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Tractor Zoom bridges farmers and machinery auctioneers

By Laura Neesen / May 14, 2019

Tractor Zoom is the creator of a platform designed to digitally connect farmers with equipment auctioneers across North America. Founder Kyle McMahon grew up in Fairfield, a small ag community in southeast Iowa. His work ethic and love for equipment led him to start a lawn and landscaping business. He sold the business to fund…

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Lincoln-based BasicBlock continues expansion and evolution

By SPN Team / May 10, 2019

  In a recent Facebook post, Taylor Monks, the CEO of BasicBlock, revealed that the company had received angel investment from world-famous angel investor, Jason Calacanis. This investment comes on the heels of BasicBlock receiving a Lincoln Launch grant. These fundings and the inherent support are signals of the significant growth and evolution of BasicBlock…

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Major Midwest HIT merger positions Sioux Falls as leading startup/health tech hub

By Laura Neesen / May 9, 2019

Sioux Falls-based DocuTAP and Illinois-based Practice Velocity – two of the biggest names in EHR/on-demand healthcare – just announced their official merger this morning to become newly formed company Experity. Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, has merged DocuTAP and Practice Velocity— the two leaders and innovators in the…

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43 new hires join Sojern at GloCon

By Laura Neesen / May 9, 2019

                    Sojern wraps up its 8th annual Global Employee Conference, or “GloCon” as it is popularly known, today in Omaha. The conference, held in Omaha for the first time, is an opportunity for the entire Sojern team to gather for training, team building, company planning, and…

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BuddyBrands on the cutting edge of pet science

By SPN Team / April 24, 2019

Wichita-based BuddyBrands started by building better beds to help canines get their sleep.  The company has expanded its offerings to include so much more. The BuddyRest story begins seven years ago when company Co-founder, Trevor Crotts’ labradoodle, Buddy, visited the vet. Crotts happened to be a corporate trainer in the mattress industry at the time,…

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Columbia, Missouri-based StoryUP creates Healium…virtual escapes to quiet the mind

By SPN Team / April 24, 2019

Sarah Hill, founder and CEO of StoryUP is building technology to help people cope more effectively and peacefully with stress in their lives. The company has developed the world’s first augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) platform powered by wearables that “listen” to user’s brainwaves and biometrics. Healium’s mindfulness platform is powered by the…

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Midwest eSports puts the “sport” in video gaming

By SPN Team / April 23, 2019

Video gaming has always been a fiercely competitive pastime. Those who are old enough surely remember hunkering down into a game after school and bickering with their siblings over the Atari joystick for a crack at Pitfall! or Frogger. (For those who are too young to have relished in the joy of the successful virtual…

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TruckPark gears up to launch parking app for truck drivers

By SPN Team / April 22, 2019

  TruckPark is set to launch its TruckPark App on Monday, May 6, bringing the company’s parking platform live to truck drivers over the road. TruckPark is a real-time inventory management and booking platform that connects truck drivers with safe and available parking along their routes. The company is based in Chicago, the nation’s third…

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