Silicon Prairie News

3781_e4302ec48e_small March 13, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Austin 12:30 a.m. - Hugs and handshakes with SPN team and Dwolla folks at the Startup Weekend/Twilio/Zaarly party... They finally got there! | 8 a.m. - Run and lift at hotel - gotta shake off last night and get some energy! | 9:30 a.m. - Finally pick up badge ... What does that say about value of official talks vs. hallway conversations at SXSW? | 11 a.m. - Session on 'Indoor Navigation' - GPS in closed space. Focus was on retail but possibilities endless. Phones already have the sensors, we just …  read more

3778_0b385d37c1_small March 12, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Austin 11:30 a.m. - Head to Austin Convention Center in style. Sister lives here and takes me by her cute Fiat convertible door-to-door where I need to go. Cool!? Except it's raining buckets here. Why did I leave 70 degrees in KC? | 12:40 p.m. - Fascinated by the characters everywhere. People in sumo outfits, light up blue hair … whatever it takes to grab already limited attention span of the tech/entrepreneur crowd. Wowie. …  read more

3776_1567dd874e_small March 12, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City What was it about RareWire in general and the community manager position in particular that compelled you to make the jump to RareWire back in October? | Ian Cahill: I had the rare (pun intended) opportunity to not only make a career move into something that I have always been passionate about, community and social media, but I was given a chance to work with my friends on something that was still in its infancy. RareWire has a chance to grow by leaps and bounds and I am happy to be on the ground floor. I am constantly impressed not only by our technology, but the amazing talent that I work with on a daily basis. I am really lucky. | SPN: You've expressed excitement over the impending … read more

3763_926e0b51d9_small March 12, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Austin What already figured to be a whirlwind week at South By Southwest Interactive got a little bit busier for AgLocal just days before SXSW, when the Overland Park, Kan.-based startup was invited to participate in A Celebration of Ameican Startups, Not that the team from AgLocal, a marketplace that connects independent farmers and producers to local businesses and consumers, was complaining about its packed schedule. … read more

3772_203c46310e_small March 11, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Austin 4:45 a.m. - Wake up. This is one of those rare trips where I am flying out of Lincoln, so wake up is only 1 hr. 15 min. before my flight. | 7 - 9 a.m. - Layover in Minneapolis. Nothing like heading north before you fly south, but I've gotten used to the routine. Last year, I flew over 130K miles on Delta Airlines. The airport is buzzing this morning – every Austin flight is booked tight … read more

3765_97f372e2b9_small March 10, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

Austin South By Southwest Interactive might be a little soggy, but our cereal's dry. Stop by Halycon (218 W. 4th St.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday for your breakfast bowl at the Silicon Prairie Cereal Bar. With the help of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Silicon Prairie News will serve up the best of the breakfast world at Halcyon, a local coffee shop just few blocks from the convention center. Take this morning opportunity to network and recover from the party haze and panel craze. Look for noted … read more

3771_0cb773ed96_small March 10, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Day 3 of StartupBus was a lesson in endurance. Many of us started the morning after logging just slightly more than four hours of sleep for the week. We gathered our gear and loaded the bus for our final leg into San Antonio/Austin. Today would be the day that the world would get to know GetWished is Gifting Re-imagined. | 9:15 a.m. - Depart a Super 8 somewhere in west Texas — we … read more

3770_9388d66af7_small March 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Austin Last year around this time, I felt an awful lot like Kevin McCallister. When South By Southwest Interactive rolled around, my fate mirrored that of the precocious protagonist from "Home Alone." Silicon Prairie News team leaves town. Michael stays in town. Michael is home alone. And, once the novelty of using dad's aftershave and eating ice cream … read more

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