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6715_a1b271f72e_small April 16, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Two Lincoln startups are among the best places to work in the second-largest city in Nebraska. Hurrdat earned third-place honors among small companies while Hudl placed second among medium-sized companies. About 100 companies were nominated for the awards, which were determined by a workplace survey designed by Omaha's Quantum Workplace ... read more

6407_fffef57118_small April 14, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln opendorse, the Lincoln-based social media startup that pairs athletes and brands for endorsement campaigns, has partnered with NFL Players Inc., the for-profit subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. The platform, which was white-labeled, has been in beta for a few months. The deal was finalized earlier this year and opens the door for all 2,000-plus NFL players to sign up ... read more

6677_78459158c6_small April 7, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln DigiWidgets, a service that customizes sites, won Lincoln's first Jumpstart Challenge Saturday. About 30 people attended the judging finale at Lincoln's Hyatt Place Saturday where three teams pitched. The concept was created because many people have a hard time learning photoshop and customizing websites, said Jumpstart Challenge judge Brian Ardinger ... read more

6667_1e90e8e9f9_small April 4, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln When a group from Gothenburg, Neb., called Crop Tech Solutions dropped a stack of spreadsheets in Bryan Thompson's lap, he was intimidated, but also intrigued. This, he said, would be fun. In those spreadsheets: hundreds and hundreds of data points from farmers' fields around the region. The goal: make those data points useful ... read more

6664_140708727b_small April 3, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Entrepreneurial experts from the Kauffman Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts say Nebraska is in pretty good standing when it comes to state policy that fosters entrepreneurship. But there's always room for improvement, said Dane Stangler, vice president of research and policy at the Foundation. "Overall, Nebraska is doing well (compared to other states where we've given talks), "Stangler said after the event. "Nebraska has good assets in the legislature and an engaged community from what we can tell ... read more

6650_439b10ade1_small March 28, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln State leaders and members of entrepreneurial groups will meet for a roundtable in Lincoln on April 2 to talk about how the government can foster entrepreneurship. The Council of State Governments and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation have partnered to present a lunchtime session and roundtable discussion for Nebraska state policymakers at the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 1126. read more

March 27, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln A new partnership between Lincoln-based athlete endorsement platform opendorse and Orlando-based social sponsorship company IZEA will expand social sponsorship campaigns across platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube. By joining IZEA's Exchange ecosystem, ... read more

6637_12872699a7_small March 26, 2014 by Daniel Wheaton

Lincoln Thanks to an investment from Prairie Ventures and Invest Nebraska Corporation, investors now have another tool in their utility belts. Best Option Trading, an options trading service which has been in development for roughly two years, announced an undisclosed amount of funding Wednesday. “Modern technology can improve ... read more

6593_bef6fc1af7_small March 21, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Ben Pankonin) There's this common thought that startups develop out of a certain personal belief that the problem you are solving impacts you greatly and causes a deep emotional reaction engaging every fiber of your being to solve it. At least for me, I always thought that was the way it was supposed to work. I envisioned a love at first sight or in this case, a "startup at first sight" dream ... read more

6549_2b6cd6e276_small March 14, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Eric Dinger) In every gig there are career days, work days and job days. Ever come home from work unfulfilled, defeated and crabby? That's because you had what I call a "job day." Do you sometimes have days worth of things that suck to do, but just need to get done? That's a "work day." Other days I bet you leave work energized by the opportunity to utilize your best talents in the pursuit of a worthwhile goal. That's a "career day." In a startup, the lack of structure means you get the opportunity to use as much ... read more

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