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7048_b7a3929182_small July 10, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Omaha    Post by Dave Vankat, director of events for AIM. Remember 2003? It was a big year in technology. iTunes, Myspace, Wordpress and camera phones were all getting rolling while Des Moines, Iowa, was rolling out the first ... read more

6909_f5fdf7fff8_small June 10, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Kansas City Over the last three years, Red Nova Labs has made its Kansas City office not only a place to work but also a reflection of its culture and spirit. "This open and configurable space allows for 2:30 p.m. ping pong breaks, edgy workspaces and inter-office Nerf gun wars and are just the edge pieces of how we use the space," Red Nova Labs' marketing coordinator Katelyn Wyss told SPN. "At the heart of our office, we have an environment where talent is rewarded, ambition is applauded and everyday work is actually fun." read more

6848_e2127f4868_small May 13, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Omaha (Sponsor post by Lance Kugler) The first time I attended Big Omaha, I was struck by the collegiality and friendliness of the attendees—everyone was so eager to meet new people and share ideas. But I quickly began to recognize the same quizzical, and sometimes pained, expression on many of those new faces when we exchanged the standard greeting: "So, what do you do?" The young software developer, graphic designer, systems analyst or chief marketing officer was clearly anticipating I would respond, "I am a brilliant chief executive of a brilliant startup looking for brilliant talent such as yours." My response was quite different, however. read more

6670_2ffb81f98b_small April 29, 2014 by Sponsor Author

West Des Moines Nestled on the top floor of a nondescript office building in West Des Moines, the team at Shift has made the most of their shared space with agency Performance Marketing. When Shift moved in last August, the space was your typical, drab office space—fluorescent overhead lighting and beige walls. But now, thanks to the DIY talents of Shift's eight team members, the office space feel like home ... read more

6713_15694e5c11_small April 17, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Omaha In 1916, Ford built a factory in North Omaha to manufacture Model T cars. Over the next century, it's had a history that includes a 50-year run as the Tip Top factory—the maker of hair curlers and bobby pins—then a tire warehouse until someone bought the building to repurpose it… read more

6399_9ae955f845_small January 30, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Omaha Not all that long ago, 810 S. 169th Street was home to an upscale restaurant, bar and nightclub called Prestige World Class—not to be confused with Prestige Worldwide—where West Omahans would have nice dinners, buy a top-shelf drink or host a wedding rehearsal ... read more

6376_128642f035_small January 14, 2014 by Sponsor Author

"On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog." This comic is from 20-odd years ago, when the best way to access data on a remote system was to copy the files from host to host using IP addresses and SLIP protocols. Back then, it was pretty much true: no one knew your identity, and all of your private information was locked in a file folder in an office somewhere. We interacted by meeting face to face, calling on the phone or writing letters. Our signature was our validation and forgery was a felony ... read more

6354_2eea8fb42d_small January 6, 2014 by Sponsor Author

(Sponsor post by Kevin Dohrmann, CTO at Cosentry) You can’t throw a rendered CGI rock on the internet without hitting some sort of video streaming service. According to a recent report from Sandvine, Netflix (35 percent) and YouTube (18 percent) account for more than half of all the traffic on the Internet in North America. One thing that Netflix, YouTube and the rest of the old guard have in common is they use a “one to many” downstream model. Let’s say a video created by Hollywood, then distributed through a well-known streaming platform ... read more

6322_7010eef9d8_small December 26, 2013 by Sponsor Author

Omaha Since day one, Omaha-based startup MindMixer has call the Mastercraft Building, located just north of Omaha's Old Market district, home. In March 2011, the startup's team consisted of just its co-founders—Nick Bowden and Nathan Preheim—and the pair was sub-leasing desks from a landscape architecture firm ... read more

6259_10c14f8ffb_small November 28, 2013 by Sponsor Author

Kansas City 3D modeling startup Handprint has an untraditional story of how its team came to be located in Kansas City. After co-founder Mike Demarais spent time in Ben Barreth's Homes for Hackers house, he decided to relocate to the Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV). Then when Handprint won Brad Feld's KC FiberHouse competition, the rest of the team—originally based in Boston—also relocated to KCSV and moved into the FiberHouse in April ... read more

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