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6261_9b8536edba_small November 29, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Coralville (Guest post by Alec Whitters of Higher Learning Technologies) I think it's easy to assume every entrepreneur has that light bulb moment. You know, a sudden flash of insight into what ultimately becomes their company. I know that's what I thought. It's why I'm not surprised when I hear a question like, “How did you come up with this idea? I could never think of something like that... read more

6273_b103b6fc79_small November 22, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Jonathan Ruiz of e-Beacons) In 2009 I was 18 years old, and recently graduated from high school. In all honesty, I was an underachiever, and I’m sure my teachers would back that claim. When it came to my future the most thought I had given it was telling all my friends that I was going to be rich by the end of world, or December 21, 2012. I had an affinity for being creative and a knack for writing, so I decided to pursue journalism at the University of Missouri ... read more

6242_b1c006db27_small November 15, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Hunter Browning of Fannect) There are few things in the world I enjoy more than learning. This complete obsession has been one of the most influential factors in shaping my life and developing the journey I currently find myself on. That statement might seem odd coming from someone who dropped out of college after just three months. Allow me to backtrack and explain how the unique learning experiences I have been fortunate enough to have and the inherent curiosity I was born with brought me to the moment of leaving an educational institutiion in an attempt to truly learn ... read more

6204_bc31e758ef_small November 8, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Iowa City (Guest post by Joe Dallago and AJ Nelson of clusterFlunk) Education is something we are very passionate about at clusterFlunk. Passionate enough to take our “leap of faith," and completely ditch the typical route of higher learning that most teens and early twenty-somethings feel they have to take in order to succeed. Passionate enough to build a company out of those pain points we were feeling ... read more

6205_74624bc0d4_small November 4, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City As we prepare to host three of our fall Startup Job Crawls in the coming weeks, we wanted to remind students and startups how important an event like this is to our community. Not only does it provide an environment to discover a world of startups perhaps unknown to students, but it opens the door to future career opportunities, great hires, mentors and much, much more between the entrepreneurs and startups involved ... read more

6154_3c4eb04b1f_small October 14, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City About the author: Eze Redwood is an ambassador for Kansas City Startup Village, one of the lead organizers for MECA Innovation Challenge and partner at Wings Cafe in Kansas City. Kansas City Startup Village’s inaugural MECA Innovation Challenge ... read more

6126_327cdb54a3_small October 7, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Gosh, we love startups don’t we? It gives people from any city a warm, fuzzy feeling when they can say they have a good startup community. There is a push all across the Silicon Prairie to create policies and infuse money into fostering more startups. But, is this the correct way to go about it? Do we really need to produce more startups or should we actually be creating policies and giving money to scale startups that already exist? ... read more

6098_9d620a8a80_small October 1, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Omaha-based startup BuyNow recently announced a publisher partnership with ALH Publications, Inc. and metroMAGAZINE, which are also based in Omaha. BuyNow is a mobile commerce application that allows consumers to instantly purchase an item pictured in an advertisement by texting a keyword provided within the ad. Shaz Khan, founder and CEO of BuyNow, will be debuting the technology at Straight Shot’s inaugural Demo Day on Oct. 3...  read more

6106_11b9ec4ad8_small September 30, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Ames As our bus screeched in to Ann Arbor, Mich., surrounded by the darkness of late evening and a harassing light drizzle, I nervously guided our group into Michigan Stadium to check them in. We were only eight hours into an amazing weekend but I was already breathing a sigh of relief. We made it ... read more

6095_170dae3803_small September 25, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha One common trait among the most successful startups that come out of the Midwest is their founding team’s ability to attract attention from New York to San Francisco and everyone in between. And for one Straight Shot startup, Cosmic Cart, that trait is shining through ... read more

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