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Cornstalks Thursday, June 25: Optira co-founder, Mitchell Schefcik, to speak

Omaha June 23, 2009 by Danny Schreiber

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At this month's Cornstalks, Mitchell Schefcik, Co-Founder, President and CEO, of Optira will be speaking.

Optira, a San Jose-based company with its operations office in Omaha, uses scanning laser technology to create extremely accurate 3D CAD models of buildings and other structures (see the sweet image below). Since its formation in 2003, Mitchell has endured many of the ups and downs of starting a new business. He will be speaking about his experiences as well as answering questions.

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Please join us this Thursday, June 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Chamber’s downtown office, 1301 Harney St. For more details, contact Tom Chapman at tchapman@omahachamber.org.

If you're unfamiliar with Cornstalks, check out last month's reminder post in which we gave an overview and FAQs.

Cornstalks is a group for pre-seed and seed entrepreneurs with high growth companies that meets monthly at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s downtown office. The meetings typically involve one or two presentations from high growth entrepreneurs or individuals who work with high growth companies (venture capitalists, lawyers, market experts, etc.). Then, there is an informal discussion and networking session. Milk and cookies are served.

At last month's meeting, Christopher Norton of 510 Cinema began by presenting his company and its latest endeavor, modernholiday.tv. Christopher then joined Adam Nielsen of GoodTwin Design and Chuck Sloup of Senus Machine Intelligence on a panel discussion in which they shared their experiences and gave their insight into the trials and tribulations of getting a business started. The panel also took questions, which included: "What did you do wrong?" "What kind of corporation are you?" and "What were your start-up costs?"

Check out the videos below from last month's "What do I do first?" Entrepreneur Panel (in two parts) to hear Christopher, Adam and Chuck speak candidly about their experiences.

Part 1

Part 2

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