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Highlights from the Commonwealth Podcast, 11.4.19 – featuring David Graff and John Wirtz

By Tom McCauley / November 6, 2019

The Commonwealth Podcast features artists, entrepreneurs and athletes to uncover their approach to leading disruptive change. Host Nick Castner provided this episode recap to Silicon Prairie News. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or Buzzsprout. This week, David Graff and John Wirtz, two of the founders of Hudl, sat down with The Commonwealth Podcast to discuss…

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Margot Is Creating the Premier Wedding Planning Software

By Tom Chapman / October 24, 2019

Having spent significant time with Omaha founder, Candace Kalasky, the process of building good wedding planning software opened my eyes to the complexities presented by “the big day”. Ms. Kalasky started her first business, Lovestruck Events (www.lovestruckevents.co) in 2011. It started humbly as a way to help friends with their weddings.  According to Kalasky, this…

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Lincoln Startup Week

By SPN Newsroom / October 22, 2019

Guest Post: Christina Oldfather, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development Techstars Lincoln Startup Week, a week to celebrate, engage, and connect the entrepreneurial community, is back October 18th– 25th for its eighth year! The week successfully kicked off Friday night with a masquerade martini competition at Turbine Flats. Whether…

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Silicon Prairie Podcasts: A List

By Tom Chapman / October 15, 2019

In honor of the IO Summit, which was born out of the IO Podcast, Silicon Prairie News has compiled a list of some of our favorite podcasts from the Silicon Prairie: The Inside Outside Podcast – http://insideoutside.io/ – With over 168 episodes bringing together entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, this podcast is a regional leader in…

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Brian Ardinger Talks IO Summit, Nelnet, and Innovation

By Tom Chapman / October 9, 2019

Last week, SPN caught up with the Director of Innovation at Nelnet, Brian Ardinger.  Brian is also the founder of InsideOutside.io, makers of the IO Podcast and the IO Summit.  The Summit is coming to Lincoln on October 20 as part of the Startup Week festivities. The interview covered a number of topics and includes…

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The IO Summit Is Arriving Soon

By SPN Team / September 30, 2019

The IO Summit is in Lincoln on October 20-22.  The speakers are off-the-charts.  They include local heroes, venture capitalists, and some insightful innovators from around the country. Here’s a quick hit on three people who are coming to Lincoln to speak: Larissa Maranhao was the first employee at Fintech unicorn – BREX. She has had…

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Pincurl Girls Brings Message of Positivity to Young Lives

By Razia Aziz-Seible / September 18, 2019

Jen Landis, founder of Pincurl Girls, gains much fulfillment empowering others, especially adolescent girls who often struggle with poor self-esteem and low confidence.  Even as an accomplished adult, Landis can relate. Her perspective is shaped not only by personal experience, but also by her role as a mother to a ten year-old daughter now entering…

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Research: State Funding Report for the Silicon Prairie

By Tom Chapman / September 16, 2019

2018 was a terrific year for the Silicon Prairie regarding venture dollars deployed.  More than $6.1B was deployed in the region.  While the number of companies receiving funds was about 8% lower (approximately 1450 companies were venture backed in the region), the amount of funding was up more than 34.5% from 2017 to 2018.  Thus,…

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