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Big Omaha
5716_2611158462_small May 28, 2013 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha In one of the most memorable talks in Big Omaha history, the one and only Marc Eckō shared a syllabus of knowledge and transformed our stage into an academic environment complete with tweed jacket and intellectual specs. And to top it off, he had a stiff drink in hand. Drawing inspiration from The Notorious B.I.G., "Dr. Marc Eckō" deciphered the late-90s song, "Ten Crack Commandments," … read more

5753_51be7c2a83_small May 24, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha We're excited today to release videos of the 16 entrepreneurs and innovators who took the Big Omaha stage May 9-10 in KANEKO. From the opening presentation by co-founder Tony Conrad to the closing Q&A with Mailbox co-founder Gentry Underwood, these videos are packed with stories of success and struggle and filled with examples of entrepreneurship … read more

5730_66c1ad237f_small May 17, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Before Big Omaha kicked off last Thursday and Friday, our streaming media partner Quadrant5 hosted a morning video show to give our live stream audience a different look at the event. Over four segments, the show featured speakers, attendees, artists, sponsors and partners—individuals who annually have a hand in making the event a success. Quadrant5's Christopher New anchored the … read more

5707_c9163fc244_small May 10, 2013 by Joe Stych

Omaha To end the first full-day of Big Omaha on Thursday, four speakers stuck around for an audience Q&A. Megan Casey of Pack, Anil Dash of ThinkUp, Tony Conrad of, and Ben Milne of Dwolla. The group used their personal experiences to respond to questions on their failures in the workplace, personality traits they're forced to fight and the pains of public speaking. Making mistakes … read more

5709_d6cc439590_small May 10, 2013 by Patti Vannoy

Omaha "What if we were to stop putting our companies first?" asked Micah Baldwin at Big Omaha Friday afternoon. "Right now all of your stomachs turned. 'But we’re from the Midwest. That’s what we do.'" But what if we stopped thinking our startups were us? What if the one thing we’ve been told – the harder you work, the better – is wrong?  read more

5710_dc58c4e4c6_small May 10, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Omaha Gentry Underwood is trying to redefine the way smartphone users interact with their email. “We want to build the best email experience in the world for as many people as we can,” he said. Since the Mailbox founder spoke at Thinc Iowa last October, he says the last seven months have been "an absolute whirlwind." On Friday, he closed out Big Omaha with a "fireside chat" with emcee Antonio Neves. … read more

5706_c1d33afa8b_small May 10, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha In celebration of our high fashion Big Omaha 2013 brand, we invited attendees to style a startup tee for a chance to win a ticket to next year's event. From here, it's up to you. Below are our eight finalists, which ever one get the most collective social media likes by midnight will win the big ticket. … read more

5704_1a4f943231_small May 10, 2013 by Riane Menardi

Omaha Noah Kagan calls 2012 his “year of failure,” and came to Big Omaha with tips for entrepreneurs who may be a little burned out. His advice? Don’t focus on the money, or even the business. Focus on you. For Kagan, there are three things that control his happiness: wealth, health and love. Wealth "I am the happiest when I'm doing what I want and I’m having fun," he said. When he only focuses on money … read more

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