SPN Recap: News from the Prairie

September 14, 2017

Catch up on regional tech news with these recent top stories from Silicon Prairie News:

Turbine Flats completes construction, builds community

Turbine Flats, a startup and small business collaborative near downtown Lincoln, started ten years ago out of necessity.

“There was a group of early-stage software companies that ended up roommates of sorts in a crummy, run-down building,” Co-Founder Matthew Wegener said. “We discovered how valuable it was to be in close proximity to one another, so when that building became unsustainable we made a conscious decision to scale that concept to the next level.”


Inc. 5000 list: Fastest growing companies in the Silicon Prairie

Inc. recently released their annual Inc. 5000 list that ranks the fastest-growing private companies in America. The Midwest had an impressive showing with 12 of the 14 communities in our State of the Silicon Prairie Report represented on the list with a total of 165 companies.

Inc. says their annual 5000 list is a ranking of America’s company creators, value creators and job creators, with over 619,631 collective jobs accounted for between the companies listed over the last three years.

Median launches browser-based screen sharing tool for faster troubleshooting

Omaha-based Median, a customer support software company focused on making customer interactions fast and in-context, made their public launch today with the beta release of their browser-based screen sharing software.

Hayneedle launches new app, stays grounded in Omaha

The Hayneedle app includes standard e-retailer functionality such as search capabilities based on user style preferences, special offers and deals, favorites list and secure purchasing via Apple Pay.

“We developed our app with the goal of providing a great mobile experience that is fast, secure, and optimized to our users’ needs when shopping on-the-go,” said Ryan Paulson, VP of Technology for Hayneedle. “While mobile web has a significant place in our portfolio, we saw the need for a Hayneedle native app that allows closer integration with the smartphone itself.”

Rural Impact Hub strengthens communities in Nebraska and beyond

As Brent Comstock grew BCom Solutions, his Auburn-based digital marketing agency, two things became clear. One, that the business was reaching a point where it needed to expand outside of Auburn. And two, in order to expand, he needed to figure out a way to reach other rural communities.

“We were struggling to figure out how do we get our foot in different rural communities on a level that doesn’t literally require us to go to every small town,” said Comstock. “That’s just not scalable, nor is it very entrepreneurial.”