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Posts by Kate Ellingson
3030_5b5c0ef08a_small October 20, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Hurrdat Social Media, a Lincoln-based social media firm, held an open house last Friday to celebrate moving into new offices in the Haymarket in downtown Lincoln. I caught up with the company's founder and CEO, Blake Lawrence, before the event and asked him how the company’s Athlete Engagement Program, which we covered before its August launch, was doing. Lawrence told me that Hurrdat now has more than 100 athletes on the platform … read more

2642_06cfa9ea2b_small August 10, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln One year ago, former University of Nebraska-Lincoln football teammates and college roommates … read more

2596_129b06d6ef_small July 25, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Rare Earth Solar co-founders Allen Kruse and Joseph Brewer met at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while Brewer was getting his doctorate in inorganic chemistry and tutoring Kruse in his chemistry class. Brewer started telling Kruse about his solar technology invention and that he was thinking about starting a business. Kruse, a Navy veteran and businessman, has experience starting businesses, and it caught his attention. “After knowing each … read more

2359_9b327ae951_small June 9, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Shane Farritor had no plans of becoming an entrepreneur, but things changed in 2006. “This started with an alumnus from the university who is on the dean’s advisory board," said Farritor, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "He’s been very successful doing startup companies and wanted to help the university with his expertise. He wanted to help engineers … read more

2231_6a59f42358_small June 2, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Last week we introduced you to Bob Hinrichs, the technology developer that moved to back to Lincoln last summer after spending years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to what we covered in the first story on Hinrichs, we also visited with him about the keys to creating a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem. Here are Hinrichs' essential elements for a successful ecosystem … read more

2230_63b891c96f_small May 23, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln After two decades spent in Silicon Valley, Bob Hinrichs came home to Lincoln last summer, and he believes the city is ready to foster a flourishing tech scene of its own. "I lived through the 90s in California, and it was glorious," said Hinrichs, who works as the chief technology officer for two coastal companies: ISL Consulting, based in San Francisco, and Clear Metrics, based in New York City. "I'd like to do that again, and this time, this is where it's going to happen. "My companies, and I personally, are extremely interested in increasing our presence and activity in Lincoln. I'm in the process of getting to know people here, and we are looking into ways that we can do that." I visited with Bob in person and via email about his observations of the Silicon Prairie … read more

2250_122fc57dd2_small May 23, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Omaha Since its inception in 2009, Big Omaha has been held at KANEKO, an "open space for open minds that nurtures and promotes creativity in the arts, sciences, and philosophy." In addition to the permanent and exhibiting art collections housed at KANEKO, Big Omaha invites a select group of artists to add a unique element to its conference with installations or exhibitions geared towards attendees. At this year’s event, Peerless’ Caleb Coppock, Daphne Eck … read more

2275_0b531a3070_small May 19, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Have you ever thought about designing your own video game? With Green Bein’ Productions new product, Synch, you can build your own game and then challenge your friends to play it. Deana Ward, vice president of Green Bein’, says that kids and adults love the new product. "Well, the only marketing we … read more

2249_2c3132350f_small May 17, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Omaha Marc Eckō is a serial entrepreneur. His roots to business are tied deeply to his love of art and popular culture. He is the founder and chief creative officer of Mark Eckō Enterprises, a billion dollar full-scale global fashion and lifestyle company. Eckō was the youngest member ever inducted into the board of directors for the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He is also founder of Artists & Instigators, a venture innovation company … read more

2196_f27a57a820_small May 5, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Young entrepreneurs, students and professionals from the Lincoln business community were all ears when the Entrepreneurship Committee from Lincoln’s Young Professionals Group put on its latest event at the Raikes School on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. John Wirtz, COO of Hudl, interviewed Steve Kiene, managing director of Nebraska Global, and Kiene talked about his background, startup experience and tips for new entrepreneurs. … read more

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