silicon prairie news presents:

May 2014

Every spring Big Omaha brings together six-hundred of
the nation's most passionate members of the creative class including
entrepreneurs, investors, designers, and emerging leaders to build
community, start conversation, and provide inspiration.

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The 2013 Speaker Presentations

Nikhil Arora

Back to the Roots

Co-founder of Back to the Roots, the sustainable grow-at-home products company that created Mushroom Kit and AquaFarm.

Recap and Video


Micah Baldwin


CEO and chief community caretaker of Graphicly, a startup providing an immersive social experience and marketplace around digital comics and associated merchandise.

Recap and Video


Megan Casey


Founder and CEO of Pack, an online community creating online profiles for dogs, and co-founder of Squidoo.

Recap and Video


Tony Conrad

Founder of and Sphere. Startup guy with True Ventures, WordPress, MakerBot, Typekit and Blue Bottle Coffee.

Recap and Video


Anil Dash

Activateinc, Thinkup

Co-founder and CEO of ThinkUp, an app that helps people get more meaning out of the time they spend social networking.

Recap and Video


Marc Ecko-

Ecko- Unlimited

Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Marc Ecko- Enterprises and founder of venture innovation company Artists and Instigators.

Recap and Video


Founder and CEO of 'Feel It. Do It. Be it.' and 'Pro-sex. Pro-porn. Pro-knowing the difference.'.

Recap and Video


Peter Hudson


Co-founder and CEO of iTriage, the symptom-to-provider healthcare pathway.

Recap and Video


Noah Kagan


Founder and chief sumo of Appsumo, a medley burrito of the greatest, geekiest products for entrepreneurs.

Recap and Video


Diana Kander

Kauffman Foundation

Diana Kander advises the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as a senior fellow.

Recap and Video


Dave McClure

500 Startups

Founding partner of 500 Startups, an accelerator program that focuses on startups with design, data and distribution.

Recap and Video


Ben Milne


Founder and CEO of Dwolla, an internet payment network.

Recap and Video


Catherine Rohr

Defy Ventures

Founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, providing carefully selected, ambitious men who have criminal histories with life-changing entrepreneurship, leadership, and career opportunities.

Recap and Video


Gentry Underwood


Co-founder and CEO of Mailbox, the inbox app recently acquired by Dropbox.

Recap and Video


Alejandro Velez

Back to the Roots

Co-founder of Back to the Roots, the sustainable grow-at-home products company that created Mushroom Kit and AquaFarm.

Recap and Video


2013 MC

Antonio Neves


Founder and CEO of THINQACTION, a program that works with young entrepreneurs to produce exceptional results in their work.

Recap and Video


Q & A

Extended speaker Q & A panel, addressing investor meetings, mistakes, and mic skills.

Recap and Video

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