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Omaha ad-tech company Retail Aware has announced a new venture in partnership with Home Chef—the Chicago-based meal kit and food delivery business—to deploy its network of sensor devices in up to 2,000 Kroger stores nationwide.  The move should allow Kroger – which owns the Home Chef brand – more granular control over its in-store shopper…

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Moving and thinking fast are a way of life for Steve Skillings. Irreverent, and quick to make a joke, Steve has silver-flecked hair that contrasts with his lanky frame and youthful demeanor. He’s a whip-smart engineer and self described nerdy car guy. He’s also a guitar player, passionate about music. In the late morning on a Saturday in February 2008, this go-fast car guy was bombing down the left lane of a Massachusetts highway. He was mentally chewing on a challenging problem as he approached a long stretch where the highway went under some buildings. As he entered the dark shadows under the hulking concrete structure, the solution was still eluding him. By the time he emerged back into the sunlight, he not only had the solution to the problem, he had the core of his future startup’s business plan. 

Notable Labs, Inc. (Notable), a clinical-stage predictive precision therapeutics company, and CicloMed LLC (CicloMed), a developmental-stage pharmaceutical company, today announced the beginning of a Phase 1B/2A clinical trial of potential cancer treatment fosciclopirox in patients with a deadly disease known as refractory acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). A Phase 1B/2A clinical trial is a crucial step…

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The Omaha-based MRI medical device company, Bot Image Inc., announced this month an addition to its line of software products aimed at assisting the detection of prostate cancer. Dubbed QT Prostate MRI, the new software-as-a-service utilizes machine learning to aid in the identification of prostate cancer by producing a colorized map of both normal and…

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This profile is the second in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting female investors. Gina Tedesco is Managing Member of Amala Ventures, Managing Director and NJ Chapter Lead of Golden Seeds, and a member and board trustee of Jumpstart NJ Angel Network.

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced yesterday that speaker applications for the 2022 Iowa Technology Summit are now open. The summit will be held on April 11-12, 2022, at the Iowa Community Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Applications to speak are now being accepted for the Iowa Technology Summit at technologyiowa.org/apply-to-speak-2022-its/.…

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This is the seventh and final installment of the “A” Word, Emily Truax’s series of articles on Agile. The rest can be found here, here, here, here, here and here. Since we started our Agile rebranding adventure, our main focus has been on updating the terminology within the Agile Manifesto. We’ve updated the values with a fresh new…

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I lead a reasonably stressful life. Sometimes by choice, sometimes not. In addition to a challenging full time job and occasional freelance work, I try to quadrangulate my hobbies—writing, music, comedy, art—to the best of my ability. It’s not easy. It’s not supposed to be.  Stress can be good. When it kicks in hard, it can help…

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The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI), the statewide, member-based organization uniting Iowa’s technology community, has released its 2022 public policy priorities, its legislative launch date, and Iowa Tech Policy Podcast Season 2 date. “The Iowa technology industry is eager to prioritize smart cybersecurity and privacy in the 2022 Iowa legislative session, along with our continued…

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Many years ago, during the early days of my entrepreneurial career, I walked by the main conference room in our office. Seated around a big, oblong table was a group of serious looking people engaged in a heated debate with my CEO. It was the first time I had seen him on the defensive. I couldn’t understand why such a confident, forceful individual would look like a deer caught in the headlights.

LightEdge—a leading provider of colocation, cloud and managed-service solutions—recently announced the acquisition of Cavern Technologies, an enterprise-grade data center provider in Kansas City.  Cavern Technologies was founded in 2007 as the KC area’s first colocation data center, located underground in a natural limestone environment.  Jim Masterson, CEO of LightEdge, said of the deal, “This is…

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In 2019, Omaha’s Deliveron was acquired by Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Green House Data, a data center and managed services provider. Together, the two companies rebranded as Lunavi, a name that suggests illuminating the path forward.  Now the cloud-solutions provider and Agile software development company is developing technology it hopes will illuminate the path to more efficient,…

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Even before COVID, it hasn’t always been easy to find something to do—especially if you’re new to a city. Granted, Facebook has its events feature, but what you see depends on a number of variables, such as your friends list and what the algorithm thinks you’d be into, sometimes with curious results (Facebook always seems…

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This profile is the first in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting small funds. Stephen Nicolle is a founding partner of Island Capital Partners, an early stage venture capital fund based in Prince Edward Island, Canada. 

St. Louis-based NISA Investment Advisors’ Charitable Fund has partnered with nonprofit Arch Grants to increase the amount of funding available from Arch Grants’s annual startup competition via the newly formed #STLOnward Awards. NISA contributed $270,000 to the effort, allowing Arch Grants to fund five high-growth startups for $50,000 each. This comes in addition to the…

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The Technology Association of Iowa is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Prometheus Awards Presented by LWBJ. The Prometheus Awards were celebrated on Thursday in downtown Des Moines. The Prometheus Awards acknowledge individuals, companies and communities impacting Iowa’s technology industry. 2021 Prometheus Awards Winners: Startup Technology Company of the Year – OpenLoop Emerging…

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In the last year and a half, so many of us have been reevaluating what we want out of life. Perhaps you want to go back to school, or try a different job, or cut back your hours to spend more time with family. Before the pandemic, though, such a transition would be too challenging…

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Before investing in a startup company, early stage investors constantly ask a key question, “Are enough customers ready and willing to try this new product or service?” Ken Rainin, an inspiring serial entrepreneur, successfully confronted this “Is our customer ready?” question time and time again. This story demonstrates one of those times.

Entrepreneurs in South Dakota just scored a huge win from the federal government.  Startup Sioux Falls, a hub that offers guidance and resources to South Dakota’s budding small business orders, was one of 51 grantees to qualify for the Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot Program.  Brienne Maner, Executive Director of Startup Sioux Falls, said…

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For more than 25 years, the nonprofit AIM Institute has worked to grow a strong and diverse tech community through education, career development and outreach. AIM’s annual celebration and fundraiser, AIM Tech Awards, will take place at Omaha Design Center on Nov. 11. The event, sponsored by Cox Business, will bring the tech community back…

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Technology was not Marina Brown’s first choice of profession. Originally from Bulgaria, Brown is the daughter of medical professionals who urged her to become a doctor. She wasn’t interested in medicine, however. And as high school slid toward college, she began noticing how new technology was coming out all the time—and that programmers had fairly…

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In a move that will support more women launching tech ventures in the state, Bio Nebraska and the UNeTech Institute have received a $250,000 grant to enable the launch of Opportunity Corps, a program designed to support women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as they explore the viability of launching tech ventures. The…

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This is part six of the “A” Word, Emily Truax’s ongoing series of articles on Agile. For previous installments, click here, here, here, here or here. Full disclosure, I’m a nerd. (I know, it’s a shock, but I’m comfortable with who I am.)  I enjoy watching competitive esports, DOTA 2 especially. For the uninitiated, DOTA 2 is a…

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This profile is the first in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting family offices. Shehbaz Hussain is an Associate Vice President at Conconi Growth Partners, a family investment office based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. 

After last year’s virtual event, the AIM Institute’s annual Heartland Developers Conference, or HDC, returns live and in person Monday, Nov. 1, at the CHI Health Center in Omaha. Presented by Farm Credit Services of America, HDC is a three-day conference offering multiple specialized tracks, including AI & Data, DevOps and SecOps, Enterprise Tech, Microservices…

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