July 27, 2014

Logo Design 2014

Logo Design 2014

Nice article on current logo trends from the folks at Logo Lounge.   Numerous examples of good logo design and a write up on what is driving the trend.

July 23, 2014


If you are interested in design, products, or simply want to know why things look and operate the way that they do; check out this interesting documentary by Gary Hustwit.

July 18, 2014

FAC for Startups

FAC for Startups

Join the Startup Lincoln community every other Friday afternoon from 4:00pm-6:00pm for an opportunity to share ideas, find out about the latest startup activities around town, meet co-founders and teammates, maybe even share a tasty brew from Lincoln’s newest microbrews. In addition to a chance to meet fellow folks interested in startups, we’ll have an “open mic” night where you can sign up to pitch your idea, promote your startup activity, or ask a question to the group.


Date: Friday afternoons

Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Place: FUSE Coworking
800 P. St. (3rd Floor above the Mill in the Haymarket)
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

July 17, 2014

Startup Week Lincoln 2014

Startup Week Lincoln 2014

After today’s Open Coffee at Crescent Moon, Brian rallied the troops to begin discussions on Startup Week Lincoln 2014.  Stay tuned for more details.  If you want to get involved stop by a future Open Coffee or drop Brian a quick note.

July 13, 2014

Spark Series: Startups and Angel Investing

Spark Series Claussen

Laura Classen, Executive Director of The Nebraska Angels will discuss how startups go about raising angel funds, the life cycle of startup capital needs and factors for determining when capital is needed as well as the valuation of an early stage company.

In addition, she will highlight Angel investing from the investor’s point of view, including what it means to be an Angel investor, the qualities Angels look for in potential deals, how investment decisions are made, and the amounts Angels typically invest.

Thursday, August 7th
Noon to 1:00pm
Catalyst Space: 350 Canopy Street, Suite 130
(enter from North 7th Street)

Lunch is provided.

Space is limited.
RSVP on Eventbrite

July 9, 2014

Interview: Hip Pocket

Hip Pocket

Banking industry veteran, Mark Zmarzly, wants to help bring understanding and transparency to consumers so they can make more informed financial decisions.  After a couple of product design iterations, Mark has rolled out Hip Pocket and has already landed his first big client! Read The Big Plate Interview HERE.

July 6, 2014

Make Lincoln 2014

Make Lincoln 2014

Turbine Flats is planning a community Maker event and you are invited.

Over 35 booths with Makers of all kinds demonstrating their skills. Enjoy art, live music, food trucks, and more!

Just a few Makers include:

porridge papers creating handmade paper,
Karen Kunc of Constellation Studios pulling live prints and doing letterpress,
Leather-working, woodworking, blacksmithing, jewelry and crafts!
An entomologist illustrating the function of native pollinator beehives,
A tesla coil!
The Lincoln Bike Kitchen teaching bike repair skills,
SP CE, a writing group located in the Parrish Studios, speaking about self publishing,
Tethon 3D talking about the process of 3D printing in ceramic.
Flight Series Tiles ( will explain their process of recovering aircraft-grade aluminum from aircraft graveyards and fabricating wall covering tiles,
UNL AIAA Student Chapter showing their NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration funded rocketry and space mining-rovers!
Clockwork Demon & KillSmile Studios, LLC talking about video game design and the Oculus Rift VR Headset!
Little Mountain Print Shoppe will screen-printing t-shirts.. live!
Iris Industries showing their sustainable composites using renewable bio-based components blended
with recycled and reclaimed materials like jeans, sunflower seeds, and currency!
42 will show-off 3D-printing.

Learn How To
Learn how to make a solar oven! Spin, rove, and dye wool! Use a draw blade to make a chair leg! Learn what an arduino is! A quadcopter too!
Find about soldering and smelting!

Kids Activities!
A rocket launch!
A Paper airplane competition!
A Van de Graaff generator!

& more!

There will also be food trucks and new artwork hanging inside by local artist Michael Herres. If you haven’t seen the Tesla Mural yet, you’ll want to explore his life through its panes.

Local Music from Afrobeat band A’ Beat Creative, Academy of Rock, and bluegrass band The Burnt Biskits!

Register Here!

July 2, 2014

Nebraska UX


This event takes place at the Interface School in the Wareham building in Omaha. Look for signs/people pointing the way to the Interface Suite. You can park in the visitors lot or at the meters in front of the building.

Have a question of topic you would like to ask at the meetup? Submit them via the registration form and they will added to the queue. Questions/topics will be taken at the meetup too.

Interface School
1624 Mike Fahey Street, #123
Omaha, NE 68102
Thursday, July 10, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

July 1, 2014

Get In The Ring

Get In The Ring

Applications to compete in this year’s “Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash” pitch competition are now open.

In order to apply, startups must be under five years old, have a founder who is a U.S. citizen and exhibit a “scalable and innovative business idea or model.”

Applications are open through Aug. 21 and U.S. semi-finalists will be announced in early September. After those semi-finalists are whittled down, the five U.S. finalists will compete against five finalists from Mexico and five from Canada in the inaugural North American Startup Clash to be held Nov. 7 in Kansas City. The global finals will be Nov. 21 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Interested in getting in the ring? Appy online.

June 23, 2014

Lincoln Vital Signs


Lincoln Vital Signs was commissioned by philanthropic organizations, the business community, the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County to create a shared understanding of our city—both its strengths and challenges.

Lincoln Vital Signs is intended to inform conversations, spark connections and spur collaboration. The key indicators provide data, not a plan for action. We offer the information to paint a picture of our collective successes and challenges. It is hoped that the findings will catalyze insight and action among individuals and organizations as we work to develop a vision for the future.

Read the report here and contribute to the conversation!