Big Omaha features nationally renowned entrepreneurs and innovators from the tech world and beyond.

2016 Speakers

Amy Emmerich

Chief Content Officer of Refinery29

Chief Content Officer at Refinery29 where she oversees a 150 person team driving content strategy and distribution across channels.

Bart Lorang

Founder of FullContact

Founder of FullContact, helping companies master their contacts to be awesome with people and, helping crazy entrepreneurs change the world.

Emily Becher

Head of Samsung Accelerator

Best known for her work at Samsung Accelerator and co­founder at TravList. Self acclaimed ‘almost­ native’ New Yorker.

John Henry

Founder of Cofound Harlem, AREA

John started his first company at 19, an on-demand laundry-tech startup. He successfully sold the company within two years and went on to found Cofound Harlem - a social impact accelerator. Now he's spearheading AREA, investing in real estate technology startups.

Hiten Shah

Co­-founder of CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics

Co-­founder of two SaaS companies, CrazyEgg and KISSmetrics. He enjoys helping others think.

Shivani Siroya

Founder and CEO of InVenture

InVenture is modern credit for a mobile world. Unlocking trillions of dollars in purchasing power in the world’s fastest growing economies.

Brett Hagler

CEO and Co-founder of New Story

CEO and Co-founder of New Story, an innovative nonprofit that transforms slums into sustainable communities. Brett is a Y Combinator graduate, former founder of a venture-backed e-commerce company, author, cancer survivor, and was named to Forbes 2016 30 Under 30 list.

Milena Berry

Co-founder & CEO of PowerToFly

Co-founder and CEO of PowerToFly, the global platform that matches businesses with women who can work from anywhere.

Nikhil Arora

Co-founder of Back to the Roots

Back to the Roots, the company on a mission to #UNDOfood through Ready-to-Eat and Ready-to-Grow products.

Tanya Menendez

Co-founder & CMO of Makers Row

Co-founder and CMO of Maker’s Row, an online marketplace connecting over 10,000 manufacturers and 100,000 brands creating products in the USA.

Kevin Lyman

Founder of Warped Tour, President at 4fini

Kevin Lyman, best known as the creator of the Vans Warped Tour, has shaped youth culture for over 35 years with his expertise in the music industry and many philanthropic ventures.

Alejandro Velez

Co-founder of Back to the Roots

Back to the Roots, the company on a mission to #UNDOfood through Ready-to-Eat and Ready-to-Grow products.

Samantha Payne

Open Bionics Co-founder

Sammy Payne is the co-founder of Open Bionics, developing affordable bionic hands for amputees and bionic superhero hands for children.

Matt Halpern

Drummer for Periphery, founder of The Entertainment Institute

Best known as internationally successful drummer of the band Periphery, Matt is also an Entrepreneur, Educator, and Public Speaker.

Sol Orwell

Co-founder of

An entrepreneur and business developer, most known for his work as the co­founder of Forbes profiled him as a seven­ figure entrepreneur.

Chris Hruska

2016 Big Omaha Emcee

Chris is a family guy & church-planting pastor who loves Omaha. When he isn't working, you can find him shooting hoops and cracking jokes.


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