Silicon Prairie News

3673_bfceb099bb_small February 23, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City One year ago, Bo Fishback, then president of Kauffman Labs in Kansas City, returned home from a weekend trip to Los Angeles with one thing on his mind: Zaarly. Today, that one thing is his full-time job. Over the past 365 days, Fishback took a frustration – at 6 feet 8 inches tall, he longed for a way offer other airline … read more

3668_de9a200dc9_small February 22, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week we were joined by two guests, old friend Chris Burns of West Des Moines-based Shift and PrairieCast first-timer Jimmy Winter of Omaha's VoterTide. We discussed recent news related to VoterTide as well as Fast Company's "Most Innovative" list which included two startups with Silicon Prairie ties, Dwolla and Zaarly. This week on the Fast Four … read more

3669_2a7bfabc00_small February 22, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha One week has passed since Silicon Prairie News held Omaha's first Startup Job Crawl, and if you were one of the more than 200 students to join our tour de startups, you probably walked away seeing where the potential lies in the local community for mentors, connections and potential employment. Now, it's time to sift through the business cards and make the most … read more

3672_807abd6631_small February 22, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Silicon Prairie News: As someone who works for a big corporation but who has the "heart of an entrepreneur," what's your view of the role large companies can play in sparking entrepreneurship and innovation? | Kris Nessa: Every company is or was a startup. Every company wants to grow, go public and makes lots of money. Every company wants to be a Fortune 500 company. Can you hustle to create a billion-dollar company? Or would you rather create the billion-dollar idea with help from a solid foundation and go to market faster? I happen to work for one of those well-known startups in Kansas City. I love being challenged with one of the biggest problems facing all of us today, health care. … read more

3671_2c8876e2b0_small February 22, 2012 by Macy Koch

Des Moines Tikly, an online ticketing service in Des Moines, today is rolling out its custom web and ecommerce system, a new version that allows users to create ticketing events on their own. "The first chapter of Tikly was a ticketing service that we built out using a third party ecommerce system," Emma Peterson, the 22-year-old founder and CEO of Tikly, said. "We proved the concept worked using the system, so we … read more

3664_b20a07f5fb_small February 22, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City You know how the adage goes: identity is in the eye of the phone holder. All right, maybe that's not the exact turn of phrase. But Toby Rush hopes that becomes conventional wisdom in the near future. Rush is the founder and CEO of the startup EyeVerify, and his vision for the future of identity verification … read more

3666_7491bbf909_small February 21, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Big Omaha is less than three months away, and some fun things are in the works. First up is a new brand and identity (sneak peek, left) from our friends at Oxide Design, our fantastic design partner since the event's inaugural year. Stay tuned to Silicon Prairie News for the Big Omaha website launch announcement this week, which will be accompanied by details about schedule, venues (we'll be back at KANEKO!), hotels and the date tickets will go on sale. Remember, last year Big Omaha sold out in one week so make sure to save the date! Also this week, we'll be unveiling our new promo video directed and produced by the folks at Malone & Company … read more

3665_f6ad8457f4_small February 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha PeggyBank has closed a $500,000 Series A round, company founder and CEO Jim Simon said in a phone interview. Although Simon declined to divulge specifics about the first outside funding his startup has taken … read more

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