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  • 1. A New Omaha Rising
  • 2. (silos)
  • 3. Artists Musicians Innovators Entrepreneurs Techies Web Designers
  • 4. Interesting people doing interesting things, without knowing about each other.
  • 5. We are changing that.
  • 6. Social Media is helping to bring our divergent communities (developers, designers, entrepreneurs, innovators, etc) together.
  • 7. How Did We Get Here...
  • 8. Sarah Lacy's Money Shot
  • 9. quot;Omaha is looking at what is has - a different culture of innovation, ... a creative class -- and trying to build a community that will support anyone who has a good idea and the stomach to try to start something.quot; quot;They live and breathe the Web 2.0 movement, are excited by it, and want to jump in.quot;
  • 10. BarCamp Omaha • 30 + attendee led sessions • 100 + attendees • 15 + sponsors • Great opportunity for networking / sharing ideas with our “creative class” • Building Community!
  • 11. Also working on weekly video updates, podcasts, Ustream maybe this slide with the following 3 can be comined into one...and tie into Dusty's spots? Let us know what you think...
  • 12. Soo.... Where to from here?
  • 13. Keep moving forward...
  • 14. Events, events, events...
  • 15. BIG Omaha 2009 May 7th & 8th 2009 • Social Media Conference • Gary Vaynerchuk, Kevin Rose, Evan Williams and... Warren Buffett! (stranger things have happened) • Regional / Local involvement... • Goal? Continue to connect people, and build an organic momentum • Bring together techies and non-techies
  • 16. Warren?
  • 17. Bring together local resources
  • 18. Creative Incubator
  • 19. Market Driven Innovation • National partners • Identifying key quot;pain pointsquot; amongst companies, and pairing seasoned entrepreneurs with them to solve those problems
  • 20. Other social media initiatives...
  • 21. Wrapping up • quot;Siloedquot;, but lots of people out there • #1 priority is to keep building community o Events, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, interview, stories, etc etc. o Without community, the other endeavours are difficult (or impossible) to foster. • Work with city leaders and other entrepreneurs to build infrastructure around this community • Begin to launch companies / highlight existing companies / showcase cool things
  • 22. Sarah Lacy: quot;... interesting projects come out of Omaha, they're going to look very different by necessity than what comes out of silicon valley or other places ...quot;
  • 23. Thank you!