. In a time when political ire is at an all-time high, it can be shocking to see state government leaders and local businesses work together toward a larger goal.

Enter Kansas H.B. 2326, a bill that encouraged a hands-off approach to regulation of Internet-based networks. …

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The beta: Its value to the startup, customer and investor

By SPN Team / August 5, 2012

One of the most important things that a startup can do is find a good group of beta customers. Good beta customers have some key characteristics. In some ways it is like Corinthians 13:

Beta customer is patient, beta customer is kind. Beta customer does not envy, beta customer does not boast, it is not proud. Beta customer does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Beta customer does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Beta Customer …

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