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Kansan launches Kickstarter-like VetLaunch for veterans

VetLaunch August 22, 2014 by

At one point in his military career, Sean McIntosh was in charge of a $14 million training budget. Now the former Navy SEAL said he has a tough time borrowing a $5,000 business card. “There’re probably 5,000 veterans with my same problem,” McIntosh, 33, said in a recent telephone interview. It’s a tale as old as Vietnam, at least in a modern-warfare sense. The ex-soldier, emerging from a world of high-pressure decision-making and million-dollar responsibilities, reintegrates into a society that can only offer him or her a lackluster civilian workload.  read more

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Emerging Business CFO helps startups have full-time financial focus

Photo from Emerging Business CFO August 19, 2014 by

Dan Schmidt, CEO of The Emerging Business CFO (EBCFO), thinks accountants can do better work for their clients. "I look around and I see a hole in services provided to entrepreneurs and small business owners. You can get great bookkeeping and tax work done, and there are talented people in the industry, then it stops," Schmidt told SPN. "It’s basically numbers on a sheet of paper and then a small business owners says thanks, shoves it in a drawer, never looks at it again and it doesn’t help anyone. "It needs to be more than numbers on a page. People need someone willing to sit down with them, to do the work, but also tell them what it all means."  read more

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Startup Spaces: Red Nova Labs space captures company spirit

June 10, 2014 by

Over the last three years, Red Nova Labs has made its Kansas City office not only a place to work but also a reflection of its culture and spirit. "This open and configurable space allows for 2:30 p.m. ping pong breaks, edgy workspaces and inter-office Nerf gun wars and are just the edge pieces of how we use the space," Red Nova Labs' marketing coordinator Katelyn Wyss told SPN. "At the heart of our office, we have an environment where talent is rewarded, ambition is applauded and everyday work is actually fun."  read more

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Women tech groups blossom in Nebraska, but there’s room to grow

May 14, 2014 by

Women-led tech groups are growing in Nebraska and leaders say it's because there's a need for camaraderie, personal growth and networking among women in tech. In the last two years, five Nebraska-based groups have grown in an attempt to change the tide in the male-dominated fields of science, tech, engineering and math. That's partially why software engineer Sandi Barr co-founded Omaha Women Coding, an organization that launched last week.  read more

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UNO alum, Tile co-founder Nick Evans shares how he found direction

April 4, 2014 by

Nick Evans has always been fascinated with how to get a lot more done with less work. A Nebraska native, Evans created a $20 piece of hardware, Tile, that users attach to anything they’re prone to lose—phone, remote, car keys. Syncing with iOS devices, users can seek out their stuff along with the help of trusted friends and family also dialed into their network. His light-hearted, easy-going attitude is underscored by an intense motivation, highlighted by his impressive resume ...  read more

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Prairie Portrait: Ari Kern of UP Global

March 25, 2014 by

Quote I might have said: “They ought to take chances. Not taking chances will lead to a life of colorless mediocrity. They’ll be comfortable. But something in their spirit will be missing.” — Carlos Hortas, Dean of Yale University (So I didn't say it, but sounds like me.)  read more

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