Silicon Prairie News

4027_38349905bd_small April 30, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Kansas City is on the verge of an opportunity for unprecedented waste. And that, Paul Kedrosky believes, could be a wonderful thing. That was the message Kedrosky (left), a senior fellow at the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, conveyed to a lunchtime crowd on April 18 in the third installment of the Kauffman Foundation's Google … read more

4039_de4d7eb451_small April 30, 2012 by Geoff Wood

It's time to switch up the cover photo on the Silicon Prairie News Facebook page, and we want to feature you, the members of the Silicon Prairie startup community. The plan is to change our cover photo each week with photos of Silicon Prairie-based startups. This is where you come in: we're asking that you send us your best photos, particularly those featuring people (we love smiling faces!) … read more

4048_13e97f65ee_small April 29, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines The inaugural OpenIowa is in its homestretch at Startup City Des Moines. The three-day event, sponsored by StartupIowa, is empowering entrepreneurs, developers and designers to utilize a continually-growing set of government databases to create new ways for citizens to access that information. Close to 30 participants signed up for the event, which began on Friday evening and concludes this evening. Participants were tasked … read more

4049_9a52f737fc_small April 29, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson took his weekly blog series "MBA Mondays" into the classroom this month to share the ins and outs of employee equity. Skillshare, a New York-based startup billed as a "marketplace of classes," facilitated Wilson's hour-long presentation. Wilson began his class by asserting his belief in the importance of awarding employee equity. He summed this up with a comment once left on his blog by Jeff Minsch: "If anyone … read more

April 28, 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

4042_5055b20b63_small April 27, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha We're super excited to introduce to you to two more Big Omaha 2012 presenters and our emcee. Please help us welcome Sahil Lavingia, the founder of one of Silicon Valley's most buzzed about startups, Gumroad, and Eddie Huang, the dynamic young chef and budding media personality behind … read more

4025_5e6a9cdcb9_small April 27, 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 how we could improve these posts or any of our coverage, please contact … read more

4038_196c8fc433_small April 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Silicon Prairie News: Can you explain what Brand Your Startup does and describe the motivation for that project? | Coty Beasley: BYS is a division of Beasley Creative that focuses on helping startups and small businesses get brand essentials. A critical factor in a new business' success is often presentation. Working in a coworking space, I see a lot of new businesses that just need the basics, but don't understand effective branding. As a designer, I feel obligated to help — there's this drive to make sure people don't start off on the wrong foot. | SPN: You have written that "design should be deliberate," and your personal logo certainly reflects that. Can you break down all the elements represented …  read more

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