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Founder Friday
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Kansas City (Guest post by Nick Bowden, MindMixer co-founder and CEO) It feels strange to be considered by some in the "prairie" as the old guard of startups, but we'll take it. I suppose it means we have done at least one thing right: stay in business. As we approached the birthday and my anniversary, I did something I rarely do: reflect a bit on the four years. What's worked? What hasn't? read more

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Des Moines (Guest post by Ben Milne) 2013 was one of the hardest years of my life. It wasn’t the hardest but it was challenging. The hardest, was one year as a kid when my dad got Parkinson’s, my mom got sick, my mom’s best friend died and the grandparent who helped raise me withered away like ash with cancer right in front of my eyes. That’s a different kind of hard… read more

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Omaha (Guest post by Ryan Downs) A strong culture is arguably the most important element for a business to have sustained success. Scaling a business is not easy. The demands on employees are heavy. There are surprises and setbacks along the way. Things don’t always go as planned.  read more

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Lincoln (Guest post by David Graff) "As the company grows, this change can be hard for some of your early associates. The company that person first signed up for may not the company they work for now and may not be the type of company they want to work for. As a result, you’ll lose people who don’t want to make this transition, and that’s okay. The important thing is to be honest and recognize this as early as possible. Then, don’t make it an awkward exit." read more

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Omaha (Guest post by Luis Lopez) I’ve lived in a few countries, but the one that has marked my entrepreneurial spirit the most is Belize. At age seven, along with my family, I relocated to Belize for four years of missionary work in some of the poorest areas of the country, aiding the less fortunate with food, housing, education and healthcare.… read more

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Cedar Rapids (Guest post by John Schnipkoweit) So, first off, we did not “win” the accelerator. No one did. We all "won," but that doesn’t mean it's over, it means it’s just begun. You don’t "finish" in three months. Accelerators guide you in your business, because they know that after those three months, it’s not them running your business—it's you… read more

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Lincoln I learned at an early age that as entrepreneurs, the odds are against us. That's because I grew up in a family full of entrepreneurs. I grew up cleaning public toilets at rest areas along Interstate 80 in Nebraska. My parents own a janitorial company that had contracts with the state Department of Roads and several banks. It was a dirty job, one I was not passionate about. read more

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Des Moines (Guest post by Derian Baugh) When I first started my company I had no way to fully grasp all that is involved in getting a startup off the ground. I had no understanding of all the logistics and financial complexities that would be involved. I didn’t know how I was going to be able to quit my full-time job. And although I believed there were customers out there, I didn’t know how I would actually find them. The furthest thing on my radar was the idea of attending an accelerator… read more

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