ConAgra’s Departure Is Our Opportunity

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News of ConAgra moving their corporate headquarters from Omaha to Chicago created quite a stir last week. Not surprisingly, much of the news has been quite negative. And with roughly 1,300 jobs leaving (approximately 1,000 from layoffs and 300 from relocation, according to the Lincoln Journal Star’s October 1st article), it’s likely that many of…

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Viewing Product and Service Failures as an Opportunity

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As a startup community we spend quite a bit of time focusing on processes and techniques for designing products, discovering product/market fit, scoping/building/iterating on MVPs, and ultimately acquiring customers. And rightfully so — these are the fundamental actions of creating sustainable innovation. But there’s one aspect that I feel is overlooked in the early stages:…

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On Innovation

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Over the years, I have worked with a number of large and medium-sized companies on innovation related efforts. All have expressed the desire to innovate, but most have fundamental issues that prevent internal innovation from succeeding. At Don’t Panic Labs, we work with companies to help overcome technical limitations, but many of the fundamental challenges…

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Infotec 2015 Recap

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Our team made the drive up to Omaha this week to exhibit and present at Infotec 2015. As we continue to expand, we found this conference to be a great opportunity to make new connections and share some of what we’ve learned while building software companies and products over the past years. We were very…

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Nebraska Code Follow-up

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We were overwhelmed by the attendance and response to the presentation we gave at the 2015 Nebraska Code conference on how we approach product development at Nebraska Global / Don’t Panic Labs. It was great to have so many people interested in what we do and how we do it. Afterwards, we were asked by…

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Non-Social Startups

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We see a lot in the news about startups that seem to be primarily focused on social media and hype. Often, it seems they only want to acquire users but provide them no (or very little) value. But what we don’t hear about very much are what I like to call the “others”; the startups…

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The Decisions of a Recent Graduate

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As a recent graduate from the university, I can empathize with the many seniors who are starting to think about what the next chapter of their life is going to look like. A key component of this is the decision about where to apply and ultimately decide to work. There are so many things to…

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Working for a Startup

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We were recently fortunate enough to bring Tom Chapman on board with Nebraska Global. In addition to what he does here, he’s also a regular contributor for Silicon Prairie News in a series called Innovation Chamber. On Tuesday, he published a blog post called What is it Like to Work in a Startup? It’s a…

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