What Cheer, an Omaha-based web application design and development shop, announced today it has joined Pack, a Los Gatos, Calif.-based startup building an online platform for dog lovers.

“Working on our own projects has always been something that we’ve wanted to do,” What Cheer founder John Henry Müller, who started the company six years ago, said in an interview Wednesday.

Müller and his business partners Alex …

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Charles Best created DonorsChoose to make it easy for anyone to help students in need. Last week, the crew from What Cheer made it a little easier

Best spoke Friday morning at Big Omaha about DonorsChoose, the website he founded that allows public school teachers to post classroom project requests and, in turn, lets donors pick specific projects they want to support. When Best mentioned the DonorsChoose API during his talk, it captured the imagination of …

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It’s only a one-letter change from a popular grassroots campaign, but it’s a whole new feeling.

The team at What Cheer, the Omaha website design and development studio behind the I live in Omaha campaign, today launched I love in Omaha.

The site, which What Cheer’s John Henry Müller calls the “I live in Omaha just for lovers,” is a crowdsourcing app like the original. But this time it focuses on the photos, displayed full-screen, and carries a heavy holiday color …

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Published Tuesday and Thursday (one day late this week), Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News.

If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email editor@siliconprairienews.com. And if you have suggestions on how we could improve these posts or any of …

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Name: John Hobbs |

Bio: Moved around the country growing up, but Omaha is home. Married with three cats, eight chickens and a baby on the way. |

Title: Software Developer |

Age: 26 |

City: Omaha, Neb. | Silicon Prairie News: Your first dive into the startup world was as a developer at Town Commons. What was an early lesson you learned after making the transition from a branding and design firm to a startup?

John Hobbs: The scope was a lot broader. At my first job I just had to execute someone else’s designs, at Town Commons I was involved in more discussion on strategy, I got to attend pitches, all kinds of stuff. So I guess …

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One of my favorite parts of Big Omaha takes place not in the main speaking room at KANEKO but in rooms and hallways that lead up to it, which have played host to art installations and exhibits since our first conference in 2009. These artists, who have dedicated tens and hundreds of hours ahead of time, make the event a unique experience for attendees. Last year, for example, Scott Blake exhibited his Barcode Art of Gary Vaynerchuk that …

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Part of the Omaha Silicon Prairie News team – Jeff, Dusty and I – made the rounds last week to three events in Omaha. Kicking off Monday morning with Omaha 10-10-10 and then closing it out on Saturday with TEDxOmaha. Learn about the events in our “Out & About” post and check out the pictures below to see some familiar faces. (Left, John Hobbs and Kevin Berry of Confurrent at the Buy the Big O! Show.)

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