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Impact of COVID-19: Be a Conscious, Local Consumer and Supporter

By SPN Newsroom / March 13, 2020

This is a guest post by Maria Brady. In light of recent cancellations, the Omaha economy faces a period of uncertainty. The economic downturn will impact businesses, workers, families and individuals in various ways—and to differing degrees.  We must remember that little steps can go a long way. While we should limit non-essential social contact…

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Send in the Clowns: An Experiment Outsourcing to Fiverr

By Tom McCauley / February 21, 2020

Outsourcing used to be a dirty word. To some extent, it still is. That’s probably due to public confusion with offshoring, the migration of company operations to other countries to capitalize on cheaper labor. Offshoring connotes economic devastation: factories closed, jobs lost, communities destroyed. On the other hand, outsourcing—contracting work to a third party—is having…

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What the First Hemp Growing Season Will Mean for Agtech

By Tom McCauley / December 20, 2019

This is a guest post by Kate Casas. The legislation surrounding the manufacture and sale of hemp products was once a complicated issue. Now, at least, there’s some clarity around it. The passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, a prospect that has farmers nationwide…

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Where are all the successful entrepreneurs?

By SPN Team / March 26, 2015

The problem I keep running into is most people are in my boat.They are all startup. They are learning, making mistakes, tweaking their business and figuring it out as they go. But where are all the people that made it? Where are all the startups from before being a startup was a thing?

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Building the Silicon Prairie: Where we go from here

By SPN Team / March 12, 2015

“As one of the few seed venture capital firms in the Silicon Prairie, Dundee Venture Capital has been lucky enough to see first-hand some of the incredible changes happening here the last several years, and to invest in many of the companies driving those changes. We are witnessing an era where the next Fortune 500s that will anchor our cities for decades to come are being built right in front of us.”

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David Arnold on the Omaha Model for accelerators

By David Arnold / March 4, 2015

Top tier accelerators like Techstars and YCombinator have built brands based on high-quality results that have generated interest from startups and investors without the need for significant outreach or effort. Due to their success the nation has seen similar programs pop up in each state, and we’re now experiencing increased segmentation between those in rare air and everyone else who’s left competing for the startups who don’t get accepted to the premier programs.

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#BangTheDrum with Bulu Box Founder Paul Jarrett

By SPN Team / February 26, 2015

If you’ve been following me on social media in the past 2 years (probably because I inappropriately “friended” you) you have probably heard me talking about “The Bulu Crew” and what we’re doing at Bulu Box amidst the various ramblings of a highly-over-caffeinated entrepreneur. Thanks to my social marketing networking skills I’ve caught myself beating the drum about a range of topics here in the Silicon Prairie.

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Our productive time is capped, so let’s get better at saying “No” more often

By SPN Newsroom / November 20, 2014

(Guest post by Matthew Paulson) I simply tried to do too many things at once. I thought I was helping people by saying “Yes” to everybody, but I was really doing them a disservice because I wasn’t doing anything well. I was doing a lot of things poorly. I had no margin in my life and areas of my life that should be important were taking a backseat to less important things.

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