Silicon Prairie News

3237_e9d3b0aadd_small November 30, 2011 by Amy Oline

Des Moines A recent KPMG International survey of 900 companies found that four out of five companies have adopted or plan to adopt cloud computing. Companies cited economic factors, improved … read more

3234_62d0263430_small November 30, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln This post might fit better under a series titled Wednesday Queasy than our new occasional series Wednesday Whimsy. Archrival, a Lincoln-based youth marketing firm, has a knack for stregthening brands, building buzz and churning out award-winning designs. Now, it can add creating suspense to that list, as well. In a video posted on Friday, Archrival … read more

3233_3f58db643c_small November 29, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Not one, not two, but three guests on this week's PrairieCast. When he heard that the "stop online piracy act" (SOPA) was on our discussion list for the week, BrownWinick's Drew Larson couldn't wait to drop his knowledge of the subject on our audience. Actually, that's not true. After learning that Larson was planning a seminar to address the topic … read more

3232_c22f904282_small November 29, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Next time you visit a casino remember this: they're watching, they're watching very closely, and now, thanks to software from an Omaha company, 21CSi, they're analyzing data about players in real-time – betting histories, street addresses, relationships to casino employees, it's all in their system. National Geographic Channel's Casino Wars … read more

3229_d3aa6a74f6_small November 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Lawrence If you think sounds similar to other ecommerce sites you've seen, Tony Schmidt suggests you to think again. Schmidt, the CEO of Lawrence, Kan.-based CoolProducts, is very clear about what he believes distinguishes his website from the competition. "We do not analyze your click stream to provide 'people like you bought … read more

3210_0440b77462_small November 29, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Thursdays, Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email And if you have suggestions on how we could improve these posts or any of our … read more

3230_7471fbdb30_small November 29, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us at 2 p.m. today for Episode 64 of PrairieCast streaming live from our offices in downtown Des Moines. Our in-studio guests are Sam DuRegger (far left) of Charming Beard Productions and Tej Dhawan of Startup City Des Moines (photos by Anna Jones/Ikonix via Discussion topics include what's next for Silicon Sixth, this weekend's Barcamp Des Moines, the current internet … read more

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

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