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Silicon Valley startup Ink relocates to Lincoln

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An Ink Smart Campus kiosk -- seen in Love Library South on Wednesday -- allows University of Nebraska-Lincoln students to print, scan, send and fax documents remotely. 

A California startup company with some big names behind it announced Wednesday that it is moving to Lincoln.

Ink Labs, which makes a printing kiosk, moved into new temporary digs at Fuse Coworking in the Haymarket earlier this week. That will serve as the company's home base until permanent office space is ready. 

Ink is the brainchild of Jonathan Manzi, its founder and CEO. Manzi, who has been called America's youngest millionaire after amassing $1 million in net worth a decade ago at age 16, started Ink while a student at Stanford University.

Ink’s signature product is the Ink Smart Station, a digital kiosk that allows people to print, copy and scan documents from any device and from anywhere.

Ink did its pilot test of the device on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus last August and has since partnered with another dozen universities.

That's one of the big reasons the company decided to move its headquarters to Lincoln.

Another is that it just closed a $6.65 million seed funding round that includes investment from local entities Nelnet, Speedway, Nebraska Angels and Invest Nebraska. Also participating in the round was VTF Capital, which was founded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. Earlier investors and backers of the company included Gregg Kaplan, co-founder and former CEO of Redbox.

Ink said in a news release that it expects the seed funding, which is more than triple the amount of money it previously had raised, to lead to rapid growth. And since Nebraska is one of the fastest growing states when it comes to high-growth startup funding, it makes it a natural fit for the company.

“Lincoln, Nebraska, affords Ink with the ability to attract smart, young, loyal talent at scale and offer them a superlative proposition for quality of life,” Manzi said in the news release.

The company has 25 employees but expects that number to increase quickly, Manzi said.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LincolnBizBuzz.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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