Silicon Prairie News

3097_33f9916934_small November 1, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines We wrapped up the first Thinc Iowa conference more than one week ago, and now we have the complete photo set to share. A few of the best taken from the Oct. 21 event are posted below, and a big thank you goes to Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio for documenting all the inaugural festivities. To view more photos, including the pictures from T8 Webware's opening party, the conference itself, Quova's Happy Hour and … read more

3101_4ba9419231_small November 1, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

What is Prairie Moves? – 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 … read more

3119_951213bc81_small November 1, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. for the long-awaited Episode 60 of PrairieCast, streaming live from Des Moines. We've been off two weeks for Thinc Iowa, and we're raring to go with our good friends Nathan T. Wright of Lava Row (left) and Jordan Lampe of Dwolla (photos by Anna Jones/Ikonix via On the agenda today is favorite memoriess of Thinc Iowa, Hudl's big milestone and all this business about Silicon Sixth Avenue. Did you miss our last show? … read more

3091_d63db1bc91_small November 1, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Pumpkins, prairie dogs, Power Rangers, oh my! Here's the rundown of Halloween hijinks in startups and agencies in the Silicon Prairie (which unfortunately didn't contain any Power Rangers). – Bozell, an Omaha-based integrated marketing agency, created the Zombie Preparedness Center for its client, Westlake Ace Hardware. This one is listed first because it's also the most newsworthy and it's more … read more

3114_50979adcce_small October 31, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines What better way to start off this week than to thank a tremendous group of sponsors who put their financial support behind Thinc Iowa. In addition to the four biggest sponsors, the Principal Financial Group, Quova, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Microsoft BizSpark, this group of organizations have been so great to work with and we're thankful for their support. … read more

3112_121e803da6_small October 31, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The ninth speaker in our Video Series is Douglas Olson, who is a partner director of development for Microsoft Expression Studio, Microsoft's suite of creative and design applications. Olson, who has worked nearly two decades in the startup world to complement his time working for a corporation at Microsoft, shared vignettes from his experiences … read more

3111_97af468ba7_small October 31, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Since Sojern brought him on board in April as its new CEO, Mark Rabe has been a man on the move. Rabe oversees Sojern, an Omaha-based travel advertising and data company, from an office in San Francisco, but he jokes that his travel schedule makes it feel like his "office is seat 10B" on an airplane. Earlier this month, shortly after Sojern unveiled its boarding Pass and just before the company announced the appointment of two new vice presidents, Rabe took time out of his travel-heavy schedule to visit with Silicon Prairie News. At the six-month mark of his tenure … read more

3109_eefd9522a4_small October 31, 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 on the Prairie, you'll find it here. – Left: At the Pandora Radio and the Music Genome Project on Tuesday, Dr. Nolan Gasser, the Chief Musicologist Emeritus of Pandora Radio and Architect of the Music Genome Project, will discuss the Pandora experience and how musicology and science combine to influence our love of music. … read more

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Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.