Restaurant and Retail WiFi Marketing Leader Bloom Intelligence Acquires Gazella WiFi

Via PR News

Bloom Intelligence, a leading omni-channel WiFi marketing and customer intelligence platform for brick-and-mortar locations in the restaurant and retail industries, today announced its acquisition of Gazella WiFi, Inc., a WiFi marketing and analytics platform for digital agencies.

Omaha Startup Buildertrend Partners with Rocket Loans

Via Housingwire

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.

Lincoln Nebraska Based Startup Basic Block Secures $675k in Funding

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.

Omaha’s D3 Technology is acquired by Atlanta firm; no changes to local workforce expected

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.


WordPress management site WP Engine acquires Flywheel as it moves to a $1B valuation and IPO

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.


Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Spotlight: Omaha, NE

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.


The Silicon Prairie and tech startups in Omaha continue to grow

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.


Flywheel says ‘great culture’ leads to ‘extraordinary work’ and ‘rocket ship’ growth

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.


These Midwest companies are bringing new ideas to the trucking industry

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.


Hansen: Omaha startup has grown sales by more than 1,445 percent in 3 years. What’s its secret?

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.


Entrepreneurs get behind bill aimed at attracting startups

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.


New report shows Omaha outpaces nation on key economic comparatives

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.


Omaha initiative aims to add 10,000 high-paying jobs

Via the San Francisco Chronicle

The latest campaign aims to attract 250 startups and train 10,000 new tech workers.


Smaller cities can build a robust startup ecosystem if they work together

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.


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