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5416_0a519e440d_small March 26, 2013 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln When Jill Thayer Liliedahl, founder of the frozen treat company Pop Art, and Amber Pankonin, creator of the health-oriented recipe app StirList, met on the Lincoln, Neb. startup scene, the pair began noticing a missing demographic at the events they were attending. Both women were startled by the lack of female entrepreneurs. "We would show up to all these startup events, and we were practically the only women there," Thayer Liliedahl said. "We wanted more to show up." Inspired by … read more

4717_65ff470359_small September 12, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Lincoln Startup Week continued Tuesday night with a business plan competition. Invest Nebraska, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and PitchBurner partnered to create the Startup Week Idea Pitch. Participants had five minutes to share their ideas with a panel of judges for a chance to win $1,000 to help get their idea off the ground. StirList took home the top prize, continuing its rapid recent ascent. The StirList team first came together on Friday and won Startup Weekend Lincoln … read more

4291_bce1d15d88_small June 13, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln FileBound co-founder Rex Lamb describes his company as “a little Nebraska company no one knows about.” But the numbers paint a different picture. The company's Lincoln headquarters house 55 employees, and FileBound also has offices in Denver and Tampa, data centers in Chicago and San Francisco and a team of 13 developers in India. Some 250 resellers in the U.S. sell FileBound's products … read more

4107_019ba98637_small May 14, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln This spring, Croplife awarded the Aphid Speed Scout app the “Top Best Mobile App for Agriculture,” and the winners couldn’t be happier. “It’s an honor, it was really exciting when that came through and it was picked for number one,” said Wayne Ohnesorg, Extension Educator in Madison County at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. Ohnesorg came up with the idea for the app, and team members Mark Hendricks and Ruchi Agrawal developed it. The team says the free app will … read more

4035_a8ccb649df_small May 7, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Last week we explored the path that led Christopher Kingsley, the founder and CEO of 42, to his startup's March relaunch, which was backed by $1.5 million in funding from Nebraska Global and Nelnet. Today, we’ll go more in depth with the company and learn about what makes it tick. “42 is the evolution of what we've been doing the last couple of years," Kingsley said of his company, which before its relaunch was known as Roundscapes. "We have been acting as a digital agency and a vendor and … read more

4034_cd0e57bee6_small May 3, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Christopher Kingsley remembers it well – the “aha” moment he experienced while sitting across the table from entrepreneurs pitching for funds. Kingsley is the co-founder and CEO of 42, the Lincoln-based digital agency and software lab formerly known as Roundscapes that in March announced its new identity and the completion of a $1.5 million round of funding from Lincoln firms Nelnet and Nebraska Global. But Kingsley's journey to entrepreneurship started long before that. When he was 12, he had … read more

3784_174ffa529f_small March 19, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Earlier this month, we reported on Red Brain Inc., the University of Nebraska-Lincoln spinout company that recently introduced its first product, CrimeView NEARme. Last week, we sat down with Ian Cottingham, Red Brain’s president and co-founder, Kevin Farrell, Red Brain’s vice president and co-founder, and Alan Tomkins (left), the director of the University of Nebraska's Public Policy Center, to take a closer look at the startup. Silicon Prairie News: How did Red Brain get started? … read more

3600_66cb19c0d0_small February 9, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Unite Private Networks and the City of Lincoln will form a joint public-private partnership to place a grid of telecommunication fiber in downtown Lincoln. Lincoln mayor Chris Beutler outlined the plan during a press conference today, where he said that the city will finance a grid of conduits that will ultimately hold fiber from Unite and be open to any other communication company. The city will own the conduit, and Unite will maintain it. Any telecommunication service providers will be able to install fiber in the conduit. … read more

3538_63bbd9873a_small February 8, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln The Turbine Flats Project is an "idea community" in Lincoln that began in 2008 with 22 people and 11,500 square feet. Today, some 75 employees work in the space, which has undergone one addition and is in the midst of a second. In December we covered ISoft Data Systems and the company’s CEO, Matthew Wegener. ISoft Data Systems is part of the Turbine Flats Project, which essentially started when ISoft out-grew its old offices and relocated its four employees into a larger space on 9th Street in … read more

3325_014c2280ae_small December 26, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln While studying electrical engineering at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Matthew Wegener had a part time job at a salvage yard where he worked on cars and poured concrete. During his time there, Wegener realized the salvage yard needed an inventory management system. He made a proposal to build the system for them on evenings and weekends. "Literally it was just a card table in a salvage yard," … read more

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