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5102_653b8b869a_small December 17, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Last year, the director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management told us that, over the past decade, the focus of many Raikes students has shifted from landing a job with a West Coast tech giant to staying in the Midwest and working for local startups. ... read more

5115_053c84a9bb_small December 17, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln Hudl co-founder and chief technology officer Brian Kaiser today was named to a dream team that includes the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Deron Williams. No, not that Dream Team. But Kaiser, 29, was recognized on Forbes' annual 30 Under 30 list in the sports category for his work with Hudl, the Lincoln company that makes web-based video analysis and coaching tools. Forbes chose 30 honorees apiece in 15 categories, filling its list with "disruptors and entrepreneurs" who are "impatient to change the world before they leave their twenties behind." The teens and 20-somethings on the list include Mark Zuckerberg, Lady Gaga … read more

5086_9b1298ad5e_small December 6, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Lincoln Tonight's the night we're meeting up with Hudl and the Lincoln startup community. Join us at Brix & Stone Gastropub from 5-6:30 p.m., right before Nebraska basketball takes on Creighton at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Whether or not you're attending the game, this meetup is an opportunity to catch up and share more about what you're working on this season. … read more

5080_e7a30b9eb6_small December 6, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln With its first semester under its belt, HIVE is planning to do more than just sleep in over the upcoming winter break. The student-driven organization at the the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which we spotlighted in August, is gearing up for a busy spring semester. Beginning in mid-January, HIVE will host about two dozen workshops on tech and startup-related skills such as iOS development, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Illustrator and team building … read more

5052_442ca15518_small November 27, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Lincoln We are tag-teaming an indoor tailgate with Hudl and inviting the local startup community to join us. Clear space on your schedule for our meetup at Brix & Stone Gastropub in Lincoln from 5-6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6. That night, the Creighton men's basketball team will take on Nebraska in Lincoln. And whether you're a Bluejay, a Cornhusker or a power player in the startup game, we encourage you to don your team's gear and stop by for a drink. Like other times we've … read more

5039_0255e18871_small November 21, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln Forging Nebraska's Future, an independent, long-term planning initiative, has put out a call for ideas that aim "to move our state forward and to create a better Nebraska for the next generation." Individuals who would like to submit or "second" an idea can do so through Dec. 15 at, a website built on the platform created by Omaha startup MindMixer. After ideas are submitted … read more

4994_f2f5f4167f_small November 9, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Lincoln A new app released last month by a team from Lincoln is out to make the lives of software developers easier. Gitpilot, created by JP Richardson (far left) and Corey Collins (near left), facilitates collaboration between developers working on the same project and helps them maintain different versions of the software they’re working on. The app also provides visibility for software developer teams … read more

4909_1f477d2cf7_small November 7, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Two years ago, Lincoln-based Nebraska Global set out with an eight-figure software investment fund and a philosophy. "We make investments, and it's not just cash. We make investments in communities and in people," explained managing principal Steve Kiene. That non-cash investment began with hiring new college graduates to help keep talent in Nebraska. Then, the company began lending a hand to UNL's Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, Kiene said, influencing the curriculum so that more graduates enter the work force with skills that "we" (meaning both Nebraska Global … read more

4942_07b1125f02_small October 30, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln The Drone Journalism Lab, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln endeavor that we reported received a Knight Prototype grant in June, has published its first drone-assisted stories. Using a small, unmanned aerial vehicle, the lab produced a video (above) and written report on this year's drought in Nebraska. "It was fun getting out there and doing actual journalism instead of talking about it," the lab's … read more

4809_eca941cb68_small October 30, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln Invest Nebraska, a 10-year-old private, nonprofit corporation known for its regular business plan competitions, is now funding early-stage startups thanks to the leadership of its first CEO and a pair of contracts with the State of Nebraska. The May 2011 passage of Gov. Dave Heineman's Talent and Innovation Initiative put Invest Nebraska in charge of part of the Nebraska Innovation Fund, a new, state-financed fund aimed at helping entrepreneurs. The state's department of economic development also tapped the organization to manage an Angel Sidecar Fund, which emerged as a result of funding from … read more

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