Silicon Prairie News

3666_7491bbf909_small February 21, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Big Omaha is less than three months away, and some fun things are in the works. First up is a new brand and identity (sneak peek, left) from our friends at Oxide Design, our fantastic design partner since the event's inaugural year. Stay tuned to Silicon Prairie News for the Big Omaha website launch announcement this week, which will be accompanied by details about schedule, venues (we'll be back at KANEKO!), hotels and the date tickets will go on sale. Remember, last year Big Omaha sold out in one week so make sure to save the date! Also this week, we'll be unveiling our new promo video directed and produced by the folks at Malone & Company … read more

3665_f6ad8457f4_small February 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha PeggyBank has closed a $500,000 Series A round, company founder and CEO Jim Simon said in a phone interview. Although Simon declined to divulge specifics about the first outside funding his startup has taken … read more

3663_7c5e725412_small February 21, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. for Episode 75 of PrairieCast streaming live from the Silicon Prairie News office in downtown Des Moines. We'll be joined by guests Jimmy Winter of VoterTide and Chris Burns. This week we'll talk with Winter about VoterTide's recent news as well as look into the Silicon Prairie companies that … read more

3652_2c403e67ba_small February 21, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Published Tuesdays and Fridays, 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 coverage, please contact …  read more

3662_57dba76b3b_small February 21, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha MeNetwork, a Boulder, Colo.-based mobile marketing platform, recently raised a second angel round of about $500k, a "similar range" to its first round one year ago, the startup's CEO, Mike Corbisiero, said in a phone interview on Friday. Though MeNetwork's headquarters aren't in Omaha, one of its co-founders, Craig Paige, and two of its board members, Paige and TreeTop Ventures partner William Fisher, reside in the city. TreeTop, a startup services firm … read more

3660_392feb7a2c_small February 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The 54-hour crash course in launching a high-growth business is set to hit Des Moines again next month. Startup Weekend Des Moines is returning for a fourth go-round March 2-4 at StartupCity Des Moines (313 6th Avenue). During the event, teams devote a weekend to building a web or mobile application that could form the basis of a credible business. … read more

3658_6baa11c5a8_small February 20, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln Two members of Lincoln's tech scene in early February launched a "grand experiment" they call The Big Plate, an exclusive membership community for entrepreneurs, artists and innovators. Co-founded by Brian Ardinger, the chief marketing officer at Nanonation, and Todd Long, a vice president at Kidwell, The Big Plate is described by Ardinger as a project designed to leverage the duo's experiences and entrepreneurial passions to create a platform for startups to connect and collaborate … read more

3657_58ca79ff86_small February 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Ames Silicon Prairie News: Involved with as many startups as you are, how do you divide your time between them all? What's your startup schedule like for a typical week? | Grant Awes: Dividing up time between them all can definitely be difficult, but I focus on which have the biggest initiatives coming up the soonest. My startup schedule mainly relies on when I have exams and large projects due. If I have a test or project during the week, I usually work on startup to-do's one day on the weekend. If I don't have any exams or big projects during the week I usually just focus on startup to-do's evenly … read more

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