Silicon Prairie News

3932_033595a502_small April 6, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. Amazing day yesterday. Leap2 was one of 10 startups from across America that were invited to be a part of the signing of the JOBS Act. During my day, I walked to the White House with the CEO of the Startup America Partnership, Scott Case, and it was during my walk that Scott and I talked about the Act and what it potentially meant for America. To that end, I let him know that I spent several years in D.C. 16 years ago, and at that time I left feeling … read more

3929_1cba71514f_small April 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Silicon Prairie News: You've worn a couple different hats during your tenure at UP. What do you enjoy most about your latest gig, as a front end architect? | Zach Leatherman: I love building stuff. It's the process of creation that gets me up in the morning. But what's the point of building something in a vacuum? It's far more satisfying to have an impact, to create something that will be used by others. Union Pacific creates an opportunity to make an impact every day with software that's used by their 40,000-plus employees. | SPN: From the looks of things, you're tinkering with several fun side projects. What's your elevator pitch for the latest and greatest of those? … read more

3923_baabac61a6_small April 6, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City Two days of talks, discussions and panels on technology's influence are filling an energized corner of Kansas City, Mo. this week. The Forum, a tech and culture conference held in conjunction with the music-focused Middle of the Map Fest, ran all day Thursday and continues today at OfficePort (a coworking facility we covered earlier this year), StagePort (left) and Screenland in the Crossroads District. On Thursday, forum attendees heard … read more

3926_526bfc68ca_small April 6, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (This is a guest post by Calvin Pappas.) Following up Dusty Davidson's great article on goal setting will be no easy task, but coincidentally by writing this I'm taking a step in the right direction for one of my goals to write more. Looking back on what process I go through to set and achieve goals has really helped me better understand what it is that makes early stage startups tick. For me it comes down to setting goals that people would call me crazy for, but then creating bite-sized and focused to-do items to tackle them. When I was starting SelectOut … read more

3925_f958ad18f1_small April 5, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Hatchlings, a Facebook game billed as "the world's largest virtual Easter Egg hunt," published a blog post today detailing its attempts to collect on revenue from its disabled Google AdSense account. "After trying to go through the 'proper channels' for almost a year now it's time to share this story of how Google screwed over our startup with the world," Brad Dwyer, the company's co-founder and CEO, wrote. … read more

3924_92b03148ff_small April 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

StartupIowa is ready to usher in the open data movement in Iowa. The organization today announced the inaugural OpenIowa competition, which will be held April 27-29. … read more

3919_fb2eb33f72_small April 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Silicon Prairie News: What was it about the opportunity at LiveOn that enticed you to make the move there a year ago? | Ben Kittrell: They said they were looking for someone with strong development and entrepreneurial experience that was ready to lead a team of developers, but not seasoned "Manager." That's exactly where I was at that time. On top of that I was inspired by the concept behind LiveOn and the CEO's vision. I've been asked to help with a lot of different projects, and this was the first time I instantly thought "Yes, this is going to be huge." | SPN: Fresh off a trip to SXSW, where LiveOn was up against the likes of Google and IBM for the Interactive Award for technical achievement, what do you think the experience and exposure … read more

3921_d7210b8521_small April 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Steven VanRoekel, the United States' new Chief Information Officer, made the rounds at his old stomping grounds on Monday. VanRoekel, who grew up in Cherokee, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University, returned to his alma mater to give a talk and also visited StartupCity Des Moines, a downtown technology startup incubator, during a visit to central Iowa. Just the second person to hold the position of U.S. CIO, VanRoekel took over the post in August after stints with the U.S. … read more

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