Silicon Prairie News

3832_7ac745c4fa_small March 22, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week on PrairieCast, Sam Schill of Shoplr and Sigler Companies and John Jackovin of BettrLife and Bawte joined us to look back at South by Southwest Interactive and to discuss the Startup Act. This week's Fast Four covered DoodleCloud’s Kickstarter campaign, Dundee VC’s investment in David Cohen’s new fund, AgLocal's challenge to live up … read more

3834_c856af492d_small March 21, 2012 by Amy Engle

Council Bluffs A recent story in The Daily Nonpareil points out Thomas Jefferson High School sophomore Anthony Rea is not your average 16-year-old. While most teens are pushing their parents for a later curfew or asking for a car, Rea was figuring out how to make his school lunch menu and activity announcements more accessible through the creation of a web app. The app, TJHS Daily, can be found in the Google Web Store as a free Google Chrome extension. Students, teachers and … read more

3833_201a3f696a_small March 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Menlo Park At a time of year when winter-weary travelers flock to sun-splashed beaches for spring break, 10 Midwestern startups are embarking on a coastal excursion of their own. But there won't be much of a "break" involved in this spring trip. Think Big Partners, the Kansas City … read more

3835_b12abb6dd8_small March 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Ames What inspired you to start Resimplify? Derek Jensen: Designing is creating around reasoning, but the practice of web and app design has gained too much focus. In what I found as a problem when thinking about design lies my inspiration. I respected sites like A List Apart, Smashing Magazine and Six Revisions, but they all focus on web design. I wanted to focus on the core aspects of any design, which would be the concept or idea of advertising, identity and user experience. I was inspired by the ignorance of core design … read more

3828_b11d919d34_small March 21, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski & Brittany Mascio

Omaha Big Omaha 2012 tickets are now on sale! We kick off today with the opportunity to purchase a new season pass, guaranteeing the purchaser a ticket to both of our premier events, Big Omaha 2012 and Thinc Iowa 2012. On Friday, we'll open up sales of individual Big Omaha 2012 tickets. At the Silicon Prairie News offices, this is a day we look forward to … read more

3769_3d68c718ef_small March 21, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has a group of programs under its FastTrac initiative that is all … read more

3797_eab012f9b1_small March 21, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha It's with great excitement that we share our newest addition to the Silicon Prairie News team, Kim Foster! Kim comes to us with several years of experience in a business development capacity, most recently working with the AIM Institute. We are thrilled to have Kim's deep customer relationships and sales skills as we continue building the organization over the next several months and beyond. She will be focused closely on the sales side of our organization, as well as working to develop new relationships and partnerships within the region. Please take a moment to help us welcome Kim to … read more

3795_a09b45b99d_small March 20, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Fridays, 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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