On October 25 Rahul Gupta and Beth Haubert led an evening round table discussion at the Omaha Code School on diversity in tech and creating safe and inclusive events. Joe Gerstandt, who was slated to lead the dialogue, was unable to attend. Over 20 people attended the event, mostly current code school students and local event organizers. The idea for a conversation started as a Twitter conversation about increasing diversity at local tech events. However, the evening was primarily driven by recent incidents that occurred during the recent Startup Weekend event.Read More
While the Silicon Prairie may span across several states, include vastly different types of companies and entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds (and football rivalries), supportive communities are one factor that tie them all together. Whether you’re in Omaha or Des Moines, Kansas City or Cedar Rapids, you’ll find people who really care about helping their fellow entrepreneur thrive…Read More
1 Million Cups Omaha is making a move to the Wareham Building, 1624 Mike Fahey St., in North Downtown this week.
The startup presentation and networking event on Wednesday mornings is leaving the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Mammel Hall, where it began last October.
Organizers hope the move will be more convenient and bring out more attendees.Read More
Startup Digest now has Omaha/Lincoln and KC editions after a long hiatus. The cities used to be in a “Silicon Prairie” list, but has since been broken down into specific cities. It appears there were only curated events lists for Omaha and KC, with no events listed in Des Moines and Iowa City for quite some time. Shane…Read More
Shane Reiser talks about customer development at Startup Weekends all the time, but it was his first time schooling startups at an accelerator like Straight Shot.
The Lean Startup movement is hot on the minds of startups across the nation, and it was no different for the group of seven startups. Most had read “Lean Startup” and knew about the general practice.Read More
Three nonprofits have been selected as the student project clients for Interface School, a new web development school that kicks off Monday. Startup Genome, American Heart Association and Delivering Infinite Books on Shelves all have projects students will work on and come up with a finished product. Delivering Infinite Books on Shelves (DIBS) was co-founded…Read More
A group of Omaha startup community members hopes a football-like draft for dates will bring a more consistent lineup of gatherings and help create a more unified, empowered startup environment in 2014.
They’re calling it the “Event Draft” because they want startup community members to each take a week for an event they’ll plan and execute, whether it’s a meetup, hackathon or Startup Weekend …Read More
(Guest post by Shane Reiser) At Startup Genome I lead a remote team of seven—some full time, some on contract. I have three fears leading a remote team: not knowing what my team is doing, not being there to help them push through an obstacle and not having enough fun. Here’s what I do to remedy my fears …Read More
In Des Moines and Kansas City, Wednesday mornings mean coffee and sharing ideas with other entrepreneurs. Now two more Silicon Prairie cities—Omaha and Lincoln—are being added to the 1 Million Cups roster.
“After seeing the impact 1 Million Cups has had on neighboring cities, we’re excited to bring the event to Nebraska,” said organizer Shane Reiser. “Our hope is that this weekly gathering will increase the state’s connectivity and knowledge share, and in the end, build better startups …Read More
Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today that it’s awarded a grant to Startup Genome, a free online platform that builds tools to help community builders measure and grow local startup communities …Read More