Where there are significant problems, there are opportunities for significant solutions. Two significant problems in the housing market are lack of availability and lack of sustainable building options. S.I. Container Builds recently raised $1.7MM to scale their solutions to these problems.
Rory Rubin founded S.I. Container Builds to support those with an immediate need for affordable dwellings that are sustainable; leaving softer footprints, never compromising beauty inside and out.
The inspiration to repurpose one-trip shipping containers lead Rory to establish a brand that offers an innovative perspective to the traditional way of home building. She has spent a lifetime around architects and construction managers, as well as having a more formal education in art history.
Her expertise in organizational development, sales, and culture have helped her create a business that focuses on outcomes both for the larger community and the clients themselves.
Where: Virtual Only!
When: Monday, September 19th, 2022 at 10:00 AM CST US
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Joe Keeley is a dynamic, yet thoughtful entrepreneur and conscious leader. As such, Keeley is the CEO and Co-founder of JustiFi Technologies, a venture backed fintech business providing payments and fintech infrastructure and strategy for vertical SaaS platforms. JustiFi exists to accelerate the potential of vertical SaaS platforms by bringing optimized embedded payments and beyond payments fintech solutions to bear resulting in increased value for the platform of 3-5X with remarkably lower cost of ownership.
Keeley also founded and grew College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors (CNST), the nation’s largest in-home childcare and tutoring company. CNST disrupted the fragmented in-home childcare market through Keeley’s people leadership, technological innovation and indomitable spirit. Keeley led CNST to over 200 franchises in the USA and United Kingdom (a milestone less than 5% of franchisors achieve) and over 13,000 employees. In 2016, College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors was acquired by Bright Horizons Family Solutions (NYSE: BFAM), the largest corporate sponsored childcare operator globally.
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.
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.
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.