Silicon Prairie News

3790_3b44f24b57_small March 14, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Austin 8:45 a.m. - It’s day four for the AgLocal team, and we’re already droppin ya’lls and agreeing that Austin is in fact awesomely weird (and uh yes, the locals would like to keep it that way). We’re up early to grab some provisions for a bbq we’re hosting at our Airbnb house. Local rancher Windfall Ranch, is providing natural beef for a cook-out tomorrow, so we need to load up on salsa, guacamole, hot sauce … read more

3789_fd095755b2_small March 14, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha For about a year now, Omaha ad agency Phenomblue employees have been seeing what they can do outside their daily tasks of digital advertising. "The agency elects a committee of three team members twice a year to solicit and select ideas and ultimately execute an experiential interactive project," said Joe Olsen, CEO of Phenomblue. Known as Signature Reserve, this committee gives team members … read more

3787_5ea8db78d1_small March 14, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park Automotive Technology Services (ATS), a company that develops mobile applications for the auto industry, announced this morning at the Kansas City Area Development Council’s board meeting that it will make its headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., bringing 26 jobs with it. The flagship product for ATS is AutoFlipr … read more

3786_d2112b91db_small March 14, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Lincoln Andrew Norman, editor-in-chief of Hear Nebraska, doesn't want the rest of the state to grow up like he did: knowing nothing about the plethora of music being created all over Nebraska. The small town of Imperial, Neb., had the Internet when he was growing up, "but not at my house," Norman (far left) said. "So I listened to what everyone else listened to. The music from the coasts." But with the help of friends, he got into punk rock, which evolved into discovering less mainstream music, which led to an … read more

3783_8b1b5d929f_small March 14, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Austin 11:00 a.m. - The day started a little later than usual (taxis!), but it began with a bang as we met with Phil, Manager of Emerging Tech for VaynerMedia (Gary Vaynerchuk's agency). The rest of the team took the divide and conquer approach, attacking sessions on the campus: an interview about "the tragedy of comments" with Nick Denton of Gawker Media; career lessons for non-designer, non-techs from Matt Van Horn of Path; and a talk on irrational … read more

3775_1e56f9cba7_small March 14, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Boulder Dundee Venture Capital, an Omaha-based firm founded by Hayneedle co-founder Mark Hasebroock, announced Thursday that it invested in TechStars founder David Cohen's new $28 million fund, Bullet Time Ventures II, a fund independent of the Boulder, Colo.-based startup accelerator. "While we normally focus on specific companies," Hasebroock said on Dundee VC's blog, "as a TechStars mentor and (limited partner) in this fund … read more

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

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