Silicon Prairie News

4096_00e56be66c_small May 7, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha As we kick off the week of Big Omaha, our team of contributors is preparing to deliver recaps of speakers, reports on attendees and roundups of parties. And that's just the start, because this year, thanks to the support of our coverage sponsor CoSentry, we're readying ourselves for the most comprehensive coverage of Big Omaha yet. Starting today, we'll have stories highlighting our event partners and sponsors … read more

4035_a8ccb649df_small May 7, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Last week we explored the path that led Christopher Kingsley, the founder and CEO of 42, to his startup's March relaunch, which was backed by $1.5 million in funding from Nebraska Global and Nelnet. Today, we’ll go more in depth with the company and learn about what makes it tick. “42 is the evolution of what we've been doing the last couple of years," Kingsley said of his company, which before its relaunch was known as Roundscapes. "We have been acting as a digital agency and a vendor and … read more

4088_f427b3c800_small May 7, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha It's hard to believe that we're days away from the fourth year of Big Omaha. It seems like just yesterday we were debating about hosting an event, fondly something similar to an "Omaha Web 2.0 / Social Media" conference. I for one am glad that we decided on the name "Big Omaha" instead of the "Web 2.0 Conference in Omaha" as the event is so much more than just the latest trends or predictions … read more

4093_3b31235018_small May 6, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Though Gary Vaynerchuk will not be one of this year's Big Omaha speakers, the energy, excitement and enthusiasm he brought to the event's first three years will undoubtedly be present because its help set the tone. The video below featuring Vaynerchuk at Web 2.0 Expo 2008 displays that tone. Honest, passionate and, as Big Omaha co-founder Jeff Slobotski likes to say, a "kick in the pants" kind … read more

4089_cb282b25c4_small May 5, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha The Big Omaha Backstage Pass, a series of video interviews providing a unique look at our speakers, will return for its second year, but this time around we want you to be a part it. In conjunction with Malone & Company, the same team behind our annual promo video, we'll be sitting down with each speaker on Thursday and Friday, conducting uninterrupted, one-on-one interviews. If you were in our spot, what questions would you ask? … read more

4090_a215a1165a_small May 5, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Omaha I’ve attended the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder’s meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, for the past few years and always get there early (or send my husband early) to be able to secure seats in the main arena of the 19,000-seat CenturyLink Center. The 2011 attendance was 40,000, so getting there by 6:30 a.m. is important, lest you be relegated to the folding … read more

May 5, 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

4067_a462426b0e_small May 4, 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 … read more

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