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3400_00c1f698bf_small January 6, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Name: Tom Boozer | Title: Interim Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Scholars Program, Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri Kansas City | Age: 45 City: Kansas City, Mo. | Silicon Prairie News: Early in your career you developed products for aircraft passenger cabins. What was one part of the cabin you aimed to improve and why? Tom Boozer: Lots of hills to climb here. Here are a few: Sleep in the cheap seats. Why should it cost $5,000 to fly in a seat in which you can sleep? Normal life onboard. While it is a tube hurling through space at 500 mph, why must people be trapped in their seats for hours? … read more

January 6, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 85th Opportunities on the Prairie today, with positions at Silicon Prairie News (that's us!), Fusion Tree, FirstComp and Harvest Retail Marketing in … read more

3398_78fe00ae0c_small January 6, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Here are seven Silicon Prairie companies and entrepreneurs that earned mentioned on 2011 end-of-year lists: SelectOut, a site founded by University of Nebraska–Lincoln student Calvin Pappas, was named No. 1 on The Kim Komando Show's "Top 10 Cool Sites of 2011" list. Dwolla, the online cash transfer startup based in Des Moines, and Zaarly, a social commerce site co-founded by Kansas Citian Bo Fishback, earned recognition … read more

3396_5a2d0d4c0c_small January 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Shannon Thomas' pitch last March on the final night of Startup Weekend Des Moines wasn't quite enough to win over the judges — her startup, Fundle, earned best pitch didn't finish among the top three overall* — but it helped her catch the attention of the one person in the room who turned out to matter most of all. "She just totally rocked the pitch," Kenny Younger said of Thomas. "It was amazing. … read more

3397_77b01258da_small January 5, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

If you have 15 minutes to spare today, we ask that you take that time to provide us feedback on our content. As a reader – whether this is your first visit or Silicon Prairie News is in your daily digest – we want to know what you like, dislike, want more of or want less of. We also want to hear your suggestions for our stories, website and projects, such as the Silicon Prairie Map. In 2012, we're aiming to not only … read more

3395_e54ee00ff2_small January 4, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

In 2011, we did our best to keep a close eye on Silicon Prairie startups, covering entrepreneurs who dared to disrupt the established local marketplace, aimed to make the online shopping experience more social and dreamed of virtual town-halls that increased citizen participation. Among the startups we covered, there were a few in each city that popped up more and more for either hitting a milestone or progressing on their business model. These include Xuba, MindMixer and SkyVu Entertainment … read more

3394_5c50a4e6be_small January 3, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines We had a full house this week on PrairieCast with Lava Row's Nathan T. Wright and Startup City Des Moines' Tej Dhawan in studio and our own Danny Schreiber on Skype. We took a look back at both the top posts of 2011 as well as the most popular ones and gave our predictions on what will come to be in 2012. While you're watching the show, take a quick … read more

3363_ed72590065_small January 3, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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 … read more

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