Silicon Prairie News

3824_5955464b43_small March 20, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Business Innovation Zone in Des Moines, led by Mike Colwell, holds an educational luncheon for entrepreneurs in Central Iowa. Titled "Business Insights and Networking Luncheon Series," each event features a speaker from the Des Moines community with either expertise or thought leadership in an area that's applicable to people working on building high growth and scalable businesses. … read more

3810_f77410bc67_small March 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines BettrLife on Monday officially introduced its new health and wellness application to the world. The app, produced by a team based in Clive, Iowa, promotes wellness by focusing on what people put into their body. It aims to help users with tasks like grocery shopping, meal planning, meal logging and fitness, and its public beta is now available for free download in the App Store and the Android Market. BettrLife offers tools to help users with: Shopping lists: The app allows users to scan products into … read more

3785_58c4eaa90c_small March 20, 2012 by Amy Engle

Austin With South by Southwest Interactive one week behind us, we've compiled links to articles, blog posts, tweets, photos, audio and video that cover or mention Silicon Prairie-based entrepreneurs and startups that took part in the event. During the five-day festival in Austin, Texas, a number of individuals from the Silicon Prairie participated on panels, competed in the accelerator, attended the awards or threw a party. … read more

3784_174ffa529f_small March 19, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Earlier this month, we reported on Red Brain Inc., the University of Nebraska-Lincoln spinout company that recently introduced its first product, CrimeView NEARme. Last week, we sat down with Ian Cottingham, Red Brain’s president and co-founder, Kevin Farrell, Red Brain’s vice president and co-founder, and Alan Tomkins (left), the director of the University of Nebraska's Public Policy Center, to take a closer look at the startup. Silicon Prairie News: How did Red Brain get started? … read more

3777_d4003ec414_small March 19, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Austin Amid the rain and eventual shine at South By Southwest last week in Austin, Texas, Silicon Prairie News hosted a different kind of open bar. We tried something new this year to extend the networking, take a breather from the conference craze and provide our party attendees a unique experience with an edible spoon. We hosted the Silicon Prairie Cereal Bar on March 11, and more than 600 SXSW attendees joined us at Halcyon, a coffee shop just a few … read more

3816_56e7c13e1e_small March 19, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Dwolla founder and CEO Ben Milne will join three other executives in the payments industry at 11:30 a.m. CDT on stage at the London Web Summit. The 20-minute long panel is titled "Digital Moola - The Future of Money and its implications" and will be moderated by The Next Web's European editor, Robin Wauters. Also on stage will be John Lunn, director of innovation of PayPal, Jacob De Greer … read more

3807_0a23776cb1_small March 19, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in Tuesday at 2 p.m. for Episode 78 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines. We'll be joined by guests Sam Schill of Shoplr and the Sigler Companies and John Jackovin of BettrLife and Bawte. Discussion topics will include the big takeaways from SXSW and the Startup Act. Did you catch our last episode, featuring Iowa Economic … read more

3809_957ab0f738_small March 18, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

As we're in the middle of March Madness, this week's Sunday Video features one of the greatest pre-game speeches of all-time, Bo Schembechler's "The Team." Though it was delivered in preparation for a football game and neither for basketball nor business, Schembechler's pep talk stresses the importance of a team better than any CEO or best-selling author could … 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.