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Silicon Prairie coworking spaces make Symmetry50’s Top 100 list

By SPN Team / June 8, 2015

Symmetry50 has released its list of Top 100 coworking spaces in the US. Several Silicon Prairie coworking spaces made the list: Fuse Coworking in Lincoln was ranked #100. Lab 1500 in St. Louis came in at #43. CIC in Saint Louis was ranked #37. And T-REX, Saint Louis as well, was the highest of the Silicon Prairie…

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Which startup bills will the Nebraska governor sign?

By Rod Armstrong / May 26, 2015

The Nebraska Legislature gave final approval Thursday to three bills of interest to the startup community. All three passed with no dissenting votes and are now awaiting the signature of Governor Pete Ricketts. LB 156, introduced by Sen. John Stinner of Gering, makes an additional $1 million in angel investment tax credits available to qualified…

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Straight Shot’s 2015 class brings together regional startup veterans

By SPN Team / May 14, 2015

Omaha’s Straight Shot accelerator has accepted 7 new teams into its third class, one of which is a corporate innovation team. The seven teams are: BCD – Omaha – Developing software for more secure mobile payments; founders have worked for First National and ACI Worldwide Delta Insights – Omaha – Increasing conversions, ROI for online retailers; Hayneedle expats Marcus…

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Unify the Prairie: Omaha’s YOTS visits KC’s Hacker House [Video]

By SPN Team / May 13, 2015

Omaha-based Year of the Startup recently took a weekend road trip down to Kansas City to introduce themselves to the current residents of the Kansas City Startup Village Homes for Hackers. SPN sent Aaron Kessler of Candlefire Films to capture their experience. In the video Sabastian Hunt, founder of Year of the Startup, explains his vision…

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Rams’ Ford Galvin uses data to create the ultimate fan experience

By SPN Team / May 11, 2015

As with all fields in the 21st century, the sports industry has been rapidly reshaped by technology. Smart phone apps like AtBat or the ESPN SportsCenter app allow users to always be in the loop, while social media outlets give audiences an opportunity to be their own sportscasters. But how much further can the dynamic…

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Drone flies over Omaha!

By SPN Team / May 7, 2015

A drone flies over Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha, May 5th, 2015. We received this video from Christopher Norton at Blu Giant, a multi-disciplinary creative firm, which focuses on the financial services industry. The video was recorded with a GoPRO HERO4, mounted on a modified DJI Phantom 2 drone. Blu Giant uses the drone in…

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Nebraska Uber bill moves to final round

By Rod Armstrong / May 6, 2015

LB 629, the bill to establish a regulatory framework for transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft, moved to final round consideration in the Nebraska legislature yesterday evening on a unanimous voice vote. Prior to advancement, an amendment was adopted that represented a hard-won compromise among interested parties including Uber, banking and insurance companies,…

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Do we really need Silicon Prairie News?

By SPN Team / April 30, 2015

Three months ago I was hired by AIM to be the new managing editor of Silicon Prairie News. Since then, nearly every day, I’ve listened to entrepreneurs across the region. I’ve met college students with a kickstarter and a dream. I’ve met mid-career professionals who hit the restart button and are risking everything with kids…

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