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Big Omaha
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

5702_d73ea9abad_small May 10, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Omaha Dave McClure started his Big Omaha talk warning it would offend some people. He was right. His focus was on the idea that "everything sucks and nobody notices," but it ended up lost amid potentially offensive exchanges and an abundance of cursing, which quickly sparked a conversation on Twitter. Beyond that, he told the crowd there are … read more

5703_c98e7cc94c_small May 10, 2013 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha As the founder of If We Ran the World and Make Love Not Porn, Cindy Gallop is taking steps to tackle the absence of honest conversation in society about sex. At Big Omaha this afternoon, she described the business model of Make Love Not Porn as shared values combined with shared action to create shared profit. The difference from mainstream porn? All of the site's content is user-generated and depicts … read more

5663_4f3a9a88ae_small May 10, 2013 by Patti Vannoy

Omaha By now, Big Omaha attendees have been in and out of their seat several dozen times, and some may be wondering: what gives with giving each speaker a standing ovation before they begin? Credit David Hauser of Grasshopper, who started the tradition when he spoke at the second Big Omaha in 2010. "I remember sitting there next to the tech table, with my mic on, going over my notes and … read more

5700_fa049a2ccb_small May 10, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Omaha These days, Diana Kander has babies on the brain. And quite understandably so—the senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is six months pregnant. So naturally when she took the stage at Big Omaha on Friday morning, Kander spoke about how “toddlers and startups actually have an amazing amount of things in common.” Both require a name and people to take care of them and both need … read more

5698_25f9bfc718_small May 10, 2013 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha After he set the scene onstage with an armchair and a stiff drink, Marc Eckō this morning shared the ten rules of business he uncovered in The Notorious B.I.G.'s song, "Ten Crack Commandments". Never let no one know how much dough you hold. “In life, we use metrics,” Eckō said. “We will count everything. Quit counting.” Stop seeking validation that can only be found in finite. … read more

5699_f144f8f037_small May 10, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Omaha Every year since he was in sixth grade, Antonio Neves has received a nutcracker for Christmas from his mom—a reminder of the moment in his young life where he turned a corner. At Big Omaha today, he stepped away from his emcee duties to share why he has devoted so much of his time to supporting and coaching entrepreneurs. Living through his parents' divorce and 15 moves as a child … read more

The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.