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After graduating with my design degree, I found myself in a pool with no water. Most opportunities I could find were out of my league or out of my area, while the ones that I qualified for were internships that paid in experience. Since I had chosen the design route to avoid the starving artist…

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 WorkWave, a provider of SaaS solutions that support every stage of a service business’s life cycle, announced Monday that it has signed an agreement to purchase Omaha-based TEAM Software, the world’s leading provider of software and solutions for cleaning, janitorial, security and facilities management service providers. The acquisition is expected to close at the end…

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How can a small group of people, who get together 4 to 12 times a year, have such a big impact on the future success of an early stage company? We will consider this series of articles a great success if we answer this question in a way that helps you build great boards for the companies you are involved with. We believe we can convince you of the incredible value a board delivers for a startup company.

This is a guest post from Colin Nabity, CEO of insurtech startup Breeze. The original can be found here. The TL;DR on our recent financing round. Last month, we announced our $10 million Series A led by Link Ventures with participation from Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, M25, Fiat Ventures, and Invest Nebraska. You can read…

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Starting next week, aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to participate in the 2021 JumpStart Challenge, an entrepreneurship competition sponsored by the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, the University of Nebraska Athletics Department and ALLO Communications, an internet service provider headquartered in Lincoln. Open to teams and solo entrepreneurs alike, the JumpStart Challenge connects corporations…

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The culmination of the 2020 U.S. general election was every bit as messy as it promised to be, and the Jan. 6 insurrection that left five people dead and dozens injured exposed the biggest threat facing U.S. elections. It’s not cybersecurity, or foreign interference, either; it’s the idea that the credibility of election results may…

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As we celebrate the seventh anniversary of The Seraf Compass, created to demystify and professionalize early stage investing, we wanted to acknowledge a number of related milestones achieved in 2021.

Excitement permeates Buildertrend’s headquarters in southwest Omaha. The cloud-based construction project management software developer recently announced a partnership with The Home Depot that will provide construction professionals the technology to help them manage and grow their businesses, along with an integrated purchasing experience and discounts.  Buildertrend Chief Strategy Officer David Arnold said the recent developments…

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The nonprofit AIM Institute recently received a $20,000 grant from the Charles E. Lakin Foundation, Inc., to support the Southwest Iowa Tech Training Initiative, which will allow AIM Code School to expand its web development skills training to residents of southwest Iowa. “We are so grateful to the Lakin Foundation for their generous support of…

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When I was studying graphic design, one of the mantras of my program was “Think outside the box.” It’s a well-known metaphor meant to spur a shift in perspective, a drive to find a new solution to an existing problem. This logo doesn’t pop? Think outside the box. This website doesn’t wow? Think outside the…

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Even with a right-sized approach, every time I get into a project, I am always reminded that diligence is still a fair amount of work. At Launchpad we estimate that we spend around 40 person hours on a typical diligence process by the time the project is completed. If you are dealing with busy investors who are volunteering to do this work, burnout is a real risk. Here are 6 ways to manage a deal team.

You don’t need permission to launch something new. You don’t need to wait for someone else to come along and give their approval. You just need to start building the future you want to help the people already here.  That’s the theme for the August issue and, in fact, the whole concept of Prairie Roots.…

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If there’s one thing we know here in Silicon Prairie, it’s that you shouldn’t have to go far to execute great ideas. Twenty years ago, a lofty title like “entrepreneur” was thought to be the domain of those who made it to Silicon Valley. In 2021, such rigid parameters have been blown to smithereens thanks…

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Lizz Whitacre is co-founder of Pawlytics, a cloud-based operations software provider for animal shelters and rescues working to develop electronic health records for pets and build the world’s largest pet database. SPN recently spotlighted the company and its socially driven mission to use data to save as many animals as possible. It’s a mission that…

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As Josh entered the pub, he wasn’t sure what kind of discussion to expect. Looking around the crowded bar, he spied Adam Omansky sitting at a corner table towards the back of the room. Although Josh didn’t realize it until later, the conversation he was about to have with Adam would impact his life for years to come. Josh and Adam met for the first time earlier that year on a ski trip set up by a close mutual friend. During the trip, Adam learned with interest of Josh’s background in the software industry. Now several months later, Adam’s motive for meeting with Josh that evening was to discuss an idea for a potential new software product. 

This is a sponsored post paid for by Daake and written by SPN. The day he launched his eponymous branding agency Daake in 2001, co-founder and CEO Greg Daake grabbed pen and paper, sat down in the rented duplex in midtown Omaha that doubled as an office and drafted a guiding purpose for the company.…

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A northeastern Iowa agtech startup is developing technology that will change the way farmers plant crops, all while saving them money and reducing environmental impact. Nora Springs, Iowa’s ReEnvision Ag is one of five agriculture technology companies participating in the AgLaunch 365 accelerator program, which aims to cultivate startups that will transform regional agriculture; create…

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This is a sponsored post paid for by Mutual of Omaha and written by Annette Allen, the company’s senior business systems consultant. How do you stay competitive if you are a 100+-year-old insurance company? First, you gain an understanding of your customers and get in touch with what they want. Next, you identify the capabilities…

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You don't have to be the proverbial computer nerd to launch a career in digital design, one of the five areas of tech uniquely suited for those with a more creative temperament.

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We think you should read more in 2021, and we can help. By giving you a rundown and key takeaways from what we feel are the most relevant books to founders and tech entrepreneurs, SPN’s Bookworthy series will help you decide which recent titles are worth your time and attention. Speaking of attention, the first…

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Early stage investors might not view it this way, but… until a company has some form of financial exit (e.g. acquisition or IPO), you are really more like a donor than an investor! Think of it this way: since there is no liquidity in early stage company stock, you can’t sell the stock and recoup any of your original investment. You’re stuck with stock that, for all intents and purposes, has no financial value that you can monetize.

Agile: full of tiresome rules, failed experiments, and monotony. I’m here to change that. No, I’m not one of those agilists who shakes the Manifesto overhead like an impassioned minister on Sunday. But I do believe that Agile gets a bad rap. Agile is not simply a project management tool used by tech companies and…

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Five high school students graduated Friday from the Highlander Code Camp, a six-week coding program delivered by the Omaha-based nonprofits AIM Institute and Seventy Five North. The event was held at the Highlander Accelerator, a 65,000-square-foot building and community space developed by Seventy Five North to educate, engage and enrich the historically excluded community of…

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“Walk with, not by.” So goes motto for Samaritan, a mobile app that helps users fight homelessness through direct, case-managed giving. It’s a slogan that rejects slacktivism for what could 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 ethos with…

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I get it; coding isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I myself am a failed computer scientist, having dabbled in coding while in college. While that experience means I can write one hell of an IF Statement in Excel, I stopped before experimenting with harder concepts. There is something about all the math and classical logic…

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