Tech Career Development

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Creating a culture of self-care and wealth equity in the software industry

By Henry Nunn / January 22, 2020

Gv Freeman wanted to cultivate joy and reduce suffering in the software industry. Having grown up feeling out-of-the-loop in Central Nebraska, the St. Louis-based entrepreneur burned extra hours to find opportunities in the tech industry. Self-care wasn’t a priority. It wasn’t even on his radar. In true startup spirit, he singlemindedly drove himself to build…

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Leadership Development for Smarties: from Source Code to the Boardroom

By Tom McCauley / January 17, 2020

A first-rate developer is easy to spot. You can quantify how many languages a person knows, how effectively they work, how much value they offer. Evidence of their talent is tangible, well-documented, and often literally glowing. Good managerial candidates are less noticeable. Someone might be a persuasive presenter of innovative ideas, but lack follow-through. Another…

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Putting the Work In: Meet Jordi Becerril, a Rising Star in Tech

By Tom McCauley / January 9, 2020

Jordi Becerril didn’t see a lot of Latinx people working in technology when he was growing up. An avid gamer, the South Omaha native enjoyed taking apart XBoxes and Playstations to study how they worked⁠—and to see if he could put them back together again.  But, because he never noticed any programmers he could really…

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Iowa State Fair hosts Iowa State University pitch competition

By Justin Krug / September 4, 2019

More than 200 Iowa State University student and alumni entrepreneurs representing 168 business ventures gathered to pitch their products and services as part of Iowa State University’s exhibit in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair. The event took place from August 8-18. Each pitch contestant competed for $1,000 to $5000 awards in the “Great Iowa State University STANDING innOVATION…

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Rantizo: improving the ag industry one drone at a time

By Justin Krug / August 22, 2019

Last week, SPN had the chance to speak with Michael Ott, founder and CEO of Rantizo – a company offering a unique, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution to agrichemical spraying via drones. Rantizo sells agricultural drones and drone spraying services. These drones deliver targeted sprays precisely where they are needed for various agricultural applications. Rantizo’s upgraded…

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Hudl acquires Wyscout

By Scott Bragg / August 15, 2019

In acquisition news, Hudl announced the purchase of Wyscout, an Italian based football (soccer) scouting company. The amount of the acquisition was not disclosed. In a previous round of financing, Wyscout raised $3mm on a convertible note at a $25mm pre-money valuation in 2014 (Crunchbase). In this April 2019 article in Forbes, Wyscout reportedly has…

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FanFood announces partnership with Samsung

By Justin Krug / August 14, 2019

Last week, SPN had the chance to speak with Carson Goodale, founder, and CEO of FanFood. FanFood was originally formed in Iowa but the company has since moved to Chicago to pursue their business. FanFood is a mobile ordering and concessions management platform designed to improve the fan experience while streamlining the concessions management and…

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HDC 2019 Mixes Business and Fun Sides of Technology…with Bigfoot

By Tom McCauley / August 13, 2019

How is Sasquatch like the modern developer?   They’re both brilliant, misunderstood minds seeking to get out of the woods, to redefine themselves, to learn new skills and innovate the Next Big Thing. And they’ll rub elbows next month at the 2019 AIM Institute Heartland Developers Conference, Sept. 4 – 6, at the Embassy Suites La…

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AIM Institute’s Cybersleuth Camp Teaches High School Girls about Technology, Cybersecurity, Digital Citizenship

By Tom McCauley / August 7, 2019

Last Friday, 18 high school girls graduated from the AIM Institute’s 2019 Cybersleuth Camp in an afternoon ceremony at the AIM Brain Exchange. About 40 people attended the graduation to show their support for the next generation of tech talent. AIM’s Cybersleuth Camp is a weeklong cybersecurity camp for girls that seeks to raise interest…

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