Silicon Prairie News

4197_8e570cc749_small May 22, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha These days, Jim McKelvey's best known for his work as the co-founder of Square, the mobile payments company that enables anyone with an iPhone to accept credit card transactions. But that's just the most recent chapter of the McKelvey story, which includes endeavors far more distant and varied — from his years as a glass-blower to his experience writing a college text book as a college freshman. On May 10 at Big Omaha 2012, McKelvey drew on that… read more

4195_ebab26f5ed_small May 22, 2012 by Geoff Wood

With Big Omaha 2012 more than a week in the rear view mirror, the team at Silicon Prairie News has already begun working on Thinc Iowa 2012, our next premier event. It's a bit early to release speaker names and party venues for the October event, but one detail that we're excited to share with you is a new name and brand for all of our premier events. … read more

4189_b96a76925b_small May 22, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Omaha What Big Omaha 2012 stills and motion content partner Malone & Company does every year is easy to quantify, yet somehow still difficult to express. This year, the Malone & Company crew of Mike Malone, Patty Malone, Matt Andrews, Sally Nellson Barrett, Chris VanKat, Kate Heller-Thomas and Andrew Marinkovich joined forces with Kameron Bayne of Kameron Bayne Images plus Tyler McCarty and Matt Paddack of Bellus Films to produce: 10,707 images, 3,592 photo booth images, 186 video clips, 523 gigs of total content They collectively took 280,000 steps, walking about 122 miles during 200 production hours. … read more

3982_a5075a5684_small May 22, 2012 by Riane Menardi

Des Moines A few years ago, John Jackovin’s 9-year-old daughter received a significant gift — a Yamaha keyboard. It was an exciting moment for the family, and Jackovin wanted to share it with the world. Jackovin (left), who had been working in technology for nearly 10 years, quickly discarded the product registration card that came with the keyboard, and he was struck with an idea: What if there were a way to harness the power of mobile technology and social media to share purchases online — something that … read more

4196_2dfb5107e2_small May 22, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Yael Cohen was floored three years ago when her mother was diagnosed with cancer, but it didn't take Cohen long to stand up and start fighting. "I'm not a researcher, so I can't contribute scientifically to the race for the cure," Cohen said on May 10 during her talk at Big Omaha 2012. "And I'm really f---ing impatient. I wanted to do something where I could see my impact and I could use the skills I had." So Cohen started what today has grown into F--- Cancer … read more

4184_048db93847_small May 21, 2012 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City Lantern launched today with the aim of helping users find things around them that they couldn't find before — namely, deals. Lantern, which is now live in Google Play, has a unique spin on how merchants divvy out coupons and how Lantern users can cash those coupons in for huge savings. Unlike many daily … read more

4188_9bb5bf69cd_small May 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha It didn't take much time teaching at an underfunded New York high school for Charles Best to realize the severity of the disparity between opportunities enjoyed by students at different schools in the U.S. "When I started teaching in the Bronx," Best said, "I saw firsthand that all schools are not created equal." Best and his fellow teachers would chat in the lunchroom about things they longed to offer their students but lacked the funds to … read more

May 19, 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

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