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How Lyndsay Clark helped design Gravitate to be the community’s center

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(Guest post by Lyndsay Clark) In recent years, another buzzword has been added to our ever growing lexicon in the tech world: co-working. The idea of collaborative working was established in response to a frustration many experienced while working independently or remotely for an organization from their home or a coffee shop. These frustrations led them to form a space shared by other organizations with amenities similar to an office and exploded after people came to realize the value of working with like-minded people where spontaneous interactions could lead to new thoughts and ideas.  read more

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John Jackovin: Are we where we need to be?

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(Guest post by John Jackovin) I am sure this is a question many companies ask themselves. Am I far enough along? Have I made enough progress? Techstars’, like most all accelerators, goal is to get you “ready” to exit the program. This means different things for every company. The ambiguity revolves around what “ready” means for Bawte…  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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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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