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In its first open round of seed funding, Omaha startup Loophire recently secured an investment of $300,000 from Nebraska Angels to support the disruptive recruitment model that Loophire CEO and founder Chris Jones believes will shake up the recruitment industry. The idea for Loophire first arrived as a sudden idea in the middle of the…

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Editor’s Note: SPN is excited to launch this summer partnership with Prairie Roots. June, July and August will feature a new video magazine celebrating the people creating the future of Nebraska.  Scott Henderson, executive producer, Prairie Roots; managing director, NMotion Accelerator Studio for gener8tor: One thing I observed in my travels over the past 20 years…

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As he sits looking out the window of his brick and beam office in an old converted mill building outside of Boston, it’s hard for serial entrepreneur-turned-intrapreneur Martin Flusberg not to shake his head. His company Powerhouse Dynamics has taken him on a wild ride. The company was recently acquired by a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate called Middleby. The name is new, but his job is basically the same. He’s in a good place in terms of his role, his product, his employees, and his customers, but, it’s not exactly the outcome he wanted or expected. Despite his prior experience, he could never have predicted the path he’d go down or the situation in which he’d land. 

Nicka Johnson is an Omaha-based social entrepreneur working to instill financial literacy through her business, Budget to Success. In this role, the North Omaha native considers herself part financial advisor, part teacher, part therapis—the latter being crucial to helping people of all ages overcome their money triggers (the emotional factors that derail us from our…

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A Lincoln startup focused on neighborhood-level data and insights has been acquired by Fathom Holdings, Inc., the companies announced last week.  After the acquisition is finalized, LiveBy will become a wholly owned subsidiary of IntelliAgent, itself a subsidiary of Fathom Holdings.  In a press release, the companies said the purchase price is expected to be…

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Four burgeoning startups supported by Lincoln-based NMotion, a gener8tor program, made their debut recently at the virtual Prairie Roots Spring Show. SPN asked the four teams to share a little about their businesses and what it was like going through the Accelerator Studio cohort.  The startups represent a variety of business models and industries, from…

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At 2 pm today, Network After Work is offering a free webinar hosted by salesperson and bestselling author Matthew Pollard. The webinar focuses on transcending the “endless hamster wheel” of stalled growth. Organizers say participants will walk away understanding where they’ve gone wrong and how to get back on track with a few specific strategies.…

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When you combine great leadership with a strong board of directors, the likelihood of a successful outcome for a business increases by an order of magnitude. Legally, directors are required to provide governance and oversight. However, truly engaged and knowledgeable directors can add significant additional value by providing strategic input and advice. As members of the board, they occupy leadership positions. While that leadership is not always explicit, it can manifest itself in many ways.

“‘They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself,’” said Radical Change founder and CEO Vonda Page, quoting one of her favorite artists, Andy Warhol, during her recent keynote presentation at the Infotec 2021 virtual conference. “What types of changes happen over time with no effort?” she asked rhetorically, setting…

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The summer slide isn’t just some scorching metal tube of playground equipment. It’s also a phenomenon you might remember from youth: that slackening of the mind that accompanies summer vacation and forgotten subject matter. In other words, the bane of all teachers everywhere. To #stoptheslide, Do Space is once again instituting its annual summer passport…

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Market Opportunity is an important metric for estimating the long-term potential for an early stage company. Typically, we invest in companies that are going after market sizes of at least $100M. At that size, a market is large enough to support a $25M+ company. Many early stage companies are opening up new markets, so determining overall market size is not easy. We recommend attacking this problem from several angles.

We are all familiar with how technology made dramatic changes in our lives over the past few years. Computers, the Internet, mobile phones, etc. all conspired to make our lives more efficient and more chaotic! And, these disruptive changes touched all aspects of how companies run their operations. It’s not surprising that Sales and Marketing professionals have seen some of the biggest changes in how they operate their day-to-day tasks.

Growing up in a low-income, Spanish-speaking household in South Omaha, Evelyn Espinoza-Macias said she always struggled with a language barrier. Her parents, though supportive, could not speak English or provide the same level of help on schoolwork that many of her peers received. The Latinx young woman remembers spending countless extra hours at school working…

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The AIM Institute recently held a virtual graduation ceremony in celebration of the latest cohort to complete the nonprofit tech organization’s Advanced Tech Leaders Academy, an intensive leadership development program for technology professionals. Thirty-four participants from 14 companies completed this an annual management course for tech professionals, the goal of which is to enhance leadership…

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How many times have you heard an entrepreneur say they have no competition? After hearing thousands of investor pitches over the years, my rough estimate is that I hear it about 25% of the time. When I hear a CEO blurt this out, I chuckle to myself and think, well, maybe there isn’t a need for their product. Or, maybe the CEO is just clueless about their target market.

This is a guest post by Jackson Cummings, research and development engineer at NanoGuard Technologies. Every day, businesses run into big problems. When those issues threaten profits or long-term viability, companies spend significant resources to solve them. In this high-stress environment, tunnel vision can easily creep in and produce myopic and unsustainable solutions. For a…

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Life as a tech professional can be hard. Not at Infotec 2021, conference organizers say, previewing a robust virtual digital event experience aimed at helping attendees grow professionally while connecting with other IT and web professionals in the heartland.  After successfully hosting Infotec 2020 in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AIM…

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April 13 was a big day for 22-year-old startup founder Jack Keating.  The Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business had wrapped up its New Venture Competition, and Keating took home first prize: a $25,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to assist his new company, Corral Technologies, in…

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Last Friday marked the first-ever Prairie Roots Spring Show, a virtual event showcasing a variety of companies, creative projects and causes in that have survived—and in some cases, thrived—in the Midwest despite a tumultuous year. Created and curated by Scott Henderson, managing director of Lincoln-based NMotion, Prairie Roots gathered 100 business, creative and thought leaders…

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Four burgeoning startups supported by Lincoln-based NMotion made their debut Friday at the virtual Prairie Roots Spring Show. SPN asked the four teams to share a little about their businesses and what it was like going through the Accelerator Studio cohort.  The startups represent a variety of business models and industries, from an innovative lace-front…

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This is part two of our series on the opportunities remote work has brought to Midwest tech workers. Read part one here. Nebraska’s workforce has an approximately 50/50 split between occupations that can easily be move remote or online, and more hands-on roles, says Josie Schafer, Ph.D., director of UNO’s Center for Public Affairs.  The…

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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…

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Three events this week mark a slight return to normal for KANEKO.  While the pandemic forced Omaha’s internationally renowned arts and culture nonprofit to curtail its in-person programming, the organization continued its investigation into human creativity at a time beset by intersecting tragedies—from the life-defining disruptions of illness, loss and economic devastation, to the subtler…

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When SPN first spotlighted HerHeadquarters in February of 2020, few of us were aware how drastically the looming pandemic would change our lives. While HerHeadquarters has not been immune to the changes wrought by COVID-19, the past year nonetheless offers a tale of trial and triumph for the Omaha-based brand. The start of 2020 came…

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A Kansas City-based program that supports small business owners is accepting applications for its next cohort.  The GROWTH360 program is centered around giving small business owners in the Kansas City metro a 360-degree perspective on their companies, helping them make better business decisions and avoid blind spots. The program is free to accepted entrepreneurs.  Through…

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