Founder Friday

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8 Qs for a Silicon Prairie Founder: Natalie Micale, Oh Hello

By SPN Newsroom / October 1, 2021

Houston native Natalie Micale, CEO and co-founder of Lincoln-based marketing agency Oh Hello, attended the same performing arts high school as Beyoncé. We’re not sure whether that had anything to do with her drive to be successful, or her desire to inspire women to take the plunge and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, but it probably…

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8 Qs with a Silicon Prairie Founder: Meghann Schense of The Grove Juicery + Wellness Café

By Tom McCauley / August 2, 2019

Meghann Schense is a seasoned entrepreneur with a vision for improving health and wellness in the Omaha community. Her latest venture, the Grove Juicery + Wellness Café, offers a variety of organic, raw, cold-pressed juices and other highly nutritious treats. Previously, Schense worked as an international fashion consultant; her company Esoteric Velvet was an influential…

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Interview with Dusty Davidson: Flywheel’s first days forward

By Laura Neesen / July 19, 2019

SPN recently caught up with Dusty Davidson, co-founder of Flywheel, to reflect on the evolution of the company, and how far it has come from the days of its founding to its recent acquisition. It can reasonably be said that strong, scalable companies that survive are those built on firm foundations. From the right team…

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8Qs with a Silicon Prairie Founder: Darcy Howe

By SPN Team / May 10, 2019

Growing up in St. Louis, my first boss picked me up at my parent’s house, popped open two beers, and without seatbelts, drove to Kansas City. That was the 70’s. Since then I’ve lived in NYC and then 36 years in KC, where my partners and I built the largest private wealth practice in our…

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8Qs with a Silicon Prairie Founder: Leah Buller

By SPN Team / April 12, 2019

Preparation often ignites new opportunities; Leah Buller knows that innovative recipe well. In 2011 Leah Buller made the choice to leave the workforce and stay at home with her, then, young children. During that time, she knew that she didn’t want to sit out completely and decided that e-commerce would allow her to stay home…

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8QS With a Silicon Prairie Founder: Tamara Brunow

By SPN Team / April 5, 2019

Tamara Brunow is CEO of Brunow Contracting and H2W Apparel. Tamara Brunow is the CEO of Brunow Contracting, an SBA 8(a) Certified, Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned, HUBZone Concern based in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Tamara has overcome gender barriers and other challenges in a male-dominated industry to become one of the few women in the country to…

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Derian Baugh: Provide the best experience for one before the masses

By SPN Newsroom / September 26, 2014

(Guest post by Derian Baugh) It’s been said that it takes money to make money, however, this begs the question: How do you make money if you don’t have any?

There are several books and articles written on the subject of customer validation, grassroots marketing, lean startup principles and harnessing a business model that will propel your company to success. I’ll try my best not to regurgitate those things here, but I will tell you how we got Men’s Style Lab off the ground…

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