Silicon Prairie News

4199_936eedfdd1_small May 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Silicon Prairie News: In the short time that you've been interning at VoterTide, how has your understanding and appreciation of the political landscape changed? | Paul Graff: To be honest, I had always assumed that politics were over my head. The whole thing seemed impossible for me to keep up with. Being at VoterTide has reinforced the fact that I don't need to listen to talk radio all day to know what is happening — keeping up with what Obama and Romney are doing can be done easily through platforms I already use daily, like Twitter. Now I follow all of the presidential candidates on Twitter, and it is slowly creating a clearer picture in my mind of what the landscape looks like. | SPN: You've described yourself a passionate about building stuff people love to use. What are three apps that… read more

4198_b908fbaca3_small May 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha When the co-founder of jumped on stage on May 10 at Big Omaha 2012, he treated the room to the first listen of a yarn he'd never spun before. "I really want to put it out here and be vulnerable," Seth Goldstein said. "The strengths that I find most important in entrepreneurs are not just confidence and aggressiveness and focus; it's also vulnerability and authenticity and, importantly, emotional intelligence." So, over the … read more

4191_4847d6b1a5_small May 23, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln The idea for Vestn — a "tool for providing portable value in education, personal development, and personal marketing" — started with co-founder Conner Dana's search for some help with a college class project. As a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in early 2011, he figured he could find a fellow student to do some graphic design by asking friends and networking across campus. He was surprised that it took him three weeks to connect with someone who lived right down the hall. By last summer … read more

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

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