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Omaha startup softball team fails to win even just one game

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The Fightin' Prairie Dogs, the Omaha startup community's slow pitch softball team, ended its dismal season Monday night. The team went 0-13. That's right: They didn't even win one single, lousy game. The team, put together and funded as part of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce's Event Draft, had players from Aviture, Elevate, GoodTwin, Omaha Code School, Pack, Silicon Prairie News, Startup Genome and more.  read more

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What’s it like to pitch Shark Tank producers? Iowa entrepreneurs share

July 22, 2014 by

Last week ABC reality show "Shark Tank" hosted an open casting call in Des Moines and more than 100 entrepreneurs and inventors turned out for an opportunity to swim with the sharks. It's still too soon to say if any of the companies that pitched last Monday will make it on to the show's taping. But in the meantime, we asked a couple Iowa entrepreneurs who came out for the event to tell us, in their own words, about the experience and what they learned from pitching the producers of "Shark Tank."  read more

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Candid advice to CEOs and founders building teams, mistakes included

May 31, 2014 by

To all startup founders and CEOs, freakishly celebrate and learn from your mistakes. There 's no greater teacher when it comes to building your company. Thursday's second installment of our Let’s Talk session, hosted in partnership with Missouri Bank, was a great reminder of this and drove home that there is no playbook for how you build a team and culture. As our small group gathered around the table to talk about building a team—recruiting talent, the interview process, building culture and local startup examples of how it's done, performance and accountability—it was clear this is the most critical, painful, semi-miserable and rewarding part of building a startup.  read more

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OCS Blog: No more homework or projects, it’s time to find where we fit

May 19, 2014 by

(Guest post by Andy von Dohren) The last two weeks have been a lot of work. I'm not talking about project work, which can actually be a lot of fun. I'm talking about mock interviews, resume writing, portfolio building and documentation writing work. Omaha Code School has done a lot for us over the last 12 weeks. They've taught us, helped us overcome difficult problems and provided mentors for us to learn from. But at no point have they been more helpful than the last two weeks. Lately we have been working on getting all our work ready to show to potential employers.  read more

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EntreFEST arrives on Wednesday: 5 things to know before it begins

May 13, 2014 by

(Guest post by Amanda Styron, co-founder and CEO of Seed Here Studio and one of the organizers behind EntreFEST.) EntreFEST is a celebration of those who make Iowa awesome: the entrepreneurs creating the future prosperity, vibrancy, companies and communities of our state. Part summit, part festival and part resource hub, there’s a lot happening at EntreFEST 2014 in three short days. If you haven’t yet, register online.  read more

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OCS Blog: Working with a client is a powerful thing

May 5, 2014 by

(Guest post by Andy von Dohren) Having a client is a powerful thing. We started on a group project last week for SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer, a local organization that makes sock monkeys for cancer patients. Their founder, Jen Windrum, went through a devastating lung cancer case with her mother, who sadly passed away last year. Her mother lived 2,000 miles away, and she wanted to give her mother something she could keep with her during appointments and procedures when she couldn't attend.  read more

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Three things I learned from Gary Vaynerchuk’s new social media book

May 2, 2014 by

In March, I wrote a post about starting an entrepreneurial-themed book club in Des Moines. While we're still trying to figure out some of the logistics, as of last week we wrapped up Des Moines' Startup Book Club's first book: "Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook" by Gary Vaynerchuk. I've never been a big fan of book reviews, but because the point of our Startup Book Club is to learn something new, I decided to share some of the social media lessons I learned along the way. Think of this as a highlight reel of sorts if you happen to be too busy to pick up Vaynerchuk's book yourself.  read more

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