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…

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Financial services publication Bank Technology News on Tuesday published a profile of Bill Fisher, a veteran of Omaha’s tech scene.

“You have heard of the Oracle of Omaha,” wrote BTN reporter Sean Sposito, who visited Omaha for the piece. “Well, Fisher, the founder of Treetop Ventures, a consulting and investment firm, is the patriarch of the city’s burgeoning tech scene.”
The 2,000-word story provides insight into Fisher’s approach, background on …

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MeNetwork, a Boulder, Colo.-based mobile marketing platform, recently raised a second angel round of about $500k, a “similar range” to its first round one year ago, the startup’s CEO, Mike Corbisiero, said in a phone interview on Friday.

Though MeNetwork’s headquarters aren’t in Omaha, one of its co-founders, Craig Paige, and two of its board members, Paige and TreeTop Ventures partner William Fisher, reside in the city. TreeTop, a startup services firm …

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There is hope … even for an old dog like me. My kids (and even my grandkids) are loaded with iPods, iPhones, iPads and everything else technologically advanced that starts with a vowel. My oldest grandson, Jackson, (7 years old) laughs at me when he tries to figure out why I can’t manage to help him get Super Mario to a higher level. It’s not that I am technology challenged; it is just that I am a little slow to change. Eventual … but slow.

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This past week, a colleague and I spent time reviewing the various application forms required to qualify for the Angel Tax Credit Program that was approved by the legislature in May of this year. I have to say that I was pleased with the overall clarity of the application process. This will clearly be a piece of legislation that helps our state grow jobs!

Now, having said that, it isn’t a slam dunk to get the process nailed down but after spending a couple of days sorting and re-reading the guidelines, I think we got it.

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It takes two to tango…and negotiate. Therefore, there are typically two sides any negotiation and if you are able to figure out both sides, you will be successful more often.

Simple case; take a used automobile. Unlike a new car that has a sticker price, the used car is priced subject to a variety of different things. Miles, year, options, history, location … these all play a part. The seller has a price they are asking (and a price they will take). The buyer has …

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In response to a post from William Fisher last week on the importance of honest and direct feedback, we put a call out to the community to help us spur connections and generate more feedback. Basically, we asked you, our readers, “Who’s looking for feedback and who’s willing to give it?” As expected, our community generously responded.

At the …

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In William Fisher’s post this morning, “Sorry…but your baby is ugly!”, the serial entrepreneur and angel investor made no apologies for the honest and direct feedback he regularly gives to entrepreneurs who pitch their ideas to him. “I try to inject humor; I try to be direct,” Fisher wrote, “I try to let them know that it is only my opinion and that others may easily see the beauty in their creation.”

Though Fisher …

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