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6723_7ecbf8ea8c_small April 18, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Ryan White) Just about a year ago, my dad and I found out we were accepted into the Straight Shot accelerator. Things got real for HuntForce, real fast. We debuted our trail camera photo software in front of hundreds last October. And then the real work began. While we still had the support and help of Straight Shot, Aviture, GoodTwin, Dundee Venture Capital and Treetop Ventures, we were calling the shots and ... read more

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Des Moines (Guest post by Frank Merchlewitz) A list post! Hooray! It was only a matter of time before I created some good old-fashioned clickbait. Let me start by saying I love Codecademy. I couldn’t have gotten to the level I’m at now without their introductory Javascript course. But as any good web developer will tell you, the best way to learn is by actually building something… read more

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Seattle (Guest post by Foster Casterline) At 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 27, 14 KU information systems students crammed into our cars and departed for Kansas City International Airport. Ahead of us was a two-day networking adventure to one of the most vibrant technology communities in the world: Seattle. We each had expectations going in, but prepared for two things: lots of rain and an incredible experience ... read more

6675_63291ef52e_small April 7, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Six weeks, officially half way. It feels like we have been here three months already, but at the same time, like we just started. Long days are starting to catch up with me. I can hardly keep track of the days of the week anymore. My language has changed from English to a weird set of acronyms and terminology I had not heard until recently. I literally code all day, over meals. I even dream about code. But this is what I signed up for, and I'm having a blast… read more

6642_4c58bba0d7_small March 28, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Jeff Rohr) Dickie V has it right. The passion to go out and get what you want, live your dream and know that you left it all on the floor is the only way to live for me. Watching the NCAA tournament, I can't help but identify so many similarities with startup life: teams carefully formed with complementing skill sets, learning the power of the team is greater than any single talent, having a common vision to be the best, trusting in the players around you and knowing that only hard work will propel you to the top ... read more

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Omaha (Guest post by Dusty Davidson) I try not to get caught up in internet flame wars, regardless of which side of the topic I happen to land on. However, I do find the whole “Why are there no female speakers at Nebraska Code Camp” to be an interesting lesson in a bunch of things. The short version is this: Nebraska Code Camp, a volunteer-run conference focusing on all things software development in Nebraska, made a call for speakers and then published the lineup: 48 men and 0 women. Subsequently a bit of a storm erupted on social media ... read more

6630_0d3ed65804_small March 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Austin (Guest post by Ryan O'Connell) Often nicknamed “spring break for entrepreneurs,” SXSW is increasingly becoming a party rather than a conference. But don’t be fooled by its massive size or fun atmosphere, it’s still a serious opportunity. Startup founders trek to Austin annually in hopes of becoming the new GroupMe or Twitter ... read more

6619_ccbd996639_small March 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Four weeks. It's crazy to think we are already a third of the way through Omaha Code School. We've come a long way since my last update. Let me get you up to speed with what we are doing. Up until this point, our programs didn't have any persistence. That means when we shut down the program, any information we had entered was destroyed and we had to re-enter it the next time we started up again... read more

6622_226b68fb0b_small March 21, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Kevin Dewalt is an entrepreneur and angel investor living in Beijing. He teaches entrepreneurs how to implement lean startup and marketing strategies on his blog, He still enjoys writing software and working on SoHelpful—his product ... read more

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Lincoln (Guest post by Ben Pankonin) There's this common thought that startups develop out of a certain personal belief that the problem you are solving impacts you greatly and causes a deep emotional reaction engaging every fiber of your being to solve it. At least for me, I always thought that was the way it was supposed to work. I envisioned a love at first sight or in this case, a "startup at first sight" dream ... read more

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