Silicon Prairie News

4013_8bb71ff10f_small April 24, 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 … read more

4022_47e7b03c63_small April 23, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Before the Raikes School’s Design Studio Showcase on Friday afternoon on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Doug Burgum, the former CEO and chairman of Great Plains Software and a former senior VP at Microsoft, delivered a speech. “Doug was a special leader in our industry,” said the school's namesake, Jeff Raikes, who helped Microsoft acquire Great Plains for $1.1 billion in 2001 and introduced Burgum on Friday. "He is very thoughtful about organizational culture." Raikes explained that although “cultural” aspects are often referred to as the “softer” sides of business, they are critical. Indeed, they form the basis of the Raikes School's … read more

4020_4de751d1ee_small April 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Silicon Prairie News: You've written that "there's more to successful branding than just telling a story." Can you explain what that means and what you as a marketer do to go beyond merely telling a story? | Chris Lewman: With the thousands of messages customers receive every day, traditional marketing isn’t as effective as it once was. Successful branding moves beyond storytelling into engagement where customers hear your story, understand it and interact with it. But you have to measure that process and use … read more

4021_8f2ebc53d6_small April 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City A new coworking spot in Iowa City is open for business. And for busyness. Busy Coworking earlier this month officially opened the doors to its third-floor space at 218 East Washington St. It's starting small but has plenty of room to grow as it aims to provide affordable, comfortable workspace to independent professionals in downtown Iowa City. The opening was the culmination of a year worth of work by co-founders Sheila Samuelson and Jordan Running. Samuelson, a sustainable business … read more

4018_69d29e55de_small April 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

San Francisco Singly has raised $7 million in a Series A round led by the Foundry Group, All Things D reported this morning. The startup, which … read more

4014_7441ff1cd4_small April 22, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

"Every good pitch, whether it's an elevator pitch, a three-minute pitch at an angel forum or even a 20-minute pitch at an investor, starts with a strong opening sentence," Founder Institute's Adeo Ressi says. "And I can't stress to you how important getting this opening sentence right is." To help entrepreneurs, Rissi has developed a simple guide to pitching in the form of a mad lib: My company, (company name), is developing (a defined offering) to … read more

4012_ed1cda0ad7_small April 21, 2012 by Guest Contributor

(This is a guest post by Bill Hanigan and Mark Wickham.) Congress is in the business of making laws. Some of those laws prove helpful, while others do not help much at all. The recently enacted (and eagerly anticipated) crowdfunding provisions contained in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which was signed into law on April 5, may ultimately fall into the latter category. Congress intended … read more

4010_8c24a70a99_small April 21, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (This is a guest post by Christopher Kingsley.) Countries may be unable to pay their debts and the global economy is still struggling, but if you read any tech news, it seems like the one place in the world where they are still dropping money from helicopters like its 2007 is technology startups. There are few things currently hotter than funding the next scrappy vowel-less app team. From incubators handing out $150k to every startup to ridiculous 100x earnings … 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.