Silicon Prairie News

3226_d09e93a68a_small November 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha When Ryan Downs came on board as president of Proxibid in August 2010, Downs, an Omaha native and veteran of eBay and PayPal, expressed considerable excitement over his new gig. "This is a really rare opportunity to be involved in a disruptive Web company that's growing like crazy, that is relentlessly focused on the customer, focused on culture," … read more

3221_da7a0d1416_small November 28, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Steven Chau, a familiar face in the region's startup community and a regular name in the "organizer" column of Kansas City events, begins a new career today with Startup Weekend, the Seattle-based nonprofit behind the 54-hour event hosted around the word. Chau joins Startup Weekend as a software engineer and will focus on developing a technical infrastructure and tool set for its website. Previously, Chau was a web developer at CremaLab, a Kansas City web development firm … read more

3223_1aa6d79328_small November 28, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week on PrairieCast will feature the return of Charming Beard's Sam DuRegger and the second straight week of Startup City's Tej Dhawan. Join us live at 2 p.m. to participate in the show. We'll be talking about what's next for Des Moines' tech corridor, Michael Arrington's thoughts on the whiners in Silicon Valley, the latest internet censorship debate and more. … read more

3219_094a80673b_small November 28, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Every Monday, look for our events post to keep you in the loop on the happenings of the week. From meetups and conferences to workshops and pitch sessions, if it's happening in the Silicon Prairie, you'll find it here. … read more

3220_cc2088d7d2_small November 28, 2011 by Guest Contributor

As we watched the highly-anticipated Iowa-Nebraska and Kansas-Missouri football games this past weekend, it was evident that the Silicon Prairie is passionate about friendly state-vs-state rivalries. In the same spirit of neighborly competition, we have an update on the Scott Case Challenge to the Silicon Prairie as we wrote about a few weeks ago. … read more

3218_acc3cf47da_small November 27, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Lately, we've been regularly asked, "How do I get my startup covered by the media?" When asked, it isn't only directed at our coverage; individuals are looking for advice on how to get attention from many, whether its traditional media, such as the Des Moines Register, tech blogs, such as TechCrunch, or other niche outlets, such as political blogs. … read more

3211_9a01a5cea7_small November 25, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (The following is a guest post by Chris Draper of Meidh Corporation) The newly minted "Silicon Sixth Avenue" is exactly what our city, county and state have been clamouring for: a high density of young, technology enabled risk takers. With nationally renowned start-ups bookending a Silicon Valley-style incubator, this new technology corridor is … read more

3207_750b9acace_small November 25, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Although the title of this post includes the words "Black" and "Friday," no ear-splitting descriptions of "partyin' partyin'... YEAH!" are contained herein. As far as we're concerned, the only thing that's "gotta get down" today is the price of merchandise. Yes, it's Black Friday, the day that drives droves of day deal-crazed shoppers to stores — of the brick and mortar and online varieties — in search of the season's best bargains. … read more

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