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When most people think of bad timing in business, they imagine a company that scrambled to jump on an opportunity but showed up with too little, too late. It happens all too often. People can be slow to act on a dawning opportunity and others will beat them to the punch. A far more heartbreaking example of bad timing occurs when a company shows up way too early for an opportunity and dies waiting for the market to come together.

A healthy economy starts with healthy food. The nutrients necessary for optimal function and development are found in high concentrations in fresh produce. But unlike in many parts of the world, fresh fruits and vegetables are typically more expensive in the U.S. than processed food (the reverse is generally true elsewhere).  Considering a healthy, balanced…

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To help remove barriers to tech education, address the ongoing shortage of tech workers in the Silicon Prairie, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers, the Omaha STEM Ecosystem and the AIM Institute have launched the online STEM Community Platform, presented by Cox.  The STEM Community Platform, located at stemplatform.org, connects youth,…

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For years, tech-savvy consumers have bemoaned the planned obsolescence that companies like Apple have encoded into their products like slow-motion time bombs.  If consumers have to pay so much for a device that they use everyday, the thinking goes, shouldn’t they be able to fix a cracked screen or replace a dead battery, for instance,…

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This is the first installment of an ongoing series of recommendations geared toward the tech and startup community. SPN is not receiving payment or endorsement for any of these recommendations (not yet, anyway, hint hint). We simply consider them worth checking out.  Written by a duo of Los Angeles-based therapists whose clients include several recognizable…

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146 attendees turned out to last night’s gBETA community pitch night at the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, with another 77 attending thanks to a simultaneous live-streamed on Twitch. COVID protocols were in place, and some attendees donned masks. The event marked a celebration of Nebraska’s startup ecosystem, featuring presentations from five early-stage Nebraska startups…

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It might be hard to believe, but it’s not very difficult for an early stage company to run into all sorts of legal issues before they even start to ship product. The good news is that most legal issues at this stage are confined to just a few areas. With just a little research, you can ascertain whether the company has any legal cleanup needed before you are ready to sign the check and close the deal.

My wife gave birth to our first child just 11 weeks ago. So along with all the other worries, doubts, and the “Oh my god, I have no idea what I am doing” feelings that come with being a new parent, I am anxious about the future and the world in which my daughter will…

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Humans are resilient, just like the prairie itself, thanks to robust root structures.  The pandemic and political rancor of 2020 was a test of our ability to navigate uncertainty and unseen threats. Everything we had built to that point was based on obsolete assumptions, forcing us to each reevaluate our priorities and plans.  The companies,…

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Silicon Prairie-based startup accelerator gener8tor is hosting a pitch night for investors Wednesday at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center in Lincoln. Five early-stage startups participating in gener8tor’s seven-week gBETA accelerator program will give five-minute pitches to an audience of potential investors in hopes of securing support. The event is free, open to the public,…

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A new report released by start-up incubator Innosphere Ventures, a nonprofit based in Fort Collins, Colo., takes a deep look at recent venture capital (VC) funding trends in Nebraska. The report finds that, even in the middle of a global pandemic, 2020 was a banner year for VC across America, including Nebraska.  The news comes…

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This is a guest post from Irena Ducic of Embroker, a digital insurance company.  As small businesses or startups grow, so do their needs for expanding their networks of business partners and collaborators. In order to stimulate and accelerate growth, business relationships are formed, partnerships are forged and third-parties are hired to help provide value…

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If you are coaching a team that knows what a deep dive meeting is and how to prepare for it, then it’s likely they also know how to navigate their way through it so they can move forward with investors into and through due diligence. All that is left for you to teach them is how they can avoid undermining themselves during the deep dive meeting itself.

Companies and tech-savvy individuals alike are increasingly adopting blockchain—a decentralized, distributed method for storing data securely—for their business needs, with global spending on blockchain solutions forecast to top $17 billion by 2024.  Used in everything from food supply chain tracking to public transaction ledgers for cryptocurrency, blockchain presents a win for cybersecurity and data safety.…

The post Omaha startup Pinata specializes in blockchain, plays vital role in emerging digital art market appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.

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 move remote or online, and more hands-on roles, says Josie Schafer, Ph.D., director of UNO’s Center for Public Affairs.  The latter…

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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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A frequently misquoted maxim by F. Scott Fitzgerald claims there are no second acts in American lives. And while it turns out the late Great Gatsby author actually meant the opposite of that, the line nevertheless entered pop culture. Whether Omaha-based UX researcher Carleá Jean Magee’s recent mid-career shift to technology counts as a second…

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This is a guest post by Jonathan Holland, Sr. Director of Development and Compliance for the AIM Institute. I am an outsider. A Texan through-and-through, I relocated to the Omaha area in 2018 to be closer to my wife’s family. Honestly, even after marrying a girl from Nebraska, I never saw myself moving here. Yet…

The post Opinion: Underestimated Nebraska Gets Left Off the List…Again  appeared first on Silicon Prairie News.

One of the toughest jobs in the business world is the CEO role in a startup company. It’s a rare breed of person who has the complex mix of skills to successfully launch and grow a major company. In their never ending search for potentially great companies, investors focus much of their attention on the character and capabilities of founding CEOs. And, two of the most important skills to look for in a CEO are tenacity and the ability to sell.

Over 400 corporations, investors and startups working in the agtech and foodtech industries will gather virtually tomorrow at the second annual OnRamp Agriculture Conference to discuss the future of agriculture and investment trends. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 15, and is hosted by gener8tor, The Combine and the…

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An up-and-coming Omaha startup is advising iPhone users to think twice before swapping out their old or damaged devices for new ones. Joshua Hample, co-founder and CEO of Omaha-based startup Certified Cell, says in many cases, defects that seem irreparable are actually fixable, though wireless carriers don’t necessarily want you to know that. Hample said…

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Do you remember the first time you became excited about investing in an early stage technology company? You were impressed by the CEO and you loved the market opportunity. But, you knew you had to dig deep to find out whether there was a real winner in the making. So, you took a step back and started putting together a list of all the questions you had and the research you needed to do before making an investment.

This is a guest post by Itamar Gero, founder and CEO of SEOReseller.com, a white label SEO and digital marketing solutions provider. Google has released a new set of metrics called the Core Web Vitals to help improve user experience. The June 2021 Core Update – as Google named it – was released last month,…

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For the first time since March 2020, 1 Million Cups Des Moines returns to in-person programming on Wed., July 7 at 8 a.m. The event will feature the nonprofit Pursuit of Innovation (Pi515) at 1 Million Cups’ new location, coworking space Gravitate Downtown.  Speakers at next week’s event will include Nancy Mwirotsi, founder and executive…

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in this situation: You meet with an entrepreneur, and his pitch is awesome! The team is great, the product is great… everything is great. Except, the team is seriously deficient when it comes to understanding finances. It’s time to roll up your sleeves, pull out the green eyeshade and dig into the financial plan and funding strategy for this awesome new company.

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