One of the fastest-growing startups in Omaha, Buildertrend, has partnered with Rocket Loans on a unique product to simplify home improvement financing. It allows contractors to recommend loan options to their customers.
Via Silicon Prairie News
BasicBlock, a Lincoln-based startup that facilitates transactions in the trucking industry, announced Monday that it had secured $675k in pre-seed financing from Global Financial Group (“GFG”). GFG was joined in the financing by Jason Calacanis, Jenny Fielding, Invest Nebraska, and other angels.
Via Omaha World-Herald
D3 Technology, an Omaha company that specializes in digital banking software, has been acquired by Atlanta-based NCR Corp., a technology firm that does business in 180 countries.
Via Tech Crunch
Flywheel, founded in 2012, had only raised around $6 million in funding, including a $4 million round several years ago. The economies of scale of throwing in its lot with WP Engine will give it a much wider exposure and access to new customers.
Via Funding Stage
That said, perhaps due in part to Berkshire Hathaway and its owner Warren Buffett, Omaha has emerged as part of the “Silicon Prairie” as one of the best cities in the Midwest for entrepreneurship.
Via KMTV of Omaha
The Silicon Prairie was a trendy term a few years ago but the bubble hasn’t burst. In fact, more companies and startups are moving to Omaha each year. Currently, the city has three accelerators and nine co-labs.
Via Omaha World-Herald
Davidson believes even the building and workspace impact productivity. Right now, the company’s Omaha employees are divided among three buildings, but by summer 2020 Flywheel is planning to bring them under one roof by moving to Millwork Commons, a $300 million redevelopment project in north downtown.
Via Clay and Milk
Based out of Omaha, BasicBlock is a platform for trucking companies to streamline their workflow with electronic paperwork and directly communicate with manufacturers and shippers without the need for third parties. Co-founders, Taylor Monks and Brett Byman, see the Midwest as the ideal location to start their company.
Via the Omaha World-Herald
You don’t need to be a genius to understand how Flywheel is changing Omaha. You don’t even need to fully grasp what the Omaha tech startup actually does.
To understand how Flywheel is changing things here, all you really need to do is walk in its downtown Omaha front door.
Via the AP
The Omaha World-Herald reports that Evan Luxon, co-founder of Centese, was among those who testified Wednesday in support of a bill that would increase funding in the Nebraska Business Innovation Act. The $4 million in additional funding would bring total funding to nearly $10 million annually.
Omaha ranks No. 3 among comparative metros in entrepreneurship. Omaha’s Entrepreneurs earn 12.1 percent of all non-farm income in Greater Omaha – more than the national average of 8.7 percent.
Via the San Francisco Chronicle
The latest campaign aims to attract 250 startups and train 10,000 new tech workers.
Via Venture Beat
Omaha and Lincoln each have their own incubators, supportive chambers of commerce, corporate giants, and state and private university campuses with innovation centers. But Slobotski feels that those efforts could be more strongly connected to one another, especially when it comes to the universities and large corporate leaders.