Our Story

Proteus is the result of the VentureTech (formerly i2rd) and Vipa Solutions merger in 2017, founded in 1993 by Dr. Don Nelson and Dr. Muhlin Chen, professors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Computer Science Department. Both gentlemen recognized the need for software development to be a collaborative experience with a mix of business, technical, and feedback from end users to ensure success. The commitment and passion for product development success was driven by three core beliefs:

  • Research and Planning
  • Answers that are Unique
  • Passion for our Work


Over the years the technology has changed but our founders core principles and values hold true today at Proteus. Year after year, our clients have valued our honesty and integrity. They've trusted us to deliver best-in-class products and together we've developed a long-term relationship for business success. Our clients will recommend us to you.

Core Values - C2G2 PCP


  • Commit to each other, our clients, our cloud platform, our process and our mission.
  • Create opportunities, relationships and products.
  • Give to our team, our clients and our community.
  • Grow ourselves, our team members and our clients.

We are...

  • Passionate.  We always drive for success and see challenges as opportunities.
  • Candid. We have meaningful, real and transparent communication.
  • Positive. We see the glass as half full.

Proteus, the result of the merger between VentureTech (formally i2rd) and Vipa Solutions, was originally founded in 1993 by Dr. Don Nelson and Dr. Muhlin Chen of the University Of Nebraska, Lincoln Computer Science Department

Executive Leadership

Joseph Knecht
Dr. Muhlin Chen
Ken Logan
Jessica McMullen
Dao Pham


Proteus is located in Lincoln, NE frequently referred to as the Silicon Prairie


Proteus has an in-the-trenches tested team of technology and business minded team members


Proteus has assembled leading teams of business and innovation minded individuals - driven by product ideas and execution

Structure Cross-Functional Teams

Cross-functional teams including Business/Client, Customer Success, Agile Engineering, Quality Assurance within a Scrum Culture