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QA with Nebraska Angels’ Laura Classen on EyeVerify’s recent acquisition

By SPN Team / September 19, 2016

Kansas City based EyeVerify announced last week their acquisition by Alibaba subsidiary Ant Financial. Anonymous sources say the deal was over $100 million. Nebraska Angels was one of the first investments in the company. Laura Classen is the Executive Director for Nebraska Angels. SPN caught up with Classen over the phone. SPN: It may surprise some people…

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Quantified Ag’s LED tags light up to identify sick cattle

By Rod Armstrong / August 4, 2016

An agriculture career was the furthest thing from Vishal Singh’s mind growing up in Pleasanton, Nebraska. “My idea of ag was a lot of manual labor, and it didn’t look like fun,” said Singh, Founder and CEO of Quantified Ag. So what changed? “I took a job at UNL in a department that was working…

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Grasshorse Studios finds its groove with character animation and local talent

By SPN Team / August 28, 2015

Grasshorse Studios founder and director Steve Jennings said carving out a niche in the field of character animation is driving the Winfield-based company forward as it draws artistic talent from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. The Great Recession and September 2009 freeze on Iowa’s film tax-credit program helped Grasshorse Studios to refocus its…

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ClaimKit raises $560K round, with $360K from Mid-America Angels

By SPN Team / August 26, 2014

A document management startup that helps surety claim professionals collect information for and manage investigations just received a dose of certainty. ClaimKit, led by co-founder and CEO Chris Cheatham, just closed $360,000 in syndicated investment from Mid-America Angels—with participation from Women’s Capital Connection—and $200,000 from SeedStep Angels in Oklahoma.

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Which startup has the Best Culture? Vote now!

By SPN Team / August 11, 2014

It’s our first year taking note of the vibrant, talented teams in our midst. The ones that somehow have an abundance of fun while also getting results. They made it this far, now they need your vote to deem them the best place to joyfully lug long hours.

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Prairie Portrait: Ari Kern of UP Global

By SPN Team / March 25, 2014

Quote I might have said: “They ought to take chances. Not taking chances will lead to a life of colorless mediocrity. They’ll be comfortable. But something in their spirit will be missing.” — Carlos Hortas, Dean of Yale University (So I didn’t say it, but sounds like me.)

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Techstars, Sprint have 10 teams ready to alter the mobile health landscape

By SPN Team / March 17, 2014

Ollo Mobile has been building its smart-care phone in Brisbane, Australia, for the past two years. Until now.

They landed in Kansas City for the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars and didn’t book a return flight. Their wives will follow them soon, and though they don’t know if they’ll stay in KC or move to San Francisco or New York, the U.S. is their new place of business …

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