Silicon Prairie News

3257_b739bde756_small December 6, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Des Moines The team at Silicon Prairie News would like to extend a gracious thank you to Quova, a Mountain View, Cal.-based company that sponsored our two premiere events, Thinc Iowa and Big Omaha. Founded in 2000, Quova helps businesses of all sizes optimize geolocation based data. Quova's services and information is used by some of the leading search engine providers … read more

3267_f92aec7764_small December 6, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City "The entrepreneurial spirit in Kansas City," says one of the video's narrators, "is stronger than the lines that separate us." That narrator, Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James, is referring to the state boarder separating the Missouri and Kansas sides of Kansas City. And though the state line has served as a point of contention for the two cities in the past, these two mayors, as Mayor James said in … read more

3266_92ef35b4a0_small December 6, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City The Gigabit Challenge, a competition being hosted by Think Big Partners to celebrate the arrival of Google's one-gigabit fiber network in Kansas City, announced its 39 semi-finalists today chosen from a field of 113 submissions. … read more

3265_7337803ec7_small December 5, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha According to an Omaha World-Herald article on Sunday, since LinkedIn became publicly traded in May, a number of employees at its Omaha office have benefited from the move. World-Hearld reporter Ross Boettcher writes: "And as it turns out, LinkedIn's user base wasn't the only thing that grew into the millions. After the company became publicly traded, a number of Omaha-based LinkedIn employees — estimated to be about 10 — instantly became … read more

3254_424cb79533_small December 5, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tikly's Emma Peterson and Charming Beard Production's Sam DuRegger join us live tomorrow for Episode 65 of PrairieCast. This week we also welcome a new sponsor to the show: Delta Dental of Iowa. Delta Dental recently kicked off a new focus on providing to entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the state. Thanks Delta Dental of Iowa for your support of Silicon Prairie News and entrepreneurs in Iowa! You can always watch the archive of last week's show here: "PrairieCast …  read more

3262_db928bfd0b_small December 5, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Since word first leaked about a biography being written about Steve Jobs, I was interested in reading it. As a fan of Apple,* and having been inspired by Steve Jobs in a variety of ways, I looked forward to Walter Isaacson's thorough take on Steve. When Steve passed away in October, the book's release was pushed up, to October 24, to leverage the interest in him. A number of friends and people … read more

3261_537f823637_small December 5, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Once again, Barcamp Des Moines took over the Des Moines Central Public Library on Saturday for the 2011 iteration of the event. More than 80 participants converged in the meeting room suite for presentations from 18 speakers in three tracks: Technology, Creative and Entrepreneurship. The event was bookended by a social the evening … read more

3260_f623aed037_small December 5, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines We're excited to announce that Delta Dental of Iowa has come on board as a sponsor of PrairieCast, our weekly discussion podcast that covers current topics related to entrepreneurship in Iowa and around the Silicon Prairie. Delta Dental has been a trusted name in oral health for over 50 years … read more

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