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Big Omaha Veteran, David Hauser’s New Book on Sale This Week

By SPN Team / September 16, 2019

In 2010, David Hauser, the founder of Grasshopper, joined Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson on the stage at Big Omaha. He introduced the now ubiquitous standing ovation before the talk that made Big Omaha and many other Silicon Prairie experiences special for speakers.  Today, he announced that he has published a new book about his…

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Research: State Funding Report for the Silicon Prairie

By Tom Chapman / September 16, 2019

2018 was a terrific year for the Silicon Prairie regarding venture dollars deployed.  More than $6.1B was deployed in the region.  While the number of companies receiving funds was about 8% lower (approximately 1450 companies were venture backed in the region), the amount of funding was up more than 34.5% from 2017 to 2018.  Thus,…

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Sidewalk Labs Spins Out Replica, Announces Series A

By Tom Chapman / September 13, 2019

On Thursday, Kansas City based Replica announced via blog post that it had moved from a product of Sidewalk Labs (in the Model Lab) to a separate company, called Replica.  The company also announced that it had raised $11 million in venture funding. In the blog post, Nick Bowden, Replica’s CEO and co-founder explained how…

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New Omaha Coworking Space Populus Supports the Physical and Mental Health of Entrepreneurs

By Tom McCauley / September 12, 2019

Mental health presents a serious concern for startups. The creativity, focus, discipline and long hours required to launch a business, let alone maintain and grow it, demands superhuman efforts from entrepreneurs and their staff. Add in an unhealthy lionizing of hustle culture, a volatile economy, chronic stress, a crowded marketplace, and the quotidian demands of…

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Editorial: Connecting Activities, an Appeal

By Tom Chapman / September 12, 2019

As some of you may know, I write many articles for Silicon Prairie News and have been a regular part of the Omaha and regional ecosystem for almost two decades.  I know many of the readers of Silicon Prairie News personally.  I appreciate your readership. SPN is a critical way that we connect with the…

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Large Series A Round for Minnesota Based 75F

By SPN Team / September 11, 2019

Last week, Twin Cities based 75F announced that the company had raised more than $18 million in a Series A round of financing led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Oil & Gas Climate Initiative.  Building Ventures, Revolution, and Clean Energy Trust participated in the round. The company was founded in 2012 and has been slowly…

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Gross-Wen Technologies Continues Strong 2019

By SPN Team / September 11, 2019

Ames, Iowa based Gross-Wen Technologies (“GWT”) filed paperwork with the SEC on Tuesday that it had raised an additional $1.25 million dollars.  The company which provides revolving algal biofilm system (“RAB”) to cost-effectively recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. GWT primarily serves customers (usually cities) that own wastewater treatment plants, and many…

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WalkWise Helps Seniors Walk…Wisely

By Razia Aziz-Seible / September 10, 2019

WalkWise Helping Seniors Walk…Wisely Last month, on August 21, World Senior Citizen Day was celebrated to not only honor elderly adults but to also raise awareness of issues affecting this growing demographic.  According to the 2019 revision of the UN DESA World Population Prospects, 21.4 % of the world’s population will be 60 years and…

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The 2019 AIM Heartland Developers Conference Brings Tech Talent, Businesses, Bigfoot Together

By Tom McCauley / September 9, 2019

The 16th annual AIM Heartland Developers Conference drew over 700 attendees to Omaha last week and covered a range of topics relevant to the modern developer in 45 breakout sessions, 3 keynote speeches, multiple hands-on workshops and a panel discussion. Technical presentations on trending topics such as machine learning, data hierarchy and regional cloud automation…

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Non-Dilutive Capital Grants Help Lincoln Startups

By SPN Team / September 9, 2019

LaunchLNK is a local program in Lincoln, Nebraska that helps startups find early stage, non-dilutive capital. LaunchLNK, and their partners provide $25,000 as a grant to early stage companies that agree to live and work in Lincoln for a year. This grant was modeled on programs in Buffalo, NY and St. Louis. In some instances,…

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