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Big Omaha
5688_798016e176_small May 9, 2013 by Patti Vannoy

Omaha Dr. Peter Hudson had "almost a cathartic journey" planned for Big Omaha 2013. "My thesis today is that if you experience life, and you live it to the fullest, and you do things that you're interested in," he said, "you will have experiences that lead you to big problems, problems that really matter." He took the audience back to when he was 10 years old, saw his father have a grand mal seizure and kept a cool head. Then he talked about inventing a fence-climbing ... read more

5687_5c0d22ab30_small May 9, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Omaha Megan Casey had a great thing going at Squidoo. She spent seven years building a successful site for users to generate content. But she wanted to throw herself "back in the deep end." At Big Omaha, she shared how she did just that, and stand for something in the process. "I wanted to scare the pants off myself," she said. Pack, a site that states it's "for dogs and the people who love them," stands for the need to "slow down in life," Casey said. "There's ... read more

5686_d94ad4bcf1_small May 9, 2013 by Riane Menardi

Omaha For Tony Conrad, successful entrepreneurs aren’t starting companies—they’re starting movements. Conrad’s keynote kicked off Big Omaha, where he challenged the audience to think bigger. “Think and ask yourself, 'How does my product impact the world?'” he said. “How does this product capture imagination? And how can this product spark a movement?” Conrad started with this in mind. He saw the site as an opportunity ... read more

5678_e2134ad476_small May 9, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Omaha We're excited to welcome the following seven organizations sponsoring Big Omaha on the "supporter level" this year ... read more

5685_c88f3461af_small May 9, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Weren't able to make it to KANEKO today for our fifth annual Big Omaha? Don't worry. We're providing a free live stream starting at 9:00 a.m., thanks to our sponsor Hayneedle. Here's today's schedule … read more

5684_4c358993d8_small May 9, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City To get a jump on the action of our fifth annual Big Omaha today, join Des Moines entrepreneur Christopher New and Silicon Prairie News' Geoff Wood for AM Reboot, a morning podcast for geeks. These next two days, the hour-long live video show will be dedicated to the people, places and events of Big Omaha. AM Reboot is the flagship program of our streaming media partner, Quadrant5. Here's what's in store for today … read more

5683_21d786b775_small May 8, 2013 by Joe Stych

San Francisco Last October, Gentry Underwood took the stage at Thinc Iowa to discuss why approaching problems like a designer is crucial for entrepreneurs. He touched on tolerating uncertainty, the importance of focus, and identifying the "why" of your product. Plus, he teased his new iOS-based email client, Mailbox. A lot can happen in seven months. Since then, Underwood has launched Mailbox, filled 1 million reservations within the first … read more

5672_32115aaf94_small May 8, 2013 by Annie Sorensen & Fred Bauters

Omaha We all know the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but what about the Six Degrees of Jeff Slobotski? Big Omaha is bound to create thousands of connections, which will continue on long after Friday. Attendees can see the relationships being built as they scan … read more

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