For those of you who don’t know about it already, Wire Me Awake is a conference that promotes and celebrates innovation and technology in the Midwest, particularly in cities along the I-29 corridor.
In the order of which they presented:
- Dan Hall — CEO & Founder of Gun Up
- Bozell — Omaha advertising agency featured on AMC’s “The Pitch.”
- Emma Peterson — CEO & Founder of Tikly
- Jim Beddow — Rural development advocate
- Nic Zahasky — CEO & Founder or Barrel Aid
- Frank Fritz — Co-star on The History Channel’s “American Pickers“
A plethora of talent already exists in the Midwest. Our goal now should be to embrace each others talents. Yes, this might involve tearing down some walls that you’ve built up between you and the “other” agency. It might also mean attending a conference and shaking hands with someone in real life.
It’s been said before, and I cannot place enough emphasis on the fact that each of us in the Midwest tech startup community are better off as a whole than as individuals.
Many speakers mentioned in their presentations that if you should decide to start a new company it’s best to do so with a co-founder, or, in the case of some companies, a brofounder.
I always get really excited when I have the opportunity to put real faces to the avatars I see on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn day in and day out.
Frank Fritz gave an excellent presentation. No slides needed. I also really enjoyed catching up with him after the event and learning some insider information from the “What Happens In Sturgis” episode.
Photos from the event