I figured I would post about it if for no other reason that my two boys can look up on the site years from now and realize I was covered once in the paper.

At any rate, it was fun and Stefanie Monge is a solid reporter who “gets it”.  Not because of the story on me, but because she’s constantly covering Omaha’s real movers, doers, entreprenuers and innovators.  Keep up the great work Stefanie!

Without further ado, here’s the story…


Published Monday August 25, 2008
Movers: Silicon Prairie blog helps one man connect

Jeff Slobotski’s ability to connect with people has led many of his friends and colleagues to describe him as a “human router.”

“I love connecting with people,” Slobotski said.

He writes Silicon Prairie News, a blog devoted to “highlighting young entrepreneurs and professionals in the greater Omaha area.” Slobotski said he promotes startups and new technology in hopes of increasing awareness of innovation in the Midlands.

He helps organize events to bring together entrepreneurs, including the recent BarCamp Omaha and a book signing by Silicon Valley business reporter and author Sarah Lacy.

Collaboration among entrepreneurs, investors and the “creative class” – which includes artists, musicians and designers – allows people with ideas to meet people with the skills to get them off the ground, he said.

Slobotski’s latest project is establishing a work space and creative incubator for entrepreneurs. “It’s about getting the right people together to facilitate future success.”

Creative startups, such as the Slowdown nightclub and Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, “have laid the groundwork” for the creative vibe in Omaha, but it must be maintained to spur future growth, he said.

Slobotski is manager of corporate sales for Truist, a New York City-based company that sells software to track corporate social responsibility. He works remotely from Omaha most of the time.

His passion for volunteerism and corporate responsibility goes beyond his job. Slobotski said he is a strong believer in social entrepreneurship, a model in which giving is a core business principle from the start of operation.

Slobotski started Packs of Promise, an organization that provides homeless men and women in Omaha with backpacks filled with supplies for winter.

Omaha is getting a lot of national buzz, he said, with its placement on the Top 5 and Top 10 lists of various publications.

As the next generation of business leaders steps up to the plate, it is important to maintain the spirit of philanthropy here, he said.

• Contact the writer: 444-1085, stefanie.monge@owh.com