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Brian Ardinger

Lincoln, NE
Brian is the co-founder of Econic, an innovation consulting, training and research firm and co-host of the weekly podcast Inside Outside Innovation. Prior to Econic, Brian was the founder and managing director of NMotion, a seed-stage accelerator in Lincoln, Nebraska.

He has been involved with pushing entrepreneurship and innovation in the Midwest through initiatives such as the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit, Rise of the Rest, Startup Weekend and StartupWeek Lincoln. He is a regional champion and mentor for programs like Startup Champions Network, Lean Startup Circle, PIPELINE Entrepreneurs, and the JumpStart Challenge.

Before his recent work building startup communities, Brian was Chief Marketing Officer at Nanonation and has been a regular contributor to industry publications, a public speaker and quoted industry expert with over 25 years of experience in interactive media, marketing, consulting, and research. Brian was head of research at Ion Global, a Hong Kong headquartered technology firm where he developed Asia’s first dedicated customer experience lab to analyze and measure how customers utilized technology in their shopping and online experiences. In addition to his work overseas, Mr. Ardinger has been a Senior Consultant with Gartner based in Silicon Valley where he implemented strategy and research for multinationals around the world and managed projects in industries ranging from software to mobile technology.