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Catching up with Gazella Wi-Fi founder Eric Burns after the company’s acquisition by Bloom Intelligence

By Amanda Brandt / July 15, 2020

2019 ended on a high note for Omaha startup Gazella WiFi. In December, the company was acquired by St. Petersburg, Florida-based Bloom Intelligence, a Wi-Fi marketing and customer intelligence platform. Gazella’s services have been deployed in more than 2,000 Wi-Fi access points across 26 countries, a press release highlighting the acquisition said. Financial aspects of…

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UNO students team up to develop 1-Check COVID app

By Amanda Brandt / July 2, 2020

As the global pandemic spread this spring, a trio of University of Nebraska at Omaha students helped quickly turn an idea into a valuable COVID-19 screening tool. The 1-Check COVID app was the result of an interdisciplinary team effort across the University of Nebraska Medical Center and UNO. Staff from the emergency medicine department at…

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Beyond Slacktivism: Samaritan and the Rise of App-tivism

By Tom McCauley / June 25, 2020

“Walk with, not by.” So goes the motto for Samaritan, a mobile app that helps users fight homelessness via direct, case-managed giving. It’s a slogan that eschews slacktivism for what might awkwardly be called “app-tivism”—the use of consumer apps to generate meaningful social action. More than just sharing news of a cause or signaling one’s…

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Leading with Curiosity, Passion and Integrity: Valmont Industries President & CEO Stephen G. Kaniewski Weathers the Storm

By Tom McCauley / June 18, 2020

Leadership is defined in times of crisis. A leader earns their mark when they “gird and inspire people through difficult times,” wrote historian Nancy Koehn.  Valmont Industries President and CEO Stephen G. Kaniewski has learned this firsthand through the trial-by-fire method. The tireless researcher, people person and technology leader at the helm of the Nebraska-born…

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Volano Gives New Developers a Shot

By Tom McCauley / June 11, 2020

Omaha-based Volano Software not only builds custom business software, they help build the IT workforce. “We’ve hired a number of folks that have not coded professionally before and helped them become technology professionals,” said Rod Smith, co-founder and partner of Volano, which specializes in developing customized workflow design software, databases, portals and more.  Over the…

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Careerlink Sale Marks New Chapter for AIM Institute and Careerlink, LLC

By SPN Newsroom / June 9, 2020

The AIM Institute—the Omaha-based not-for-profit that grows, connects and inspires the tech talent community through education and career development—announced recently that it has sold Careerlink, its iconic jobs platform. Dr. Kandace Miller, President and CEO of the AIM Institute, said the sale provides further strategic investment AIM’s core not-for-profit, mission-related services to address the growing…

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Omaha South High School Grads Launch Tech Careers, Land Paid Summer Internships at Union Pacific 

By Tom McCauley / May 18, 2020

This summer, two recent Omaha South High School graduates, Suraj Poudel and Evelyn Espinoza Macias, will enter highly competitive paid internships at Union Pacific after participating in the AIM Institute’s pilot workforce development program that teaches high school students how to code.  Ashok Fichadia, Assistant Vice President of IT Development for Union Pacific, said the…

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