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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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Following TMone exit, Anthony Marlowe gets behind Iowa startups

January 21, 2014 by

If you think Anthony Marlowe's name looks familiar, you're probably right. Over the last decade, there have been countless stories about Marlowe's business-process outsourcing company TMone, which was acquired by Jacksonville, Fla.-based Enhanced Recovery Company earlier this year. He's been named one of Inc.'s "25 Youngest CEOs from the Inc. 5,000 list" and he just became the co-owner of a NASCAR team ...  read more

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Ryan Weber off to busy start at helm of KCnext

March 16, 2012 by

It's been less than two months since Ryan Weber took the helm of KCnext - The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, and the agenda is full. KCnext aims to promote the area's tech sector by supporting its community and the tech industry as a whole through publicity, education and building employment opportunities. As we reported earlier this year, Weber took over in mid-January as the first president of the newly-formed organization, which is a fusion of the Software and Information Technology Association of Kansas (SITAKS) and a previous iteration of KCnext. Since then, Weber has focused on eliciting feedback from his members and planning events. …  read more

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New Nebraska Angels head Dillashaw seeks more members, deals in 2012

December 26, 2011 by

The new president of the Nebraska Angels has two goals for 2012: "More members and more deals." Bart Dillashaw, a Lincoln attorney, succeeded Nebraska Angels founder John Brasch in October as the second president in the organization’s history. Dillashaw has been interested in technology and startups since attending college in Texas during the '90s dot-com boom, and he previously practiced law in Silicon Valley before moving to Lincoln in July 2010. "There's something …  read more

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With local investing approach, Nelnet aims for a ‘better community’

December 7, 2011 by

For Lincoln-based Nelnet, investing in local startups is part business and part contributing to an "ecosystem" of strong startups and growing businesses in Nebraska. "If we can create a better environment in our community for startups, technology, whatever it is, that's only going to benefit Nelnet," said Ben Kiser, Nelnet's managing director of communication services. Creating a community with more …  read more

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Arthur Ventures’ Tadd Tobkin talks investment strategy (Video)

May 11, 2011 by

When we talked to Tadd Tobkin of Arthur Ventures for the story published Monday about the Fargo, N.D.-based venture capital firm, Tobkin was so generous with his insights that we couldn't squeeze everything into one post. So, we've compiled a collection of noteworthy excerpts from our interview with Tobkin that didn't quite make the cut for Monday's story. Included in the video are Tobkin's take on what he looks for in potential portfolio companies, why Arthur Ventures takes such a hands-on approach to venture capital and what it will take to get successful Midwestern entrepreneurs to consistently reinvest in local startups. …  read more

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Herb Sih is spurring Kansas City entrepreneurs to ‘Think Big’

February 18, 2011 by

As the managing partner of Think Big Partners, Think Big Kansas City and bizperc, Herb Sih has been busy over the last three years (Left, photo from Most recently, Think Big announced a collaboration with Angel Capital Group, a Tennessee-based investment group, to launch 4-6 companies in an incubator right here in Kansas City. The Think Big KC incubator is based on the Y Combinator/TechStars proof-of-concept model. Founders apply with a business plan and receive a little funding, along with some legal and marketing help, and 90 days of…  read more

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