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Great ideas start with curiosity. Bringing those ideas to life is its own challenge.  That’s what longtime entrepreneur Bryan Ardinger believes, and that’s why he’s made it his mission to help Nebraska startup founders, business leaders and innovators solve those challenges.  Ardinger is cofounder of InsideOutside.io, an innovation-focused resource network for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, enterprises,…

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In the beginning of this deal terms series, we observed that the concepts covered in a typical term sheet can be grouped into four main categories of investor concerns: Deal Economics; Investor Rights/Protection; Governance, Management & Control; and Exits/Liquidity. In this last article we are going to finish off the series by looking at the provisions relating to Exits and Liquidity.

With no fewer than 32,000 business closures in the restaurant industry through the end of August—nearly 20,000 of them permanent, according to Yelp’s latest Economic Impact Report—the fragility of restaurateurs and similar walk-in businesses has been laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even for establishments that sought to pivot to curbside pick-up and deliveries, the…

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Early on a Thursday, Beeso Studio founder John Bunting is typing a quick email while apologizing for not having his webcam on. This interview, by his estimate, is already his fourth or fifth meeting of the day. Bunting has been busy working out a deal that involves hiring a new team by the following Monday,…

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What defines a leader? Titles can help identify possible leaders. Validation, however, certainly requires seeing a leader in action. Joe Mandato has held many leadership titles and been in many leadership roles. He’ll leave the quality of that leadership to others to ponder. What he does know is that he was not born a leader. Nor did he learn leadership in college or graduate school, despite the leadership classes he took and the conscious efforts he made to build his leadership skills. 

Joe learned leadership by watching it in action. When I asked Joe to give me an example of how he learned from great leaders, he told me the following story. 

Let’s say it’s 1985, long before “no code” is a thing. You’re lacing up your Keds to hit the cineplex and watch “The Breakfast Club” again when, suddenly, a person from the year 2020 steps through your Michael Jordan poster, wearing, for some reason, a surgical mask. They look tired. After terrifying you with grim…

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Let’s say it’s 1985, long before “no code” is a thing. You’re lacing up your Keds to hit the cineplex and watch “The Breakfast Club” again when, suddenly, a person from the year 2020 steps through your Michael Jordan poster, wearing, for some reason, a surgical mask. They look tired. After terrifying you with grim…

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Over 30 free virtual info sessions, presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities covering tech entrepreneurship will mark a weeklong celebration of the Lincoln startup ecosystem beginning Monday.   Now in its ninth year, Lincoln Techstars Startup Week gives attendees the chance to connect with the entrepreneurial community while learning about the multifaceted challenges of startup life.…

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If the idea of getting paid to build out one new product or service per week sounds exciting, then keep reading and act quickly. “We are seeking founders who want to create great companies here in Nebraska,” said Scott Henderson, managing director of the NMotion Accelerator, a gener8tor program. NMotion is launching a monthlong virtual…

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How do you know when it’s time? It’s not like a company is a baby that has a 9 month gestation period. Every company is different. Some are ready for a good exit after a year or two of product development. Others might take 10 years or more before they are ready.

Though the U.S. national employment rate of 8.4% is about half of what it was at its lowest point in April, a patchwork of back-to-school plans and continued COVID-19 restrictions have left many people stuck in their homes—for better or worse.  If Omaha startup HERE co-founder Dana Dyksterhuis has a say, it’ll be the former. …

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Nearly 1200 people yesterday attended the virtual Heartland Developers Conference, hosted by the AIM Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to building the tech talent community. It was the first time in HDC’s 17-year history that the conference was held online. Featuring 23 breakout sessions covering a range of tech topics, the conference gave IT professionals weary…

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It takes a while to scroll all the way to the bottom of the Google Scholar page for Atif Farid.  As senior research scientist of Ontrak, Inc. and AI professor at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Farid has authored or co-authored over 50 research articles on topics ranging from cloud computing to service-oriented architecture…

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My favorite time of year in New England is early Fall. The heat and humidity of summer are gone, and the air is crisp and clear. Separating the cities of Boston and Cambridge, the Charles River is alive with sailors from several local universities and the Community Boating center. People jogging, biking, walking and enjoying the best of what Boston has to offer fill the sidewalks along the river. It was on just such an October evening in 1999 that I walked along the river mesmerized by the sparkling water and the Boston skyline. I was making my way to an entrepreneurship event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, better known as MIT.

