Silicon Prairie News

3732_822b0030ed_small March 4, 2012 by Riane Menardi

Des Moines The fourth Startup Weekend Des Moines kicked off on Friday night at Startup City Des Moines and by Saturday all work had been focused on fifteen projects. Meet the teams behind them here: 1. NoMoMeeting Who: Matt Heying, project leader; Beau Lyddon, developer; Nick Joyce, developer. What: NoMoMeeting helps developers stay in the zone by eliminating daily status meetings. By aggregating a team’s activities into one group chat, NoMoMeeting lets … read more

3729_82f4e0c11c_small March 3, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (This is a guest post by Collin Caneva.) I've been asked a number of times about raising money in this market. I’m not really sure that I’m the guy to turn to for advice, as what’s worked for me, might not work for you. Everyone's different. First off, the obvious: I don't live in Silicon Valley, New York City, or Austin Texas, etc. So the stories I hear that go like, "I had drinks with so-and-so, told them my idea and right then and there raised $1 million to produce my widget." I'm not sure if that’s how it really is in other places, but if it is, no thank-you. (Remember "easy come, easy go"?) Or the stories about putting together pitch decks, detailed business plans, elaborate presentations, and making sure to drop the right buzz words… not for me either. I'm not saying … read more

March 3, 2012 by Dusty Davidson

Every day I comb through my Google Reader reading sites like Hacker News and others, and star articles that are especially interesting about startups, entrepreneurship and miscellany. read more

3710_e089bad41a_small March 2, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Fridays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email And if you have suggestions on how we could improve these posts or any … read more

3728_2a387328b5_small March 2, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines The official "city badge" for the five winners of foursquare's #VisitUS contest debuted this afternoon and for Des Moines that means a new global look at the Iowa State Fair's famous butter cow. Des Moines entry to the contest was spearheaded by students in Chris Snider's Social Media Strategies … read more

3721_ee740e62ca_small March 2, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park Silicon Prairie News: Having worked for an agency while running your own business on the side, can you compare and contrast your processes and approach for the two different types of work? Melanie Haas: A lot of small businesses are built on a passion for what they do, but lack the knowledge or experience to reach their customers in the best way, while also being profitable. Often, I find that small businesses need help with other aspects of their business in addition to marketing. I serve as a consultant on a variety of levels, and I'm also a web developer. So on my own, I touch many parts of a business, which I enjoy a lot because I can get creative with solutions to problems and I get to work with some really wonderful … read more

3727_9354ab6012_small March 2, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Today I get the honor of introducing you to our newest online sponsor, Novak Druce + Quigg LLP. Novak Druce + Quigg is a national intellectual property law firm with clients across the globe and offices on both coasts and in Texas. They don't have a physical location in the Silicon Prairie but have taken note of the great ideas building in this part of the country and wanted to show their support. We're very excited to have them read more

3685_17ddd0550d_small March 2, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

La Vista "You might be a Nebraska entrepreneur if you believe in quality before quantity," Steve Kiene (left) told the crowd during his closing keynote at last Friday's Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship. In a style reminiscent of Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck if…" routine, Kiene, the managing principal of the Lincoln-based software investment fund … read more

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