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Big Omaha
6652_e18e9a51b8_small March 31, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Over the past decade, Kevin Rose has had a career marked with accomplishments that shaped the internet experience of many. Now, not only his ideas, but investment in the ideas of others have made an immeasurable impact on the tech ... read more

6640_aa13d8c09b_small March 27, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha She's an acclaimed author and award-winning researcher with a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She also is a self-proclaimed geek who shamelessly shares her love of Zelda and photos of her “insanely adorable” mini-labradoodle (and pics of her with Michelle Obama and LeBron James, all within the month of February). Equal parts intellectual and lighthearted, scholarly and whimsical, Darya Rose’s ability to find this balance has resulted in an ... read more

6632_634ce55501_small March 25, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha After hearing the buzz stemming from Big Omaha’s first year, Jake Stutzman knew he would not miss his opportunity to attend in 2010. Focused on bringing together creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs, a conference like this was new to the region ... read more

6628_27e7fc69c6_small March 24, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Chase Jarvis was finishing up a degree in philosophy with a plan to transition to medical school when his grandfather passed away. Having been a hobbyist photographer, he left all his equipment to his grandson. Chase was inexperienced yet intrigued, unaware of how dramatically this new hobby would impact his life’s trajectory ... read more

6604_a3be57a706_small March 20, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha In 2012, Ingrid Sanders had more than a decade of experience in the tech industry under her belt as a digital strategist. It was then that she took a step back, traveling the world on a six-month sabbatical. She spent her time studying with experts in yoga, meditation, nutrition, relationships and ukulele. The trip became the inspiration for founding popexpert ... read more

6601_051b6917ca_small March 17, 2014 by Caleb Ulffers

Omaha We need a lot of help to pull off Big Omaha. And we want you! Here it is, folks. This is the official call for volunteers. We would love for you to join us, help us and attend Big Omaha for free. Wondering who we’re looking for? We primarily reserve this position for college students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to attend Big Omaha ... read more

6596_e2f30280e0_small March 17, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Our days are filled with small tasks that eat up lots of time. Making coffee, searching for keys, setting alarms and thermostats, feeding pets, the list goes on. These daily to-dos swim in and out of our minds, consuming even more seconds, minutes and hours. Andrew Brooks, COO and co-founder of SmartThings, wants to give homeowners peace of mind by removing daily distractions. By connecting users to their home, the team at SmartThings believes that everyday objects around us can do more to improve our lives ... read more

6585_dbdb86886f_small March 13, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha As she works to transform current standards for transportation, Heidi Lubin is rapidly becoming a thought leader in a previously male-dominated space. Hailing from Chicago, not only is she a wonderful role model for future female leaders, but also an incredible example of the ingenuity of Midwestern entrepreneurs. As the CEO and co-founder of HEVT, Lubin and her company are working to build the next generation of electric motors ... read more

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