Silicon Prairie News

4094_2c6b55f00b_small May 9, 2012 by Amy Engle

With the staff of Silicon Prairie News busily working to get everything just right for Big Omaha 2012, we wanted to make sure we stopped and took a minute to thank our final group of sponsors that make Big Omaha possible. In-kind donations are some of the most vital, providing crucial services like wifi and creature comforts of lounge areas. Each year, we honor our sponsors with recognition in a … read more

4097_a48ee1530b_small May 9, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Making its official Nebraska debut last week, Pipeline played it cool. Pipeline, a regional entrepreneurial fellowship based in the Kansas City area, held the first Nebraska module in its history May 2-4 in Omaha and Lincoln. And, on Thursday night, Pipeline took over The KANEKO and opened the module to guests for the COOL Lounge Event. The evening included a "cool conversation" and various attractions from Pipeline innovators past and … read more

4104_2a5a06781b_small May 9, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha Even if you've never been to Big Omaha, by now you probably know where it's being held. The KANEKO, a creative space in Omaha's Old Market district, has been the venue for the Silicon Prairie News conference from its very beginning in 2009. Organizers behind both venue and event see no reason to change that arrangement any time soon. "There is this overlap between Big Omaha and KANEKO," said Dr. Jim Linder, incoming chair and … read more

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

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.