Silicon Prairie News

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

4177_df28bf1365_small May 18, 2012 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City Thad Langford, the former CEO of Zave Networks and current entrepreneur in residence at OpenAir Equity Partners, spoke on Tuesday at the Technology Entrepreneur Speaker Program (Tech ESP). Tech ESP is a speaker series held in Kansas City that aims to highlight Silicon Prairie entrepreneurs, their stories and their successes. Langford (left) talked about experiences, lessons learned and the issues and challenges that led to Google's acquisition of Zave Networks in 2011. After Zave Networks was acquired, Langford joined OpenAir Equity Partners, a venture capital firm focusing on the mobile and wireless … read more

4181_f22af852ca_small May 18, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

There are many articles which talk about how and why people leave their day jobs to pursue their dreams. It seems as though I read almost an article a week on the subject. Though there are common themes around what it's like to quit a perfectly good job where things are going right but you don't feel like it's where you're supposed to be, I wanted to share some of my thoughts for this week's Founder Friday post. When I launched the idea for Silicon Prairie News almost four years ago, it started out as a side project which I was passionate about. I was intrigued by what was going on in the city after seeing other innovative communities and knew that our city had the same individuals doing amazing work here. … read more

4180_e39d77ffe7_small May 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha When Sahil Lavingia turned 18, he came to an important conclusion. "I was an adult," he said, "so I decided I was going to get serious about my career." That career, in a very short span, has included stints at Pinterest, and now Gumroad. Lavingia founded Gumroad, which is designed to help people share and sell their creations directly to their social network followers and friends. As a speaker at Big Omaha 2012, he discussed his path to Gumroad. … read more

May 18, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 104th Opportunities on The Prairie today from all over the region. If you have an opportunity to add, please register your positions using our … read more

4147_e1b5ba4939_small May 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha As the Silicon Prairie News team pored over the Big Omaha 2012 attendee list in the days leading up to last week's conference, one thing that stood out was a spike in the number of venture capitalists attending the conference from outside SPN's three-city region of Des Moines, Kansas City and Omaha. It's one … read more

4179_918fb4751a_small May 17, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

In the wake of our standard post-conference startup swag post and in my best Bill Cunningham form, I present you pictures of people in pink at Big Omaha 2012. The branding for the conference involved a lot of pink, and plenty of conference-goers donned one shade or another of the bold color. …  read more

4160_272726e15e_small May 17, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

We're thrilled to see Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business" list released on Monday. This year's list features four faces familiar to the Silicon Prairie community as introduced to us through Big Omaha and Thinc Iowa over the last year. … read more

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Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.