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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

6572_8ebc3c6edc_small March 10, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha No matter the genre, music attaches us to our experiences. It adapts to the stages of life, becoming our soundtrack while having the ability to motivate, comfort, delight and inspire us. It may most easily play unnoticed in the background, but it's front and center to someone like DJ Skee. Over the past decade, DJ Skee has helped shape the popular music scene. Named to Billboard magazine's influential “Power Players: 30 Under 30" in 2010, he has collaborated with artists such as Jay Z, Katy Perry ... read more

6550_c2a6458b25_small March 6, 2014 by Caleb Ulffers

Omaha Today we're thrilled to announce the next four speakers joining the 2014 Big Omaha lineup. Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) is the founder of Digg, co-founder of Revision3, Pownce and Milk, and general partner at Google Ventures ...  read more

6541_778940596f_small March 3, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha The choice to become a full-time artist doesn’t come without risk. Lack of recognition and an inability to reach the right audience are fears all artists can sympathize with. However, the thought of being anything but an artist is unbearable for many. Alexis Tryon is the co-founder and CEO of Artsicle, a website created to showcase creative work. Named “Gallerists to the People” by The New York Times, Artsicle connects consumers and artists around the globe. Through the online format, Alexis enables visual artists, including painters ... read more

6529_2730a6fac2_small February 27, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha A Silicon Valley technologist for more than 20 years, Jason Johnson’s career is marked with accomplishments that help make the world a more connected place. Jason is the co-founder and CEO of August, the makers of the sleek Smart Lock that gives consumers a secure, simple and social way to manage the locks of their home or office electronically and remotely. Now he joins the slate of Big Omaha speakers with a depth of knowledge and experience that we think will elevate you in your own endeavors… read more

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