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Former KC startup myEDmatch wins SXSW V2V edtech pitch competition

By SPN Team / July 17, 2014

Yesterday myEDmatch was named the education technology winner of the V2Venture pitch competition at SXSW V2V in Las Vegas. Out of more than 200 applicants, myEDmatch—a job-matching site for educators that connects schools and teachers based on missions—pitched against five other finalists innovating in the education space.

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Code School project Unfound Sounds is a treasure hunt for local vinyl

By SPN Team / July 3, 2014

On July 6, Omaha, Lincoln and Sioux Falls residents will be unleashed on a respective citywide scavenger hunt for local vinyl music. Their only ally? A series of hints on the Internet.

Unfound Sounds is one of Michael Todd’s Omaha Code School projects, one he created with Ruby and jQuery.

“I needed to build a blog for class, but wanted to build something with a little more creativity and longevity,” Todd said. “Hopefully it builds community, too, but I think it’s just for fun.”

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St. Louis-based CRM optimization startup TopOPPS raises $700K

By SPN Team / March 19, 2014

TopOPPS, the St. Louis-based startup intent on optimizing sales pipelines for companies, has received $700,000 in seed funding, including $250,000 from venture capital firm Cultivation Capital and the rest from its founder, Jim Eberlin, and private investors. The startup uses big data, analytics and algorithms to create efficiency for sales executives by letting them “react…

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Sarah Snyder named partner at Think Big, will head up partnerships

By SPN Team / March 19, 2014

Think Big Partners on Tuesday announced Sarah Snyder as the newest partner at the company, which produces events and hosts an accelerator and co-working space. She started in 2010 as a volunteer and then come on full time first as an event planner, and has also managed the co-working space the last few years. In…

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Bawte nabs second place in ReleaseIT at SXSW pitch competition

By SPN Team / March 7, 2014

Des Moines startup Bawte gained some national recognition Friday when co-founder John Jackovin took second place in the ReleaseIT at SXSW pitch competition. “It’s always a good idea to pitch any time you can,” Jackovin told the Des Moines Register. “Being at SXSW, it makes it an even better idea. While I would have loved to have won it, getting second…

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