Silicon Prairie News

4095_39381b55b3_small May 8, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Thad Langford, who guided Zave Networks through its 2011 acquisition by Google and now is actively involved with several other Kansas City startups, will present May 15 at the next installment of Kansas City's Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program (Tech ESP). The event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Country Club Plaza offices of Polsinelli Shughart (700 W. 47th St., Suite 700). People who plan to attend are asked to register beforehand. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door. From the Zave Networks acquisition to Langford's Investment in Leap2 and his role as an AgLocal board member … read more

4079_98d0300594_small May 7, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Last week, we sifted through our Kauffman Foundation ticket giveaway entries – nine video entries and more than 30 written responses – and selected Brett Neese, a college student from Ottumwa, Iowa as the winner of the Big Omaha ticket contest. In his VYou response (above), Neese described his emerging role as a student entrepreneur on The Prairie. He shared his story of acclimating himself … read more

4061_2887fc39d0_small May 7, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Omaha It seems cliche to say it but we can't think of a more appropriate word to describe the sponsor support of Big Omaha than humbling. Companies from around the world not only seen the value in being associated with you – the Big Omaha community – but also value in being a part of it, and never moreso than they have this year. We're thanking our sponsors in a series of posts now, ahead of the two day event, so that you can say hello to them in … read more

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

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.