Silicon Prairie News

7054_4e8a05c725_small July 10, 2014 by Julia Hogren

Des Moines Oftentimes, the challenge for new business growth in states like Iowa involves reaching a critical mass of support. For Iowa's independent angel investor group Plains Angels, that means extending its reach to other parts of the state… read more

7048_b7a3929182_small July 10, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Omaha    Post by Dave Vankat, director of events for AIM. Remember 2003? It was a big year in technology. iTunes, Myspace, Wordpress and camera phones were all getting rolling while Des Moines, Iowa, was rolling out the first ... read more

7050_cbe7feb11b_small July 9, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Ever been to a large music festival, wedding or some other large event where you wish you could scream your thoughts to the group, but can't? Maybe you want to quickly tell your neighbors about something going on in the 'hood. Maybe a college student wants to tell the whole campus about a tailgate party.  read more

7052_932953b05b_small July 9, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha It might not seem like a tech conference is the prime location for a speaker focused on healthy living, but Darya Rose, author of the blog Summer Tomato and the critically acclaimed "Foodist," fit right in at Big Omaha. Rose, who also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience, shared three tips for healthier living that even the busiest people can make time for: eat real food, get physical exersice and make habits rewarding. read more

7043_f679052cb8_small July 9, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Almost 70 percent of Kansas City students aren't reading or performing math at grade level. How things got there is up for debate, but just about everyone agrees there isn't a quick fix. That doesn't mean there isn't room for lots of small, meaningful solutions. Katie Boody and Carrie Markel, co-founders of The Lean Lab, are Teach for America alums who had the opportunity to see schools around the country.  read more

7042_8efff89b3b_small July 9, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Kansas City Kansas City Mayor Sly James wants neighborhoods to come together again in the digital age. The city has partnered with Nextdoor, a private social network designed specifically for neighborhoods, to improve community engagement. Nextdoor is a three-year-old startup based out of San Francisco. read more

7047_e80498f71f_small July 9, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Kansas City We are thrilled to announce eight of our speakers for Big Kansas City today. Over the past six months we searched for incredible companies with founders who are set on changing the world. These first eight speakers are part of the equation that is sure to make Big Kansas City a life-changing experience.  read more

6997_d70fefe0fa_small July 9, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City 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

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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