Silicon Prairie News

4026_c00c0a1e93_small April 24, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Columbia Newsy today announced the availability of its channel on Roku, a streaming player. Newsy, a Columbia, Mo.-based news startup that we originally featured last summer, delivers the news of the day in multisource videos 2-3 minutes long that highlight the key differences in reporting from media outlets around the world. Those videos are now part of Roku's news and weather category. Users can add the Newsy channel to their Roku player for free and get instant access to the latest Newsy videos. Newsy produces 20 videos per day … read more

4024_c2315669c8_small April 24, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Kansas City The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, our premier sponsor of Big Omaha 2012, will grant one lucky entrepreneur a ticket to our sold-out show taking place May 9-11. The catch? On video, share why you want to attend Big Omaha and answer this Kauffman Foundation contest question: "What does participating in an entrepreneurial community mean to you?" To enter, applicants … read more

4023_03d857663f_small April 24, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln On Friday, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Raikes School held its annual Design Studio showcase, where juniors and seniors presented the yearlong projects they completed in partnership with real clients. Here’s a bit about each of this year's projects, and a sampling of what the students have learned since August: Nelnet | Junior Alec Johnson, a computer science major from Peoria, Ill., did mostly back-end development on Nelnet's customizable … read more

4013_8bb71ff10f_small April 24, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Fridays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email And if you have suggestions … read more

4022_47e7b03c63_small April 23, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Before the Raikes School’s Design Studio Showcase on Friday afternoon on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Doug Burgum, the former CEO and chairman of Great Plains Software and a former senior VP at Microsoft, delivered a speech. “Doug was a special leader in our industry,” said the school's namesake, Jeff Raikes, who helped Microsoft acquire Great Plains for $1.1 billion in 2001 and introduced Burgum on Friday. "He is very thoughtful about organizational culture." Raikes explained that although “cultural” aspects are often referred to as the “softer” sides of business, they are critical. Indeed, they form the basis of the Raikes School's … read more

4020_4de751d1ee_small April 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Silicon Prairie News: You've written that "there's more to successful branding than just telling a story." Can you explain what that means and what you as a marketer do to go beyond merely telling a story? | Chris Lewman: With the thousands of messages customers receive every day, traditional marketing isn’t as effective as it once was. Successful branding moves beyond storytelling into engagement where customers hear your story, understand it and interact with it. But you have to measure that process and use … read more

4021_8f2ebc53d6_small April 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City A new coworking spot in Iowa City is open for business. And for busyness. Busy Coworking earlier this month officially opened the doors to its third-floor space at 218 East Washington St. It's starting small but has plenty of room to grow as it aims to provide affordable, comfortable workspace to independent professionals in downtown Iowa City. The opening was the culmination of a year worth of work by co-founders Sheila Samuelson and Jordan Running. Samuelson, a sustainable business … read more

4018_69d29e55de_small April 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

San Francisco Singly has raised $7 million in a Series A round led by the Foundry Group, All Things D reported this morning. The startup, which … read more

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