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6477_212dcc7b22_small February 12, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Dusty Reynolds) Thursday evening is Omaha's inaugural Event Draft, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Aroma's/402 Collective, 6051 Maple St., in Benson. Each event will receive up to $400 in grants from a $20,000 fund provided by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce to help fund tech entrepreneurship events… read more

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Des Moines (Guest post by Dan Shipton) When building a company, you may be tempted to seek out partners who solely compliment your skills, or lack thereof. If you aren't a programmer, designer, writer or marketer, you may look for people who are. But choosing a co-founder isn't just a matter of plugging in skill sets—there's more to consider. Because co-founders spend hours [and hours] together and face endless decisions, you should also be on the same page when it comes to philosophy ... read more

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Mountain View (Guest post by Wade Foster) I've written before about how we manage Zapier as a remote team. But one point that is constantly brought up is how co-located teams have an easier time building culture vs. remote teams. In fact, I've even had co-located teams tell me their culture problems were solved by simply buying a foosball table. Though I challenge the truthiness of that statement, I don't think there's a quick path to building company culture, especially for a remote team... read more

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Iowa City (Guest post by Josh Cramer) In 1976, a man named Dale Chihuly was in a head-on car accident in which he flew through the windshield of his vehicle. As a result, he sustained severe injuries to his face and became blind in his left eye. Prior to this incident, Mr. Chihuly had studied the art of glass blowing and had begun a career as an artist and glass instructor. The incident and resulting blindness forever changed Mr Chihuly’s life and perspective as an artist. This incident enabled him to transform his art and work from that which was fairly traditional to work that was truly revolutionary and unlike anything else... read more

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Omaha (Guest post by Shane Reiser) At Startup Genome I lead a remote team of seven—some full time, some on contract. I have three fears leading a remote team: not knowing what my team is doing, not being there to help them push through an obstacle and not having enough fun. Here's what I do to remedy my fears ... read more

6348_a1a850cb41_small December 27, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Andy Kallenbach) We launched FormZapper a little more than a year ago, have always used some form of outside development and have been pleased with the result. Although I have many years of software development experience, I chose to outsource the majority of our work for the benefits of dependable talent and the lower payroll commitment. However, outside development requires a much larger commitment to communication ... read more

6327_5238698e93_small December 20, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Andrea Hansen & Jerod Mollenhauer) We launched Venuefox this past September after a year in development with eWay Corporation. My co-founder and I are first-time entrepreneurs who came to the table with limited funds and even more limitations when it came to building a website, so we had no choice but to outsource the development of our site... read more

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Cedar Rapids (Guest post by Ben Anderson) When I set out to create Bandwidth Pool, a complex online bidding website, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it alone. I don’t have any practical experience designing, developing or generally understanding the components that comprise a complex web application. Because of the lack of programming experience, outsourcing the build of my website to a development firm was the best option...  read more

6312_f69bd996fb_small December 10, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Sigh. I hate bios. I especially hate bios that say so and so is "addicted to coffee" or "a wannabe gourmet cook" or "a social media guru/ninja/pro." Really, it's more interesting if you're not addicted to coffee. Also, let's delete anything with the words "junkie," "buff" or "aficionado." I try not to play into the cliches when it comes to describing myself, but it's an easy trap to fall into ... read more

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Kansas City (Guest post by Riddhiman Das) For more than two years, I've consulted with more than 35 different organizations around the country on various software projects. These organizations have had very different development needs. Some of them were just an idea a solo entrepreneur was trying hard to get off the ground without any funding at all, while others were for Fortune 500 companies with a lot of experience working with outside ... read more

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