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858_d589eb32f4_small April 26, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha A few weeks ago, I spoke with Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water and upcoming Big Omaha speaker, to hear more about his organization, the impact they've had and their focus areas going forward. Scott's background combined with the history of charity: water is amazing, and it's one of the main reasons we asked him to join us for Big Omaha. Since interviewing Scott, we as a community have raised over $5,000 for charity: water, which will allow them to build… read more

857_659e33ec0d_small April 25, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Keeping in line with weekly links to startup-related posts that we find interesting, each Sunday we'll be sharing a video with solid content that we found while scouring the web for entrepreneurial and innovative inspiration. This week's video features Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare (which should pass three million users by the end of the summer). He is also one Big Omaha's speakers in two weeks. read more

849_0fbc438b9f_small April 23, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha From time to time I come across individuals who are a true inspiration to the mission and goals of what we are building around the entrepreneurial and creative community in Omaha and the greater Midwest. Roger Fransecky is one of those individuals. I first came across Roger through his contributions to Apogee Group's newsletter, which, if you don't subscribe to, I'd highly encourage you to. His thought-provoking… read more

853_88df9cd82b_small April 23, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha The new alternative weekly newspaper in town, Shout!, is currently taking submissions for its upcoming '30 Under 30' feature. Below you'll find the description of what they're looking for. We encourage you to rack your brain to think of local entrepreneurs, innovators… read more

851_30a83ec4f8_small April 23, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Mentioned this week * Filming on location on from KANEKO & Slowdown. Or... * Startup Lessons Learned Conference is being simulcast today at BrightMix * New Opportunities on the Prairie post * Berkshire Tweetup – Saturday May 1, 3:30 p.m. at Slowdown * Big Omaha – Get your tickets now! Also, our appologies for the size of Dusty's head relative to Jeff's. We've done a number of Skype Weekly Wrap Ups, you'd think we'd have it figured out. Have a great… read more

846_bf78e4faa8_small April 21, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Orginally, Pete Ricketts, founder of Omaha-based asset management company Drakon, was slated to speak at tomorrow's Midlands Venture Forum Networking Dinner, but due to a personal conflict he will not be able to make it. Instead, we'll have the fortune of hearing from his father J. Joe Ricketts, the founder Ameritrade. Here's more information from their… read more

836_347f9089a1_small April 19, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Calling all Berkshire Hathaway shareholders and non-shareholders: if you're donning the official meeting credentials or are in our fine city of Omaha on Saturday, May 1, join us at Slowdown from 3:30-5:30 for the first-ever, unofficial Berkshire Tweetup. More than 30,000 people from across the globe will be descending on Omaha next Friday through Saturday, April 30 - May 2, for the annual Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting at which business partners Warren… (Photo via read more

841_395a4a4aed_small April 19, 2010 by Dusty Davidson

Omaha This Friday there's an amazing conference taking place in San Francisco called the Startup Lessons Learned conference. Hosted by Eric Ries, the Startup Lessons Learned (SLL) conference is the first event focused soley on learning how to build lean startups. From its site: Startup Lessons Learned is the first… read more

840_89a9cd7ad8_small April 19, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Resembling a 'where are they now' feature, the Omaha World-Herald's front-page story yesterday highlighted the lives of three individuals: a very early Microsoft employee, an astronaut currently in space, and an atomic physicist. The big catch, and the reason it deserved the front page: the three were childhood friends in the rural city of Ashland, Nebraska, population 2,262. I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did. I think it's quite fascinating. (Photo on left from | Putting Ashland on the map By Matthew Hansen Published Sunday April 18, 2010 Not long ago, a man named Jeff e-mailed his old buddy Clay. He wanted to express… read more

834_61678bd345_small April 16, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha It's Foursquare Day, and to celebrate we've announced a few more speakers to the Big Omaha roster! Anyone up for a game of Foursquare while wearing a pair of shoes from Zappos while dining on a delicious meal found on Foodspotting while reviewing data from SimpleGeo? Look for more details early next week, but take a look at who we are thrilled to be bringing into Omaha for the event. read more

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