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Infotec 2020 Moves to Kaneko

By SPN Newsroom / February 7, 2020

Early-bird registration for Infotec 2020 is now open! Powered by the AIM Institute, Infotec is the Silicon Prairie’s premier annual business tech community gathering. Infotec 2020 will take place April 17 at Kaneko—a public, nonprofit, interdisciplinary cultural organization founded with the mission of exploring creativity across the spectrum of human activity, including art, science, technology…

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Omaha startup softball team fails to win even just one game

By SPN Team / August 5, 2014

The Fightin’ Prairie Dogs, the Omaha startup community’s slow pitch softball team, ended its dismal season Monday night.

The team went 0-13. That’s right: They didn’t even win one single, lousy game.

The team, put together and funded as part of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s Event Draft, had players from Aviture, Elevate, GoodTwin, Omaha Code School, Pack, Silicon Prairie News, Startup Genome and more.

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Candid advice to CEOs and founders building teams, mistakes included

By SPN Team / May 31, 2014

To all startup founders and CEOs, freakishly celebrate and learn from your mistakes. There ‘s no greater teacher when it comes to building your company. Thursday’s second installment of our Let’s Talk session, hosted in partnership with Missouri Bank, was a great reminder of this and drove home that there is no playbook for how you build a team and culture.

As our small group gathered around the table to talk about building a team—recruiting talent, the interview process, building culture and local startup examples of how it’s done, performance and accountability—it was clear this is the most critical, painful, semi-miserable and rewarding part of building a startup.

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Three things I learned from Gary Vaynerchuk’s new social media book

By SPN Team / May 2, 2014

In March, I wrote a post about starting an entrepreneurial-themed book club in Des Moines. While we’re still trying to figure out some of the logistics, as of last week we wrapped up Des Moines’ Startup Book Club’s first book: “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk. I’ve never been a big fan of book reviews, but because the point of our Startup Book Club is to learn something new, I decided to share some of the social media lessons I learned along the way. Think of this as a highlight reel of sorts if you happen to be too busy to pick up Vaynerchuk’s book yourself.

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Looking ahead to tech trends and the top stories of 2014

By SPN Team / January 1, 2014

The start of a new year always gets us thinking about what new innovations, tech trends and successful startups the next 365 days will bring. While this may not be the year that we finally get our hoverboards—sorry, McFly, that’s 2015—our editorial team came up with five tech trends we’re excited to watch play out over the next year…

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Nine people, one boot and four lessons about starting up in Iowa

By SPN Team / July 1, 2013

A few weeks ago, I opened my email on a Monday night to find a message from Dwolla’s director of communications Jordan Lampe. Union Square Venture’s general manager Brittany Laughlin (left) was headed to Des Moines for the day to chat with the Dwolla staff, but Jordan had something else in mind as well.

“What if we did something like this?” he asked, referencing a link to Mac Chafkin’s recent Fast Company article where nine …

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Everything is good until someone decides to run a photo of some pigs

By SPN Team / May 1, 2013

Here we go again with the ag stuff. As most of my friends will tell you, it peeves me when the national media stereotypes Iowa based on its agricultural history.

By almost any account, Dwolla’s announcement Tuesday of its $16.5 million Series C round led by Andreessen Horowitz was a great thing for Des Moines’ startup community. It brought continued attention to what’s been growing here, added more than 30 startup jobs here …

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My Instagram feed tells the story of a growing KC startup community

By SPN Team / April 22, 2013

Storytelling is a beautiful, ever-evolving art form and Instagram is one of its vehicles. As I was scrolling through my feed last Friday, I stopped for a second to reflect on the events of the past few months and the impact of those events on the Kansas City startup community.

Our inaugural Big Kansas City event came and went with high fives and smiles, moments of inspiration and moments that emotionally moved each of us. Standing to the side of the stage as Scott …

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Omaha mayoral candidate meet and greet events are April 24 and May 3

By Jeff Slobotski / April 22, 2013

Leading up to the City of Omaha’s general election May 14, The Mastercraft will serve as the venue for two meet and greet events with mayoral candidates Jean Stothert (left) and Jim Suttle (right).

It’s important for the future of our city to have a mayor that not only understands, but supports Omaha’s high level of startup activity, which continues to increase. In order to assure progress …

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Ten Iowa expats in tech you should know

By SPN Team / February 22, 2013

Iowans are everywhere; at least that’s how it feels to me.

I’m the type of person that loves to catalog and share random knowledge, and when I learn that someone has a connection to this state I make a mental note of it. Those connections – people born, raised, educated or who otherwise lived here for a significant amount of time but have now moved elsewhere – are what we’re calling “expats.”

As I wrote …

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