Silicon Prairie News

3366_9f9da68ee2_small December 28, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park One of the fastest growing startups in the Kansas City area is making a big bet that its cards can trump the competition. Front Flip, a customer engagement platform based in Overland Park, Kan., launched in the Kansas City market on Nov. 4 and already has about 300 businesses and nearly 40,000 individual users on board. That's all for … read more

3367_30ceec1d5d_small December 27, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

In 2011 we picked up the pace, publishing more than 1,400 blog posts. That's nearly double our post output from 2010, when we published about 850 posts. A majority of our content is focused on the core of our mission: the Silicon Prairie community. It's because of the individuals and companies that make up the community that our content volume has increased – please keep … read more

3365_73a6526529_small December 27, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Prairie Village After spending years on the East Coast and overseas working stints with TH Lee Putnam Ventures, Morgan Stanley and Citibank, Fred Coulson returned to his Midwestern roots in 2006, moving back to the Kansas City area to start Five Elms Capital. Five Elms, which makes investments of $1-10 million and works heavily with Midwestern businesses, made its first … read more

3364_d0a13b9435_small December 27, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines PrairieCast is off this week for the holiday break, but on behalf of co-host Andy Brudtkuhl, producer Jon Thompson and everyone on the Silicon Prairie News team, we'd like to thank you for a great year of the show. We launched PrairieCast as an audio-only podcast in early 2010 and did 19 episodes throughout the year. This year made a lot of changes, committing to a weekly schedule and moving to live video. We overcame a hurdle or two … read more

3361_802baf359e_small December 26, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

We've rounded up more than a half-dozen creative, clever and sometimes confusing holiday greetings from startups, web development shops, marketing firms and, in its usual festive mode, Google. Check out the short descriptions and screenshots below for a link to each item of seasonal cheer … read more

3347_f9b668b0f2_small December 26, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Thursdays (one day early this week with last Thursday's edition missed) 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 … read more

3325_014c2280ae_small December 26, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln While studying electrical engineering at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Matthew Wegener had a part time job at a salvage yard where he worked on cars and poured concrete. During his time there, Wegener realized the salvage yard needed an inventory management system. He made a proposal to build the system for them on evenings and weekends. "Literally it was just a card table in a salvage yard," … read more

3357_5ac4700f3c_small December 26, 2011 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln The new president of the Nebraska Angels has two goals for 2012: "More members and more deals." Bart Dillashaw, a Lincoln attorney, succeeded Nebraska Angels founder John Brasch in October as the second president in the organization’s history. Dillashaw has been interested in technology and startups since attending college in Texas during the '90s dot-com boom, and he previously practiced law in Silicon Valley before moving to Lincoln in July 2010. "There's something … read more

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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.