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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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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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Jarrett says Pipeline Innovator of the Year award is validating, surreal

February 3, 2014 by

Paul Jarrett's opinion of the Pipeline entrepreneurship program changed quickly. At the beginning, talked into it by friends and mentors, Jarrett went to the first interview in jeans and was surrounded by entrepreneurs with suits and briefcases. "I've never owned a briefcase in my life," he said. But by the end of it, after he was accepted and went through the year-long program, Jarrett was all in—and all nerves ...  read more

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Lincoln-based firm creates apps that use data to improve lives

September 4, 2013 by

Technically, Lincoln-based app shop SectorNow has a massive mission: to use data to improve people's lives. "We want to build really niche products that meet specific market needs that work really well for people," said co-founder Evelyn Bartlett (right). But ultimately, the company's focus is on two narrower areas that ignite its co-founders' personal passions: behavioral health (that's co-founder Craig Lutz-Priefert) and environmental issues (Bartlett and her husband, Roger)...  read more

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Ladies Who Launch connects female entrepreneurs in Lincoln

March 26, 2013 by

When Jill Thayer Liliedahl, founder of the frozen treat company Pop Art, and Amber Pankonin, creator of the health-oriented recipe app StirList, met on the Lincoln, Neb. startup scene, the pair began noticing a missing demographic at the events they were attending. Both women were startled by the lack of female entrepreneurs. "We would show up to all these startup events, and we were practically the only women there," Thayer Liliedahl said. "We wanted more to show up." Inspired by …  read more

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Tech exec creates messageQube to keep mom, older adults connected

March 6, 2013 by

Rob Sweeney says we're in the midst of a tech-based disconnect, and it's based on age. This generation of digital natives can master an iPhone by age four. But our grandparents could care less about hashtags, Facebook timelines and texting. That's where the failed connection happens. Kansas City native Sweeney sees a starightforward way to alleviate grandma's tech-based communication woes, and he calls it messageQube. The idea is simple: instead of teaching elderly relatives to use text messaging to communicate, messageQube acts as a receiver for the messages, and automatically prints them on a receipt-style sheet. That way, grandma can consume …  read more

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