Silicon Prairie News

6593_bef6fc1af7_small March 21, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Ben Pankonin) There's this common thought that startups develop out of a certain personal belief that the problem you are solving impacts you greatly and causes a deep emotional reaction engaging every fiber of your being to solve it. At least for me, I always thought that was the way it was supposed to work. I envisioned a love at first sight or in this case, a "startup at first sight" dream ... read more

6604_a3be57a706_small March 20, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha In 2012, Ingrid Sanders had more than a decade of experience in the tech industry under her belt as a digital strategist. It was then that she took a step back, traveling the world on a six-month sabbatical. She spent her time studying with experts in yoga, meditation, nutrition, relationships and ukulele. The trip became the inspiration for founding popexpert ... read more

6608_72708c379b_small March 20, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Ames With 21 days to go, Evan Balster has already exceeded his $20,000 Kickstarter goal for imitone, an app for PC and Mac that turns your voice into musical notes in real-time. The project, which was 50 percent funded after only 27 hours, was fully funded within a week. Imitone acts as a MIDI (music instrument digital interface) solution and requires no setup ... read more

6607_aaeab873d3_small March 20, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha 1 Million Cups Omaha-Lincoln took an unconventional approach to its usual weekly presentation and networking event on Wednesday. Instead of presenting a new, upcoming startup, organizers invited Jimmy Winter of VoterTide to share a "post-mortem" of what he learned through the social media analytics tool for political campaigns. VoterTide was acquired by MindMixer last February. "Do as I say, not as I do," he told the nearly 40-person audience Wednesday morning ... read more

6610_93cea542fb_small March 19, 2014 by Julia Hogren

Ankeny More than 70 students and technology professionals competed for a chance at $10,000 in cold, hard cash at the inaugural Dice Mobile Hackathon last weekend in Ankeny, Iowa. The event, held at Des Moines Area Community College Future Farmers of America Enrichment Center, kicked off quietly at 9 a.m. on Saturday with 13 teams spread across round tables full of snacks, laptops, coffee and power cords ... read more

6618_2498bb6f4b_small March 19, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Dr. James Linder will serve as interim president of the University of Nebraska system, replacing outgoing president J.B. Milliken. Linder is a long-time supporter of Midwest startups. He and his wife, Karen, head Linseed Capital, which has invested in several startups, including Bulu Box, EyeVerify, Flywheel, Nobl, SkyVu and Travefy, among others ... read more

March 19, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Organizers announced Wednesday that, in an effort to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, a statewide Dream Big Grow Here pitch-off will be held May 15 in conjunction with EntreFEST… read more

March 19, 2014 by Fred Bauters

St. Louis TopOPPS, the St. Louis-based startup intent on optimizing sales pipelines for companies, has received $700,000 in seed funding, including $250,000 from venture capital firm Cultivation Capital and the rest from its founder, Jim Eberlin, and private investors. ... read more

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