Silicon Prairie News

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

March 17, 2012 by Dusty Davidson

Every day I comb through my Google Reader reading sites like Hacker News and others, and star articles that are especially interesting about startups, entrepreneurship and miscellany. read more

3793_01890fbcdf_small March 16, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City It's been less than two months since Ryan Weber took the helm of KCnext - The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, and the agenda is full. KCnext aims to promote the area's tech sector by supporting its community and the tech industry as a whole through publicity, education and building employment opportunities. As we reported earlier this year, Weber took over in mid-January as the first president of the newly-formed organization, which is a fusion of the Software and Information Technology Association of Kansas (SITAKS) and a previous iteration of KCnext. Since then, Weber has focused on eliciting feedback from his members and planning events. … read more

The polls are open!

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.