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4083_465df20b4b_small May 4, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Columbia (This is a guest post by Wade Foster.) Few people come out of the womb, kicking and screaming, born ready to be a startup founder. Most of us take the longer more traditional route. Usually that means 12 years of primary education, 4 years of secondary education, a few more years working at a good job before finally catching the startup bug. You can't get this idea out of your head so you make the leap of faith into entrepreneurship. There is nothing wrong with a more traditional route. I took the more traditional route. … read more

4044_9e2df35c7e_small May 3, 2012 by Amy Engle

Already pick out your clothes in anticipation of Big Omaha? Now, it's time for you to do your homework on the speaker lineup. Lucky for you, we've done the hard part and put together a series of links on the latest news and videos of each of the speakers in hopes of building your enthusiasm before you even step out your door. Filled with one of the youngest entrepreneurs to receive venture capital funding, the founder of a company that began the blogging … read more

4080_ad840bfc78_small May 3, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The Business Innovation Zone in Des Moines, led by Mike Colwell, holds a series of educational luncheons, the Business Insights and Networking Luncheon Series, for entrepreneurs in Central Iowa. Each event in the series features a speaker from the Des Moines community with either expertise or thought leadership in an area that's applicable to people working on building high-growth and scalable businesses. … read more

4077_62472196dc_small May 3, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha With today's addition of Square co-founder Jim McKelvey, it's finally time to unveil the complete Big Omaha 2012 schedule, featuring our event venues, open to the public parties and speaker times. For speaker bios, photos and more event details, head on over to, and stay tuned for Big Omaha coverage on Silicon Prairie News. … read more

4074_3679b1a262_small May 3, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Today we have the great opportunity to welcome one last presenter to this year's Big Omaha speaker slate. Co-founder of Square and fellow Midwesterner Jim McKelvey will be making the trek to Omaha to share his entrepreneurial story on stage. We're thrilled to have Jim join us as he brings with him a fascinating background, which includes the now famous story behind the founding of Square. As a renown glass artist, he once lost a sizable order because he couldn't accept credit cards. "We made the solution he needed," Square co-founder and fellow … read more

3965_5612a5524d_small May 3, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City Launching a startup is a familiar task for Klink Mobile's Jessie Bishop. Bishop in 2009 co-founded Prepay Nation, a service that allows the transfer of cellular airtime from one customer to another, even across international borders. Prior to that, Bishop worked for Euronet Worldwide, where she was initially exposed to the financial payment sector. Prepay Nation was on track to generate … read more

4034_cd0e57bee6_small May 3, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Christopher Kingsley remembers it well – the “aha” moment he experienced while sitting across the table from entrepreneurs pitching for funds. Kingsley is the co-founder and CEO of 42, the Lincoln-based digital agency and software lab formerly known as Roundscapes that in March announced its new identity and the completion of a $1.5 million round of funding from Lincoln firms Nelnet and Nebraska Global. But Kingsley's journey to entrepreneurship started long before that. When he was 12, he had … read more

4072_066231a3cc_small May 2, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Silicon Prairie News: What are some of the latest and greatest projects in the works from the team at SkyVu? | Michael Kingery: I am pretty happy with how Battle Bears Royale turned out actually! I can't believe that we now have a large multiplayer game under our belt. I'm also happy with our next game in the series — it has suffered from a midlife crisis but it has all been for the best. I am pretty excited to be a part of it all! | SPN: Through years and years of doing creative work, what have you found to be the optimal conditions for creativity — time, place, conditions, etc.? What are the essential ingredients in your creative process? | MK: I'm not that picky … read more

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