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6903_39cc5a7666_small May 27, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Jase Wilson) CityCampKC began at OfficePort in Spring 2012, when about 120 civic-minded folks gathered to share perspectives and discuss what it means to be a city. Held as an unconference, CCKC12 invited folks to share what they were working on, and collectively imagine the city they wanted. But Kansas City’s rise from cowtown to tech epicenter was already well under way. read more

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Omaha (Guest post by Andy von Dohren) The last two weeks have been a lot of work. I'm not talking about project work, which can actually be a lot of fun. I'm talking about mock interviews, resume writing, portfolio building and documentation writing work. Omaha Code School has done a lot for us over the last 12 weeks. They've taught us, helped us overcome difficult problems and provided mentors for us to learn from. But at no point have they been more helpful than the last two weeks. Lately we have been working on getting all our work ready to show to potential employers. read more

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Kansas City (Guest post by Adam Coomes) These days, we’re trained to be analytical. Just look around you. We have fitness devices tracking our every step so we can analyze our habits. We use services like Google Analytics to analyze the results of our work. We use numbers for everything. Entrepreneurs especially are analytical by nature. We have to be. But in the process, we push aside our most basic decision-making powers: our instincts. read more

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Omaha (Guest post by Adam Torpin) While branding the conference has always been a team effort here at Oxide, this is the first year I’ve volunteered to take the lead. As a designer, it’s a very desirable project because the team at Silicon Prairie News, within reason, agrees to trust our expertise and grant us complete creative freedom. read more

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Iowa City (Guest post by Amanda Styron, co-founder and CEO of Seed Here Studio and one of the organizers behind EntreFEST.) EntreFEST is a celebration of those who make Iowa awesome: the entrepreneurs creating the future prosperity, vibrancy, companies and communities of our state. Part summit, part festival and part resource hub, there’s a lot happening at EntreFEST 2014 in three short days. If you haven’t yet, register online. read more

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Omaha (Guest post by Andy von Dohren) Having a client is a powerful thing. We started on a group project last week for SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer, a local organization that makes sock monkeys for cancer patients. Their founder, Jen Windrum, went through a devastating lung cancer case with her mother, who sadly passed away last year. Her mother lived 2,000 miles away, and she wanted to give her mother something she could keep with her during appointments and procedures when she couldn't attend. read more

6760_134ee0561f_small May 3, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln Entrepreneur I most want to grab a drink with: Probably Bill Gates. I think it’s pretty amazing that he’s already changed the world once through technology, and now he’s making it even better with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Plus, I love Seattle, so I’d be totally OK with meeting him there. read more

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Omaha (Guest post by Bill Goedken) Crazy. Insane. Out of my mind. That's what I was called when I came out of retirement to start yet another company. So why do I feel so lucky? Quick background: I founded an Omaha-based software and service company called Profitstar in the '80s. My team and I built up a worldwide clientele. Over time we went from No. 48 to No. 1 in our market, and our clients loved us. As the saying goes, life was good. Then I faced one of the major decisions every entrepreneur faces: when to move on.  read more

6761_88e3eeed9a_small April 26, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln Prairie Portraits is a weekly set of questions intended to help the community get to know someone from the Silicon Prairie startup scene a little bit better. Prairie Portraits feature a fixed set of questions ranging from career background ... read more

6719_c10484f932_small April 25, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Adi Kunalic) "People are not your most important asset. The right people are." — Jim Collins, “Good to Great” As a young entrepreneur in the Midwest, I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of two startups, Hurrdat and opendorse. At Hurrdat, we’ve grown from two founders with a crazy idea to 15 employees in just under four years. How did we do this? I’ll say it’s a combination of trial and error, mixed with a little bit of luck… read more

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