As the pandemic drags on, the role of remote work, remote learning and even remote socializing grows more important. But can the same benefits of an in-person experience be had online? That’s what an Omaha-based leadership development academy for tech professionals is finding out. Since the pandemic broke out in March, industries have quickly acclimated…

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Lincoln-based software development company Don’t Panic Labs and Doane University have teamed up to turn non-tech employees at sponsor organizations into fully fledged software engineers. The comprehensive initiative, called the Nebraska Dev Lab Pipeline Program, aims to strengthen Nebraska’s tech workforce and grow a larger, more diverse talent pool for employers to choose from when…

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Measuring and monitoring performance runs in parallel with managing every type of business. Many organizations rely on high level financial statements to show year over year changes and business trends in order to plan for the future. But relatively infrequent and high level financials never tell the whole story. There are many additional metrics to take into account which, when tracked on an on-going basis, may provide insight into the overall health of your organization, and its progress toward key goals. 

Collectively, these metrics provide a more complete view of your business - past, present, and heading into the future - and enable business leaders to plan and make adjustments as necessary. The most common term for these kinds of metrics is Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

It’s fitting that an annual conference for software developers is using technology to continue this year’s event during a global pandemic. The 17th annual AIM Heartland Developers Conference will take place virtually on Sept. 24 via the industry-leading Hop.in conference platform. This year’s breakout tracks include AI, design, container orchestration, IT culture, frameworks, .NET, DevOps…

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Vanessa Kasun is debugging some code, finalizing her presentation for the upcoming Heartland Developers Conference on Sept. 24. The topic? How to build a React app from the ground up. Kasun, an instructor at AIM Code School, will take HDC attendees from installation of the Node.js open-source cross-platform Javascript runtime environment to launching a simple…

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“What are the main ingredients for success with a startup company?” That’s a question I hear all the time. There’s no easy answer to this question, nor should anyone expect there to be. However, if I had to pick one of the most important ingredients in startup success, it would most certainly include the qualities of the company founder and leader. This articles serves as an introduction to our latest book built around a fascinating collection of entrepreneurial stories that teach some of the most important startup lessons we’ve learned over the years. Stories have the power to make underlying lessons come alive for the audience. Understanding the core concepts in these stories helps both investors and entrepreneurs when they reach key inflection points with their companies.

The immediate future of college sporting contests may be hazy due to COVID-19, but there’s been no slowdown at mobile app development company From Now On.  In fact, the global pandemic has fast-tracked the Omaha company’s development and roll-out of features to its FanX™ platform for sports-starved fans across the country.  CEO Sue Thaden said…

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As active early stage investors and directors of Launchpad Venture Group, we are asked frequently about how we track our portfolio of investments and how we stay on top of the financial performance of each company. When we say that we track them in detail, the next question is what data do we track for each investment we make? And, we are asked about how we track the overall performance of our total portfolio.

A team of student data analysts is helping Creighton baseball gain the most out of new tech equipment.  An initiative out of Creighton University is assisting the Bluejay baseball team while also providing students with real-world sports analytics experience.  The blending of both fields creates a winning atmosphere for players and students alike, says Creighton…

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Active deal leadership is one of the essential elements of success in early stage investing.  As legendary investor Fred Wilson observed, every round needs a lead investor. Being a great deal lead takes experience, or the guidance of a great process. That is the purpose of this series - to provide the guidance of a great process so that more people can step up to serve as much-needed deal leads.

This thinkpiece by Noni Williams forms part three of SPN’s three-part series investigating unconscious bias in the hiring process (be sure to read part one and part two). Williams is a Data Analyst at Kiewit with a passion for automation and the use of data to solve complex problems. Here, she analyzes the advantages and…

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