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A first-rate developer is easy to spot. You can quantify how many languages a person knows, how effectively they work, how much value they offer. Evidence of their talent is tangible, well-documented, and often literally glowing. Good managerial candidates are less noticeable. Someone might be a persuasive presenter of innovative ideas, but lack follow-through. Another…

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Jordi Becerril didn’t see a lot of Latinx people working in technology when he was growing up. An avid gamer, the South Omaha native enjoyed taking apart XBoxes and Playstations to study how they worked⁠—and to see if he could put them back together again.  But, because he never noticed any programmers he could really…

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This is a guest post by Tim McMahan, Sr. Director of Digital & Social Media for Union Pacific. Union Pacific’s programmers are gearing up to launch a new developer portal that will significantly enhance customer experience and be the first of its kind in the railroad industry. Currently in pilot mode, the technology will allow…

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As founder and owner of North End Teleservices LLC, a people-centered company underscored and enabled by technology, Carmen Tapio is in her dream job. North End Teleservices provides outsourced contact center services to both commercial and government entities. They are a mission-forward for-profit enterprise with a focus on creating jobs and changing lives in a…

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2019 was a momentous year. The Washington Nationals won the World Series. Lizzo headlined her first music festival ever in Omaha, Nebraska. The president was impeached. And Silicon Prairie News continued to bring you the latest news on Midwest startups, tech and entrepreneurial culture. Here are 10 of our favorite articles from the past 12…

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This is a guest post by Kate Casas. The legislation surrounding the manufacture and sale of hemp products was once a complicated issue. Now, at least, there’s some clarity around it. The passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, a prospect that has farmers nationwide…

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This week Bushel announced that it raised $19.5 million in a Series B funding.  The Fargo, North Dakota based company has consistently attracted money from around the country that is seeking to participate in the growing ag-tech market.  Fargo is one of the leading communities launching ag-tech startups in the region – including the Farm…

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The Silicon Prairie had an excellent week as deals appear to be closing before the holiday rush.  St. Louis and Minneapolis had strong weeks.  And we had a big round in Oklahoma.  The Zero Card of Tulsa which provides an interesting software solution to healthcare costs received significant outside funding – including participation from the…

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Women have played a pivotal role in advancing the frontiers of technological development since the beginning. In fact, the first programmers and even computers – “human computers”- were women assigned the “tedium” of complex data analyses by men positioned in the “more prestigious” roles of discovery and oversight. Were it not for the breakthroughs and…

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This post was provided by Christina Oldfather of the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and a leader at NMotion. The Fall 2019 cohort of the NMotion Accelerator will pitch their businesses at Demo Day on December 18, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. at Nebraska Champions Club in Lincoln. NMotion’s Fall gBETA program kicked off during Lincoln…

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Today, with the help of the AIM Institute, nearly 1,000 students at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School in Council Bluffs learned the fundamentals of computer programming as part of the international Hour of Code initiative.  Principal Mike Naughton expressed his excitement over every student getting a firsthand experience with coding during their science classes. “Anytime…

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This week we are writing a funding roundup that really covers one and ½ weeks to cover Thanksgiving week plus the week previous.  During this time period, Chicago received a disproportionate amount of the funding dollars in the region.  However, Omaha and Oklahoma City both had companies close out fund raising campaigns. Also, the region…

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Paper Airplane Surprises would make a great band name. The combination of whimsy and imagination signals something intriguing ahead. It’s also a good name for a business. Founded by the grade-school-aged children of entrepreneur Casey Putschoegl—herself the owner of 33Vincent, a business that connects and supports remote executive assistants—Paper Airplane Surprises offers consumers a customized…

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This is a guest post by Sarah Schilling, a senior marketing major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a current Information Technology intern at Mutual of Omaha. Mutual of Omaha strives to set the standard for technology internships in the region by offering a program of relevant work, hands-on learning and a fun culture. While…

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In September 2019, Invest Nebraska announced its new incubator program, called the Combine.  This program is a statewide initiative to support high growth companies in food and agriculture.  The program provides support to help companies commercialize nascent technologies that are being developed in the state – including those at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.…

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I sat down with Liderman Duin who is the founder of Bluepoint2, a KC software startup, to discuss his experiences as a software founder, healthcare consultant, and current Pipeline fellow.   We had met previously at a Pipeline recruiting event held at the Omaha Press Club earlier this summer.  His story like many other founder stories…

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Over 400 million individuals worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), have diabetes, living each day on the precipice of health determined by the level of sugar in their bloodstream.  The vigilance required to ensure that their levels are neither too high nor too low can often become all-encompassing. A circumstance that Lonny Stormo,…

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The Commonwealth Podcast features artists, entrepreneurs and athletes that are leading disruptive change. Host Nick Castner provided this episode recap to Silicon Prairie News. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or Buzzsprout. This week, Lex Allen, an up-and-coming non-binary Soul Pop singer/songwriter from Milwaukee, sat down with The Commonwealth to discuss the approach they take to…

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The Silicon Prairie had a strong funding week — more than twenty deals and many large ones.  Oklahoma and Manhattan, Kansas with some noteworthy +1mm raises. Chicago continues to be a leader, but the deals are spread throughout the entire region. Large Rounds (10+ million) Vyriad – $24.38 million – Rochester, MN – Vyriad is…

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Stackify has raised another round of capital.  Stackify filed paperwork on November 20, 2019 that they had raised $4.132 million dollars.  In conversations with the company, they revealed that they had actually raised a little more than $6 million in the form of both debt and equity.  The round included $2 million from Cypress Growth…

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According to SEC filings, St. Louis based FinLocker has raised a $10.389 million round from the St. Louis Arch Angels and other undisclosed investors. FinLocker is a software tool for individual consumers seeking to improve their financial position and literacy.  The company specifically helps aggregate a consumer’s financial data and then analyzes and recommends mortgage…

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Over 500 people attended AIM Tech Celebration last Thursday at MCC’s Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology. The event featured live music from Kethro (aka Make Believe Studio’s Keith Rodger), dancers and jugglers, 3D tech displays, and an awards ceremony. KMTV’s Maya Raenz and the AIM Institute’s Scott Rowe hosted. AIM Tech Celebration is an…

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The Silicon Prairie had a dry week when it comes to outside fundings.  So, the winning cities really appear to be Fayetteville, Arkansas and Iowa City, Iowa.  While neither city had huge deals, they both participated in the creation of ground breaking technologies that have received multiple mechanisms of support from the universities, local economic…

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I have known Karen Linder for many years, and she is an incredible entrepreneur.  Many people do not realize that she has been growing a 3D printing company in Nebraska, called Tethon 3D, for the better part of this decade.  The company is one of the leading suppliers of porcelain and hard to produce ceramic…

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Omaha-based startup, LifeLoop is a senior living software company whose mission is to preserve the connections between residents, their care providers, and family members such that everyone is always “in the loop” about what is taking place in the lives of elderly loved ones in senior communities.  Silicon Prairie News has been following the story…

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