Guests

(k)AIM_Chip_Black_200x168

How Lyndsay Clark helped design Gravitate to be the community’s center

By SPN Newsroom / September 12, 2014

(Guest post by Lyndsay Clark) In recent years, another buzzword has been added to our ever growing lexicon in the tech world: co-working.

The idea of collaborative working was established in response to a frustration many experienced while working independently or remotely for an organization from their home or a coffee shop. These frustrations led them to form a space shared by other organizations with amenities similar to an office and exploded after people came to realize the value of working with like-minded people where spontaneous interactions could lead to new thoughts and ideas.

Read More

John Jackovin: Are we where we need to be?

By SPN Newsroom / September 9, 2014

(Guest post by John Jackovin) I am sure this is a question many companies ask themselves. Am I far enough along? Have I made enough progress? Techstars’, like most all accelerators, goal is to get you “ready” to exit the program. This means different things for every company. The ambiguity revolves around what “ready” means for Bawte…

Read More
Photo from John Jackovin on Medium

John Jackovin on Techstars Boulder: It’s all downhill from here

By SPN Newsroom / September 2, 2014

(Guest post by John Jackovin) Seven weeks down and six to go. So much left to do. I love the fact that we are more than half way through a really tough program. We made it this far and I haven’t lost my marbles. Only six weeks until I get to see my girls for more than a few days before heading back for another month away…

Read More

What’s it like to pitch Shark Tank producers? Iowa entrepreneurs share

By SPN Team / July 22, 2014

Last week ABC reality show “Shark Tank” hosted an open casting call in Des Moines and more than 100 entrepreneurs and inventors turned out for an opportunity to swim with the sharks.

It’s still too soon to say if any of the companies that pitched last Monday will make it on to the show’s taping. But in the meantime, we asked a couple Iowa entrepreneurs who came out for the event to tell us, in their own words, about the experience and what they learned from pitching the producers of “Shark Tank.”

Read More

OCS Blog: No more homework or projects, it’s time to find where we fit

By SPN Newsroom / May 19, 2014

(Guest post by Andy von Dohren) The last two weeks have been a lot of work. I’m not talking about project work, which can actually be a lot of fun. I’m talking about mock interviews, resume writing, portfolio building and documentation writing work.

Omaha Code School has done a lot for us over the last 12 weeks. They’ve taught us, helped us overcome difficult problems and provided mentors for us to learn from. But at no point have they been more helpful than the last two weeks. Lately we have been working on getting all our work ready to show to potential employers.

Read More

EntreFEST arrives on Wednesday: 5 things to know before it begins

By SPN Team / May 13, 2014

(Guest post by Amanda Styron, co-founder and CEO of Seed Here Studio and one of the organizers behind EntreFEST.)

EntreFEST is a celebration of those who make Iowa awesome: the entrepreneurs creating the future prosperity, vibrancy, companies and communities of our state.

Part summit, part festival and part resource hub, there’s a lot happening at EntreFEST 2014 in three short days. If you haven’t yet, register online.

Read More

OCS Blog: Working with a client is a powerful thing

By SPN Newsroom / May 5, 2014

(Guest post by Andy von Dohren) Having a client is a powerful thing. We started on a group project last week for SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer, a local organization that makes sock monkeys for cancer patients. Their founder, Jen Windrum, went through a devastating lung cancer case with her mother, who sadly passed away last year. Her mother lived 2,000 miles away, and she wanted to give her mother something she could keep with her during appointments and procedures when she couldn’t attend.

Read More

OCS Blog: Creating something useful for a real-life setting

By SPN Newsroom / April 21, 2014

Six weeks, officially half way. It feels like we have been here three months already, but at the same time, like we just started. Long days are starting to catch up with me. I can hardly keep track of the days of the week anymore.

My language has changed from English to a weird set of acronyms and terminology I had not heard until recently. I literally code all day, over meals. I even dream about code. But this is what I signed up for, and I’m having a blast…

Read More

Jayhawks explore Seattle tech scene during two-day networking trip

By SPN Team / April 10, 2014

(Guest post by Foster Casterline) At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, 14 KU information systems students crammed into our cars and departed for Kansas City International Airport.

Ahead of us was a two-day networking adventure to one of the most vibrant technology communities in the world: Seattle. We each had expectations going in, but prepared for two things: lots of rain and an incredible experience …

Read More

OCS Blog: Halfway through, balancing work and play is key

By SPN Newsroom / April 7, 2014

Six weeks, officially half way. It feels like we have been here three months already, but at the same time, like we just started. Long days are starting to catch up with me. I can hardly keep track of the days of the week anymore.

My language has changed from English to a weird set of acronyms and terminology I had not heard until recently. I literally code all day, over meals. I even dream about code. But this is what I signed up for, and I’m having a blast…

Read More