Silicon Prairie News

4106_e54a9b973e_small May 9, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Tonight is the big night, and if you're half as stoked as the Silicon Prairie News team, you'll be joining us for the Big Omaha Opening Bash with the Kauffman Foundation at 8 p.m. at The Slowdown. If you're a Big Omaha badge holder, you'll receive your pretty pink bling and official Big Omaha nametag during our pre-registration, 8-10 p.m. at the start of the party. (Registration begins at 8 a.m. Thursday … read more

4062_00fa9dd19e_small May 9, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Omaha As we posted on Monday, the sponsor support of Big Omaha 2012 has been tremendous and we obviously couldn't put on such an event without the backing of so many great organizations. These sponsors are involved for several reasons, namely because they believe in the vision and experience that has been associated with Big Omaha over the last four years and because they want to get to know and be a part of that community. … read more

4105_6204bdcecd_small May 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha VoterTide, an Omaha-based social media monitoring and intelligence company for politics, today announced the release of VoterTide Alerts (left), a free mobile alerts service designed to notify users of news as it's breaking in social media. VoterTide tracks some 1,800 political candidates and officer holders, and users can receive free updates on up to three of those political figures through the rest of the current election cycle. … read more

4101_4a2ce43673_small May 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha On the eve of the Big Omaha 2012 Opening Party, we want to take a moment to let you in on another party we're planning (and you're invited). On August 30, we will celebrate the Silicon Prairie community: the startups, entrepreneurs, developers, creative individuals, investors and other key stakeholders who are working to build the region … read more

4103_9d9cf1a70b_small May 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

West Des Moines Silicon Prairie News: What's the CliffsNotes version of the story of how a college English major becomes marketing director for a financial tech company? | Sarah Foss: Once I discovered I couldn't support my shopping habit by being a writer, I went into what all young twenty-something gals do for lucrative means – sales. I quickly discovered my talents lied more in promotion and execution, so I hopped on the marketing ladder and here I am today. | SPN: How has your approach to marketing changed since SmartyPig became Social Money and began selling GoalSaver as a white label solution? | SF: Built inside of Social Money's primary product, GoalSaver, is a B2C … read more

4098_8202cbd3b2_small May 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Though Big Omaha is limited to 650 attendees this year, we've rounded up the best of what's out there for the badge-less bunch. Below is the agenda for how to best experience Big Omaha on a budget. Wednesday Beer && Code Pre-Party 5-8 p.m. at Old Mattress Factory (501 North 13th Street) With the goal of connecting Omaha programmers with those traveling in for the event, Beer && Code, a meetup group, is inviting all/only programmers to join them … read more

4102_1e3f28c83f_small May 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Dwolla, the cash-inspired payment startup based in Des Moines, today announced an upgrade to its financial services product, FiSync, that will enable the real-time transfer of money from one bank account to another. The web service syncs financial ... read more

4100_1c9dac71e6_small May 8, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha In its inaugural year, Big Omaha sold out to 450 attendees. In year two, Big Omaha added 50 seats and sold out again. In year three, 100 seats and another sell out. Now, in year four, with 50 seats added, a record sell out time and a waitlist of more than 200 names, we've decided to add thousands of more "seats" to the back of the room. For the first year, we'll be live-streaming all speaker presentations … read more

The polls are open!

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.