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New UP-developed technology builds better, safer trains

By SPN Newsroom / February 4, 2021

This is a sponsored post from Union Pacific Railroad. The physics involved in operating a freight train are amazingly complicated.  Think about it: thousands of tons of metal rolling on steel wheels over steel rail at speeds up to 80 miles per hour over a variety of terrain—up and down different grades—in all kinds of…

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Retail Aware shows no signs of slowing growth despite pandemic

By Tom McCauley / January 29, 2021

Keith Fix, co-founder and CEO of Retail Aware, learned to code during a brief stay with his mother at a homeless shelter.  The 10-year-old aspiring entrepreneur’s parents had recently separated, and young Fix needed money for clothes and the after school programs he wanted to attend. A family friend needed a website built. Fix convinced…

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A look at Nebraska’s investment landscape

By SPN Newsroom / January 22, 2021

Talk to tech entrepreneurs in Nebraska, and they’re likely to laud the region’s innovative spirit. Next-level startups like Flywheel, Buildertrend, Lunavi, Hudl and more have grown an international presence and put the Cornhusker state on the map.  Even a cornerstone enterprise like Lincoln-based Nelnet has implemented its own innovation division. Conferences like the IO Summit,…

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Homegrown medtech company Centese develops game-changing device for surgery patients

By SPN Newsroom / January 19, 2021

A new Omaha-based medtech company has developed a self-cleaning chest tube system that provides more precise measurements for monitoring patients recovering from surgery on their heart or lungs.  Startup Centese developed the device, called Thoraguard. Through a novel self-irrigating mechanism, Thoraguard eliminates one of the main hazards of analog chest tubes: the need for medical…

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Midwest art and music turn to technology to keep making fans—and money

By SPN Newsroom / January 14, 2021

As it has with nearly every aspect of life over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we experience art. With many galleries and performance venues closed or limiting in-person attendance, art organizations and artists across the Midwest are increasingly turning to technology to showcase their work safely and maintain relationships with…

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Leash Pet Transportation puts pets on the go

By SPN Newsroom / January 7, 2021

Omaha startup Leash Pet Transportation was founded on the idea that, much like people, pets have places to be.  Whether it’s a session with a groomer, a day at doggy day care, or a trip to the veterinarian or a boarding facility, pet ownership can mean more errands, making humans feel like bona fide pet…

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HTI Labs fights human trafficking through research, technology, policy

By Tom McCauley / January 6, 2021

An Omaha-based company using a data-driven approach to combat human trafficking recently raised funding to expand its crucially needed work to support law enforcement, victims and survivors of the practice.  HTI Labs,  a social enterprise corporation combating human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault through data-driven research and tech, has grown far larger than CEO…

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