Weekly Wrap Up
Every Friday, we'll be linking to the previous week's news that pertains to "SPNers" and listing the upcoming week's events that pique our interest.
News of Last Week
4/3 - NE Creative: Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska Website, GoodTwin Design
4/5 - AP: Omaha business named tech company of year, Phenomblue
4/7 - UNO Gateway: UNMC to bring science cafes to Omaha young professionals
4/8 - KC Star: Entrepreneurs work to make Midwest a high-tech hub, BIG Omaha
4/9 - Twitterstop.com: Everything is BIG in Omaha, BIG Omaha
Events of Next Week
4/15-16 - Infotec09
Experience an all NEW Infotec in 2009! Join regional IT professionals and business leaders as they converge at the Qwest Center Omaha on April 14 & 15. Under new direction of the AIM Institute and with a new content-driven format, Infotec09 is slated to be the Midwest’s premier IT conference, providing attendees with rich speaker content and an atmosphere that resonates with fun and excitement. Four keynote speakers and a comprehensive schedule of 60 breakout sessions make Infotec09 one event you won’t want to miss!
[If you're attending, don't miss SPN's talk!]
Building Omaha's Creative Class Through Silicon Prairie News
Jeff Slobotski - Co-founder, Silicon Prairie News, Dusty Davidson - Co-founder, Silicon Prairie News and Co-founder, BrightMix
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Silicon Prairie News (SPN) is a website focused on highlighting and promoting the 'creative class' in and around Omaha. This includes entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, developers and more. Through the use of video, blogging, events and social media, SPN has built a large grass-roots community and is working hard to put Omaha on the map as a hub of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. This presentation will highlight the history and momentum of SPN, with a special emphasis on 'Where do we go from here?'
Come join us after work (starting at 4:30 p.m.) -- NO NEED TO REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT!
OUR FEATURED SPEAKER (at approximately 5:15 p.m.): A serial entrepreneur, Gordon Whitten is the founder of Income Dynamics and Sojern. Income Dynamics, founded in 2000 in Omaha, developed and marketed the ItsDeductible software solution for tracking tax deductible in-kind donations. After raising $3 million in angel investment, getting featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and selling several hundred thousand copies of the solution, Gordon sold the company to Intuit in 2003. He stayed with Intuit (the provider of Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax) for four years launching several new consumer products from within a large Silicon Valley corporation. During all his travels on airplanes to California, he came up with the concept for Omaha based Sojern, Inc. which he founded in the fall of 2007.
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