Manny Quevedo has founded multiple tech companies that have impacted the startup ecosystem in Nebraska including Cosentry (Acquired by TierPoint) and OpsCompass. He also advises and invests in local tech startups. In 2021 he was awarded the Omaha CIO Forum Lifetime Achievement Award.
If you're interested in startups, this is a great place to meet with founders, investors, and local startup supporters.
Where: Modus Coworking, 1901 Howard St. Omaha, NE 68102
When: Thursday, October 20th, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM -- Afterparty at Mercury
What is Startup Grind: We're a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.
Our monthly events provide opportunities for successful entrepreneurs in our community to share their stories and insights. These events are meant to bring together the startup community and those interested in seeing tech grow in Omaha. Startup Grind is all about being able to tap into the largest community of startups around the world, make meaningful connections, and gain inspiration about the startup journey.
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Orion Advisor Solutions
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I See It Ventures
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Dusty is a serial technology entrepreneur and investor on the Silicon Prairie. He has started a handful of things, including acquired companies such as Flywheel, Tripleseat, and Silicon Prairie News, as well as was a key organizer and creator of Big Omaha. He also invested in Workshop, Pet Friendly Direct, VidaNyx, and many more tech companies.
In 2014, Luke was working for his family’s roofing business and found himself spending too much time trying to get his crews to document job sites. He looked around for software to make his life easier, and found an astrology app — but nothing that would help with the documenting-jobs thing.
Luke decided to make a solution “himself” — so he hired a local software company. Together they created the first version of CompanyCam, but that was only the beginning. Since then we’ve grown, changed, and adapted to stay ahead of our users’ trades. We embrace change and improvement, and we continue to add new features and integrations.
As the CEO of BasicBlock, Taylor has a demonstrated history of identifying trends and accurately predicting market strategies in both payments and transportation. With a strong background in tech and marketing, he leads the company’s product team and overarching R&D and customer acquisition initiatives. He’s the catalyst behind the BasicBlock team and is constantly pushing for velocity and growth. He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University before dropping out 6 credits shy of a degree to start BasicBlock and radically upturn an industry. He splits time between the company’s Lincoln and Chicago offices with his dog Mimi unwavering by his side.
As a general partner and cofounder at Proven Ventures, Erica Wassinger is a go-to investor for new companies as they pursue growth in Nebraska.
Wassinger, previously named the Silicon Prairie Champion by Silicon Prairie News, has made her mark on the midwest economy tied to the creation and support of hundreds of entrepreneurs and some of Nebraska's most exciting startups.
She routinely contributes to Nebraska's largest news outlet, the Omaha World-Herald, where she discusses the intersections of tech, venture and Nebraska startups. Her entrepreneurial insights have been quoted in publications like Forbes, Inc. Magazine and NPR.
John is the Co-Founder and CTO of the fast-growing OpsCompass. They provide real-time visibility, monitoring, and control of cloud environments through products and services.
Todd Clarke was the co-founder of Orion Advisor Solutions. Orion provides asset management and portfolio accounting to Registered Investment Advisors. He currently is an adjunct professor at Creighton University and teaches Entrepreneurship and serves on several non-profit boards.
John Bunting is the founder of Beeso Studio. He has 17 Years experience managing projects/programs and co-founding several startups. He has taken development teams from 0 to 100+ and managed portfolios up to $7.5M. Co-founded Evus Technologies, a startup studio in Las Vegas, NV.