Silicon Prairie News

6951_2f4298d5a5_small July 2, 2014 by Carson Vaughan

Omaha Following a second-stage equity-financing round led by non-profit venture capital firm Invest Nebraska last October, Omaha-based GamePlan Technologies says it’s pleased with the results… read more

6994_9faf7cc60e_small July 2, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Last year we compiled lists of companies from each region you should be following on Twitter in anticipation of our annual Silicon Prairie Awards. It worked so well that we decided to update those lists this year, but this time, we're widening the playing field a little bit… read more

7012_b90d414f1b_small July 1, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha The nonprofit online media company that focuses on local Nebraska music launched a radio app and new site this week. has its first redesign since it launched in 2010 with a mission to make the state a globally recognized cultural destination. The new site is fully responsive with an embedded radio station that has a new playlist every Monday. read more

6991_8a7971844b_small July 1, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Shane Reiser talks about customer development at Startup Weekends all the time, but it was his first time schooling startups at an accelerator like Straight Shot. The Lean Startup movement is hot on the minds of startups across the nation, and it was no different for the group of seven startups. Most had read "Lean Startup" and knew about the general practice. read more

7013_b1767733df_small July 1, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City "The biggest surprise was really Kansas City," Fitbark's founder Davide Rossi told SPN of the experience. "In terms of being a place not only for us to be strategically, but also that it's just a beautiful place. I continue to say that when I came here from NYC, everybody was just so nice, like, suspiciously nice." read more

7020_a8321473fb_small July 1, 2014 by Megan Bannister

As of this morning, applications to compete in this year's "Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash" pitch competition are open. In order to apply, startups must be under five years old, have a founder who is a U.S. citizen and exhibit a "scalable and innovative business idea or model." read more

7019_cae90c9374_small July 1, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Andrew Brooks, co-founder of Internet of Things company SmartThings, spoke with Big Omaha attendees on the subject of enabling smart homes while also enabling innovators to solve their industry's problems. The Big Omaha video series is brought to you by First National Bank of Omaha. read more

7015_1f8222fdb0_small July 1, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Ever wonder what LeBron James' Twitter reach is like? Or maybe curious how often he curses in tweets, what his writing style is like or whether his follower engagement is more positive or negative? And if you want LeBron James to tweet about your product to his 13.3 million followers? Well, that'll cost you about $100,000, based on Lincoln-based opendorse's analysis of worth… 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.