Prairie Portraits

The Prairie Portraits series features founders, funders and community builders from Nebraska’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

  • Prairie Portraits: Adriana Cisneros Basulto

    Prairie Portraits: Adriana Cisneros Basulto

    We’re relaunching Prairie Portraits and asking the same 5 questions to community builders, founders and funders to get their perspective on the Nebraska startup ecosystem. Check it out!

  • Prairie Portraits: Charlie Cuddy

    Prairie Portraits: Charlie Cuddy

    We’re relaunching Prairie Portraits and asking the same 5 questions to community builders, founders and funders to get their perspective on the Nebraska startup ecosystem. Check it out!

  • Prairie Portraits: Justin Krug

    Prairie Portraits: Justin Krug

    We’re relaunching Prairie Portraits and asking the same 5 questions to community builders, founders and funders to get their perspective on the Nebraska startup ecosystem. Check it out!

  • 8 Qs for a Silicon Prairie Founder: Natalie Micale, Oh Hello

    8 Qs for a Silicon Prairie Founder: Natalie Micale, Oh Hello

    Houston native Natalie Micale, CEO and co-founder of Lincoln-based marketing agency Oh Hello, attended the same performing arts high school as Beyoncé. We’re not sure whether that had anything to do with her drive to be successful, or her desire to inspire women to take the plunge and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, but it probably…

  • Remote work allows more Nebraskans to live local, work coastal

    Remote work allows more Nebraskans to live local, work coastal

    There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic upended the way millions of Americans work.   But how has the shift to remote work seen in some industries affected the Midwest? For three local tech workers, it’s provided the opportunity for them to work for coastal startups and tech companies while remaining in Omaha.  Researchers such as…

  • Rural Nebraska family winery’s cozy virtual wine tastings a hit with cabin-fevered connoisseurs and casual fans alike

    Rural Nebraska family winery’s cozy virtual wine tastings a hit with cabin-fevered connoisseurs and casual fans alike

    The pandemic may have stopped many in their tracks, but the wine and beer continue to flow. Or at least that’s true of Mac’s Creek Winery and Brewery in Lexington, Nebraska. Faced with the challenge of their shuttered tasting room due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the family-owned winery and vineyard decided…

  • Interview with an Entrepreneur: Karen Linder

    Interview with an Entrepreneur: Karen Linder

    I have known Karen Linder for many years, and she is an incredible entrepreneur.  Many people do not realize that she has been growing a 3D printing company in Nebraska, called Tethon 3D, for the better part of this decade.  The company is one of the leading suppliers of porcelain and hard to produce ceramic…

  • Prairie Portrait: Nate Fryzek of Presage Analytics

    Prairie Portrait: Nate Fryzek of Presage Analytics

    One thing Lincoln has that other Silicon Prairie cities don’t: The actual startup community people are fantastic here. They act as conduits and invest so much time into community activities. Some people in other communities have to hear the same names over and over and be like — “Who is Brian Ardinger?” “What is a…

  • Prairie Portrait: Scott Siegert of BuilderTREND

    Prairie Portrait: Scott Siegert of BuilderTREND

    I do what I do because… I love helping people. Most of our customers run small-to-medium size business and they rely on us to help them operate more efficiently. I find that to be extremely rewarding.

  • Prairie Portrait: Scott Rutz of Travefy

    Prairie Portraits is a weekly set of questions intended to help the community get to know someone from the Silicon Prairie startup scene a little bit better. Prairie Portraits feature a fixed set of questions ranging from career background and personal preferences to, perhaps, off-the-wall questions on YouTube videos and entrance music. Name: Scott Rutz Title/Occupation: Marketing…