Silicon Prairie News

2995_754b33749f_small March 1, 2012 by Willis Jackson

Overland Park While starting a successful company usually requires exceptional effort, a founder sometimes is able to transcend what is normal even for hardworking entrepreneurs. Brian Gruber (left) has built Lucky Orange by himself, integrating a variety of technologies and lessons from his background into a comprehensive web marketing and analytics package. In doing so, he has managed to position the product at a price … read more

3716_c04dc9ed59_small March 1, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

San Francisco Wednesday morning, we broke news that Omaha startup closed a $5.4m Series A round led by Capricorn Investment Group, an investment arm of eBay founding president Jeff Skoll and other entities. Capricorn's co-founder and chief information officer is Stephen George, a native Nebraskan … read more

3714_c2567523f4_small March 1, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Another day, another report of paperwork that could shed light on Google's plans for its Fiber network in Kansas City. FierceCable on Monday reported it had unearthed a patent application that indicates Google has developed a fiber deployment method and device that could allow the company to connect homes to its ultra high-speed network in Kansas City without digging trenches in the yards of subscribers. That news comes on the heels of reports that Google … read more

3713_36829e1dd8_small February 29, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Citing unnamed sources, Business Insider today reported that Iowa native and Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher participated in Dwolla's $5 million Series B round that the startup announced earlier this month. "Sources tell us Ashton Kutcher, an Iowa native, is the mystery investor," Insider's Alyson Shontell, who also covered Dwolla's Series B, wrote. When reached by phone this evening, Dwolla's director of communications, Jordan … read more

3712_0ffd7e05ed_small February 29, 2012 by Michael Stacy

West Des Moines Silicon Prairie News: Your new startup, ToMyFace, allows businesses to collect and analyze targeted feedback during and immediately after their interaction with customers. How have your experiences on either side of that business-customer relationship contributed to the formation of ToMyFace? | Sayer Martin: The idea was sparked when I spoke to an investment group a few months back. It was the first time I’d talked on that particular topic and wanted to get good feedback. I asked a couple attendees afterward, but was unable to reach everyone and didn’t have the contact information necessary to send a survey. I also realized that these folks weren’t likely to say "to my face" their unfettered opinion in that forum anyway. The problem … read more

3701_ac3c9d527b_small February 29, 2012 by Amy Engle

La Vista Christian Renaud, co-founder of the technology startup incubator StartupCity Des Moines, kicked off the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Summit Friday as the morning keynote speaker. Renaud focused on the idea of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem, telling attendees, “You not only own your own future, your own entrepreneurial endeavors, but as part of this ecosystem, part of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem, you own the development of that as well.” …  read more

3707_dd2e0b363f_small February 29, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's episode, Tej Dhawan of Startup City Des Moines and Andrew Kirpalani of Ensighten joined me to discuss the upcoming Startup Weekend in Des Moines and the Startup Visa legislation currently in Congress and Iowa Senator Grassley's role in the process. This week on the Fast Four it was @DHH gone racing, the Big Omaha teaser website launch …  read more

3703_4460928069_small February 29, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Xuba, the Omaha-based social commerce startup behind social beauty store and network, closed a $5.4 million Series A round, the company's co-founder and CEO Julie Mahloch (above) confirmed in an interview on Monday. Capricorn Investment Group led the round with a $5 million investment. Capricorn, which is the investment arm of eBay founding president Jeff Skoll and other entities, will soon open an Omaha office under … read more

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