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Posts by John T. Meyer
4511_3e8df07648_small July 30, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Anyone who has ever done design work for a client, company or even just a friend knows how difficult the feedback stage can be. Whether that feedback comes in the form of phone calls, emails or meetings, getting on the same page is a challenge. One startup out of Oklahoma City wants to change that. With its product Cage, BitConfused is working to make collaboration simple. As its website states, Cage … read more

4409_726577a6fc_small July 5, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Yankton You really can never get enough inspiration and motivation by networking and hanging out with creative individuals and expert speakers, can you? The Midwest has another event to add to its list with the emergence … read more

4385_de8eb8fd71_small June 29, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Spring has officially turned to summer and for me that finally means a chance to catch up on all that networking. After a busy spring of attending conferences like SXSW Interactive, Big Omaha and Blogworld NY the stack of business cards begins to pile up (below). In the haze of a conference you exchange lots of cards but often let that stack … read more

4119_6e4c6721f2_small May 11, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Omaha Every year at Big Omaha there seems to be one speaker that unites the hearts of every person in the room at KANEKO. This year at Big Omaha 2012, I have a feeling that Charles Best was that speaker. Best is the founder of, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple, personal and accountable way for people to address educational inequity. Best crafted the story of the origin of his non-profit while also inspiring and … read more

4108_5f4b763ea3_small May 11, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Omaha Throughout Big Omaha 2012, mentions of "interconnectedness" have been hard to miss. Interconnectedness is a major theme for Big Omaha 2012, and one local company with some Big Omaha history is helping spread that theme. What Cheer, an Omaha-based web strategy and design company, is back with … read more

4116_80fa16b7db_small May 10, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Omaha Yael Cohen is on a mission to F--- Cancer, and based on this afternoon's talk at KANEKO during the first day of Big Omaha 2012, she'll be tough to stop. Cohen is the founder and president of F--- Cancer, a movement that is working to make a real impact in the fight against cancer. F--- Cancer was founded in 2010 and strives to activate Generation Y to engage with their parents about early detection and teach supporters how to look for cancer … read more

4112_ddd7a71096_small May 10, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Omaha Ben Lerer of Thrillist was the second speaker to take the stage at The KANEKO for Big Omaha 2012. Lerer is the co-founder of Thrillist, a digital media company; of JackThreads, a members only fashion site for men; and of Lerer Ventures, a venture capital firm that he started with his father. Lerer used his talk to tell his entrepreneurial story and also share a few lessons he learned along the way. Here are some key insights from Lerer's talk. … read more

4054_8767668463_small May 4, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls Sioux Falls will soon have a new place for creatives to gather to collaborate and find inspiration. With a goal to "inform and engage the public on the function and impact of design in our community and daily lives," the Sioux Falls Design Center (SFDC) hopes to be a place for creatives to learn and grow. The new space is located downtown Sioux Falls and is slated to open at the beginning of the summer. It will be an all-around creative environment, complete with a long wall … read more

3692_3b2b8f86b4_small February 28, 2012 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls Back for its third year, the 2012 OTA Sessions will be held on Friday, March 23 in Sioux Falls. The inspirational and aspirational event has captivated more than 600 attendees and introduced more than 15 thought-provoking speakers to the Midwest. Originally founded to highlight the Midwest as a hub of leadership and innovation, OTA represents the -OTA states: South DakOTA, North DakOTA and MinnesOTA. As it also stands for … read more

3516_41040b9081_small January 26, 2012 by John T. Meyer

We're likely all familiar with the adage that business is all about relationships. As our world becomes flat and more connected, I think this adage rings true more than ever. But managing and organizing these relationships can be the most difficult task in business. How do we stay in touch with everyone? How do we remember … read more

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