Silicon Prairie News

3686_f7e0832876_small February 27, 2012 by Adrienne Baughman

Des Moines As Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad attends the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, DC, today, some key startup legislation is currently being held in the Senate Judiciary Committee by fellow Iowa Republican, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley. "I think we are really looking at about a six week window for Congress to act," said Cameron Cushman, an associate … read more

3691_ef666c0c82_small February 27, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Every Monday, look for our events post to keep you in the loop on the happenings of the week. From meetups and conferences to workshops and pitch sessions, if it's happening in the Silicon Prairie, you'll find it here. For more, visit our … read more

3690_c300f94630_small February 26, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Peter Kageyama, a community and economic development consultant and author of "For the Love of Cities," thinks that we need to find more lovers for our cities. "Ultimately, the element that makes for the most lovable cities are the people themselves who are in love with the city, the ones who are those living embodiments of a love note," Kageyama said in a presentation at TEDxIowaCity in November. A love note, as he defines it, is a … read more

3688_6e66c02905_small February 25, 2012 by Christopher New

With the Oscars on Sunday, great films are on our minds. But while 2011 was a good year for movies of most varieties, there was no "The Social Network" on tap to feed the appetites of the startup-minded. So if you're starved for some inspiration, go back and check out these six films about entrepreneurship,* any of which will get you more charged-up than a Gary Vaynerchuck keynote. Here's my top five films about entrepreneurship: 5. "Batman Begins" (2005) This little gem of a superhero … read more

February 25, 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

3684_f0bce7c114_small February 24, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Silicon Prairie News: After stints with more established businesses, you made the jump to a startup a little over a year ago in joining Deal Garden. What drove you to enter the startup world? | Cody Butler: I was one of those guys that quit his more-than-decent-paying corporate job thinking I could start a business and make more money. Turns out having an original idea does not automatically translate into profits. I joined Deal Garden because I had realized that there was a lot I did not know in regards to starting high-growth companies, employing humans and changing the world. … read more

3674_79b531eb4f_small February 24, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski & Brittany Mascio

Omaha We're beyond excited to reveal the new look of Big Omaha with the launch of today's preview website. For us, this marks a collaborative effort from our team and creative partners, and we are thrilled to share the branding pieces behind this year's event. Thanks to Oxide Design, our branding and identity partner, we're pushing things far beyond the pastures and doing something daring this year. Their design work takes the iconic Big Omaha bovine to the next level in a bold and personal way. We hope you enjoy the big twist! In addition to the … read more

3670_763c33405b_small February 24, 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 of our coverage, please contact … read more

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