Silicon Prairie News

3585_66544824e1_small February 10, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (This is a guest post by Riane Menardi.) In early November, I had no idea that the Midwest had a startup presence — heck, I think I had to look up what exactly a “startup” was after I saw a tweet about the Startup Job Crawl. I was clueless, but intrigued about this four-hour, tech-industry networking event. As a 2011 Drake grad, I was desperate for a steady paycheck … read more

3593_8738ca7e5f_small February 10, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Thursdays (one day late this week), 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 … read more

3570_505205de98_small February 10, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City There's a little-known secret tucked away on the third floor of the Kansas City Public Library's downtown Central branch. It's quiet, high-tech and full of resources for budding entrepreneurs. It's the H&R Block Business & Career Center. Per the library's website, the Block Center is dedicated to supporting successful entrepreneurs, in addition to helping patrons invest money wisely, find jobs and develop careers, establish and sustain non-profits and improve … read more

3615_113a40de29_small February 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Bio: Midwest guy whose obsessions include: startups, building teams, travel and storytelling. Curator of people, connector of dots. | Title: Partner at Dynamit, Manager of Entrepreneurship at Kauffman Foundation, Board of Directors at Startup Weekend | Age: 27 | Residence: A 747 somewhere, sometimes Kansas City, Mo. | Website: | Twitter: @nickseguin | Intro music: "Make My Whole World" by Trolley Snatcha | Silicon Prairie News: In your role at Kauffman, you travel across the country and world observing and working in different entrepreneurial ecosystems. To you, what are the unique, defining characteristics of the Silicon Prairie? Nick Seguin: I honestly don't know if I can articulate any unique … read more

February 10, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 90th Opportunities on the Prairie today from all over the region. If you have an opportunity to add, please contact Brittany Mascio … read more

3611_fd70dce947_small February 9, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Washington, D.C. A group of government officials, academics and non-profit leaders convened today in Washington, D.C. to call for the reduction of legislation and regulation that they believe is impeding the progress of the country's high-growth startups. Benno Schmidt, the interim president and CEO of the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Govs. Dave Heineman of Nebraska and Jack Markell of Delaware, who both attended on behalf of the National Governors … read more

3610_f1c247d1e7_small February 9, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Washington, D.C. Benno Schmidt, the interim president and CEO of the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska headline a group of speakers slated to talk today at the Kauffman Foundation's third annual State of Entrepreneurship Address in Washington, D.C. The event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Central Time and continue for 90 minutes … read more

3600_66cb19c0d0_small February 9, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Unite Private Networks and the City of Lincoln will form a joint public-private partnership to place a grid of telecommunication fiber in downtown Lincoln. Lincoln mayor Chris Beutler outlined the plan during a press conference today, where he said that the city will finance a grid of conduits that will ultimately hold fiber from Unite and be open to any other communication company. The city will own the conduit, and Unite will maintain it. Any telecommunication service providers will be able to install fiber in the conduit. … read more

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