Silicon Prairie News

3701_ac3c9d527b_small February 29, 2012 by Amy Engle

La Vista Christian Renaud, co-founder of the technology startup incubator StartupCity Des Moines, kicked off the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Summit Friday as the morning keynote speaker. Renaud focused on the idea of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem, telling attendees, “You not only own your own future, your own entrepreneurial endeavors, but as part of this ecosystem, part of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem, you own the development of that as well.” …  read more

3707_dd2e0b363f_small February 29, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's episode, Tej Dhawan of Startup City Des Moines and Andrew Kirpalani of Ensighten joined me to discuss the upcoming Startup Weekend in Des Moines and the Startup Visa legislation currently in Congress and Iowa Senator Grassley's role in the process. This week on the Fast Four it was @DHH gone racing, the Big Omaha teaser website launch …  read more

3703_4460928069_small February 29, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Xuba, the Omaha-based social commerce startup behind social beauty store and network, closed a $5.4 million Series A round, the company's co-founder and CEO Julie Mahloch (above) confirmed in an interview on Monday. Capricorn Investment Group led the round with a $5 million investment. Capricorn, which is the investment arm of eBay founding president Jeff Skoll and other entities, will soon open an Omaha office under … read more

3706_b1e213d24a_small February 29, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Austin If you're planning the trek down south for South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, we want to see you there. Help us grow our list of SXSW attendees from the Silicon Prairie. We're working to connect those who are headed down from the Silicon Prairie region so we're collecting a list to follow all the action of Silicon Prairie attendees and panelists during the March 9-13 stretch in the Lonestar state. … read more

3696_ac428b4f2c_small February 28, 2012 by Michael Stacy

La Vista Long before Mary Ann O'Brien actually was a CEO, she signed her name like one. Today, O'Brien is the CEO of Omaha-based OBI Creative, an ad agency that, per company literature "is hard-wired for innovation." But O'Brien has harbored big ambitions since she was a little girl growing up in rural Spencer, Iowa. "I've been signing my name: 'Mary Ann O'Brien - CEO, O'Brien Industries, New York, New York, 10069' since I was in the third grade," … read more

3704_32538522d9_small February 28, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. for Episode 76 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines. We'll be joined by guests Tej Dhawan of Startup City Des Moines and Andrew Kirpalani of Ensighten. Discussion topics will include Iowa political ties to the current Startup Visa legislation and this weekend's Startup … read more

3569_54d5ccc3ad_small February 28, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Austin If you're headed down to South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, make sure to bring an early morning appetite because Silicon Prairie News plans to serve a breakfast of champions. Join us for the first Silicon Prairie Cereal Bar at Halcyon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. We're switching from liquor to leche for our party this year, and we're looking to provide attendees an opportunity to recoup from the conference craze, and scoop sugar-coated cereal goodness. From the frosted classics … read more

3687_4234230f21_small February 28, 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 … read more

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