Silicon Prairie News

3129_f94099f232_small November 3, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln A team of Nebraska designers is earning high marks — or even, we dare say, "mad props" — for its new laptop stand, The Prop. Nicholas Pajerski and Justin Brouillette, who work together with a group called MAKE Collaboration, created The Prop, a portable stand composed of two interlocking pieces of inexpensive, lightweight plastic, in response to their frustration over a lack of good laptop … read more

3066_1c0295914c_small November 3, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines As we continue debriefing from the first Thinc Iowa, we are humbled by the support of our attendees and compelled to continue the dialogue started at the conference on Oct. 21. We have collected a list from various media outlets that covered the conference and that will help the conversation about Thinc Iowa remain dynamic moving forward. We find great value in the thoughts, words and actions of our attendees. Here's a collection of some of those …  read more

3127_f9462398bd_small November 3, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City A pair of nonprofit organizations that play a prominent role in promoting entrepreneurship on the Silicon Prairie — and across the globe — will now do so in even closer conjunction. The Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced that Startup Weekend is now an affiliate of the foundation. Seattle-based Startup Weekend, which runs a global series … read more

3126_115b0f9d35_small November 3, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Washington, D.C. Lincoln-based software investment fund Nebraska Global is among some 50 companies receiving recognition today in Washington, D.C. for its role in A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize skills-based and pro bono volunteer services to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to effectively meet community needs. Nonprofit, business and government leaders are gathered … read more

3122_dd01bce956_small November 2, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines We were very excited to welcome the Principal Financial Group on board as a premier sponsor of our inaugural Thinc Iowa. We had the Principal in mind immediately when we decided on a theme of "the common ground between startups and corporations," as there is no more visible symbol of established corporations in Iowa than the Principal's headquarters at 801 Grand (the state's tallest building) in Des Moines. The fact that The Principal is a Fortune 500 … read more

3121_6079512515_small November 2, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines After two weeks off for Thinc Iowa (me) and a new baby (Andy), we're back with episode 60 of your favorite weekly podcast: PrairieCast! During those two weeks of "down time," we came up with some new ideas for the show and we'll be rolling them out over the next several episodes. First and foremost, we're going with a more consistent cast … read more

3124_9133c4cb13_small November 2, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines When Stefan Hansen and his brother Thomas were asked to create an interactive display for last month's Thinc Iowa conference, the brothers didn't just — ahem — thinc about it; they let their imaginations run wild. Stefan, 26 and Thomas, 28, who together form Fresk Interactive, used the conference as a welcome opportunity to tinker with the Kinect, Microsoft's motion-sensing input device. Thinc Iowa marked the first time the Hansens have used the Kinect … read more

3105_99a23b98a9_small November 2, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Gordon Whitten, who founded Sojern and recently popped up in the news for teaming up another Omaha entrepreneur to launch VoterTide, spoke at Cornstalks on Thursday about his entrepreneurial career. Cornstalks is a monthly gathering hosted by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce for individuals interested in high-growth entrepreneurship. "I started my first real business of my own when … read more

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Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.