Silicon Prairie News

6582_6d845ab87a_small March 12, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Austin Last week when entrepreneurs from around the world flocked to Austin for South by Southwest Interactive, the Silicon Prairie was well represented. While there were Iowa and Kansas City parties, a bevy of startup pitches and countless business cards exchanged, a handful of entrepreneurs also have taken the time to reflect on the festival. To share her experiences in Austin, Kaylee Williams (left) of Des Moines' VolunteerLocal teamed up ... read more

March 12, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Pack, the social network for your dog, doesn't have a full-fledged app just yet, but it's got the next best thing: "one minute of happiness when you need it." Snack by Pack is a bite-sized app that delivers some of Pack's best dog photos straight to your pocket once a day… read more

6579_f39ad44b9c_small March 12, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Kansas City's Crossroads District is about to become even more eclectic and bustling than usual. About six months after the initial announcement ... read more

6574_e3f94ecd0d_small March 11, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha The initial list of mentors for Straight Shot's second accelerator class includes local entrepreneurs and subject matter-experts, along with several new mentors from across the Midwest… read more

6563_b2a27ff034_small March 11, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Frank Merchlewitz) Long time no blog! Coding is a lot like exercise, in that I’ve done neither for about two weeks. And I suppose it’s difficult to gain progress in both coding and fitness without consistent effort—even just 15 minutes a day. So that’s what I’ve been doing during the week, slowly but surely (with programming, not exercising). I’m done with my HTML/CSS refresher and set to delve deeper into Python… read more

6572_8ebc3c6edc_small March 10, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha No matter the genre, music attaches us to our experiences. It adapts to the stages of life, becoming our soundtrack while having the ability to motivate, comfort, delight and inspire us. It may most easily play unnoticed in the background, but it's front and center to someone like DJ Skee. Over the past decade, DJ Skee has helped shape the popular music scene. Named to Billboard magazine's influential “Power Players: 30 Under 30" in 2010, he has collaborated with artists such as Jay Z, Katy Perry ... read more

6558_2e39e7bd2e_small March 10, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City Last week FullStack, formerly known as Cramer Dev, announced a name change and rebrand after 14 years in business. Now the Iowa City-based development firm is making another big announcement: an expansion to Kansas City. While this isn't the first we've heard of the expansion, founder Josh Cramer officially announced plans for FullStack's KC office Monday. "As our company has grown in Iowa City, there's a couple things we wanted to do," Cramer told Silicon Prairie News ... read more

6570_ca019ac090_small March 10, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Roughly three and a half years ago, before the plans for StartupCity Des Moines had started to come together, the city's entrepreneurial community came together to discuss what would best serve its ecosystem… read more

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