Silicon Prairie News

4234_cb21e5a8a6_small May 31, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Nearly two months have passed since the last installment of our Gig Bits series. That gap in coverage can be explained, in part, by the fact that it's been all quiet on the Fiber front — at least from Google's side, anyway. The Kansas City Star reported earlier this month that the timetable for Fiber has been pushed back from Google's onetime deadline of June 30. “We’ll have an announcement about Google Fiber this summer,” a Google spokeswoman … read more

4235_7f90b6bd88_small May 31, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Silicon Prairie News: Give me your elevator pitch for Torsion Mobile's Mojaba. Why are mobile-friendly sites preferable to native apps? Tony Leo: Our official one-liner is Mojaba is a mobile-web publishing platform exclusively for agencies. Basically, it's a pretty cool piece of web-based software that allows an agency to create a mobile-optimized website without contracting with a development shop. Mobile sites are great because they can be accessible by a lot more devices than a native app. Smartphones are growing in popularity, but a lot of Americans are still using feature phones (non-smart), and even with the availability of apps, iOS owners are still using their browsers — more … read more

4232_ee30194cf7_small May 30, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha If you've been following our Big Omaha 2012 Video Series, you've seen the solo performances given by Yael Cohen of F Cancer, Ben Lerer of Thrillist, Jim McKelvey of Square and Philip Rosedale of Coffee & Power on May 10 at Big Omaha 2012. Now, we bring you an encore performance featuring that entire quartet. The four founders took the stage together to close the opening day of this year's conference, riffing on a wide array of questions …  read more

4173_0ec9585381_small May 30, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha A tweet earlier this month yielded a couple dozen congratulatory replies for Omaha developer Zach Leatherman. After spending six years with one of Omaha's largest corporations, Union Pacific, Leatherman (left, with wife, Traci) announced he is making a move to work with Boston-based Filament Group. The six-person design studio is, according to our tipster, John Henry Müller of What Cheer, a "force pushing the web forward." In September, for example, Filament was responsible for the … read more

4060_6055d4fcde_small May 30, 2012 by Geoff Wood

It's our pleasure to once again give a shout and note-of-thanks to the companies who support our online efforts to tell the story of technology entrepreneurship and innovaton across the Silicon Prairie. These organizations have all made a firm committment to seeing the regional startup community continue to grow and we could not appreciate them more. Take a few minutes and check them out online. … read more

4230_ecd1a743f1_small May 30, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Silicon Prairie News: As the new guy at Corporate 3 since starting there in January, what have you tried to bring to the team? | Dylan Baumann: The coolest, quickest, most efficient way to get new websites up and running. Not to mention new resources/ideas/ways to look at problems. | SPN: You've said that the biggest part of your job is keeping up to date with technology. What are three of your favorite resources for keeping current on tech, and why do you like those? | DB: Design blogs (,, etc.), Twitter and music videos (love me some music videos). It's a great inspirational mixture without overloading yourself on pure design. … read more

4217_85fff263ce_small May 29, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha An unmistakable thread woven through Philip Rosedale's life and his talk on May 10 at Big Omaha 2012 is the tendency to challenge commonly held assumptions regarding people and the work they do. Take, for instance, Rosedale's thoughts on the perception that Silicon Valley is full of nothing but the swashbuckling cavaliers of the business world: “Even in Silicon Valley, and I think in some sense especially in Silicon Valley and the tech world, real risk-taking is … read more

4208_b0749dbd22_small May 29, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Lead Read: "The Social Anatomy of Cory Booker's Misstep" - AdWeek gives VoterTide love (above) for its data and analysis on Cory Booker's social media accounts. Quotable: "At that point, we were behaving just like entrepreneurs." - W.D. Allen, faculty advisor of the University of Missouri's Student Angel Capital Program, reflecting on the … 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.