Silicon Prairie News

3448_12e7bd2410_small January 27, 2012 by Geoff Wood

We're nearly to the end of the first month of 2012, can you believe it? At Silicon Prairie News, we've targeted this year to be a big one and we couldn't do it without the help of a tremendous group of sponsors. The following organizations are supporting our online content this month: BrownWinick is a Des Moines-based law firm serving the whole region. Attorney Drew Larson leads their Startups Start … read more

January 27, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 88th Opportunities on the Prairie today, with positions at Sleight Advertising, Fusion Tree and Xuba in Omaha; Don't Panic Labs in Lincoln … read more

3521_04aa0973f2_small January 27, 2012 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 coverage, please contact … read more

3525_f11c69bce0_small January 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park As he embarked on his presentation, the last of 10 given Thursday at Pipeline's Innovator of The Year pitch session at the Overland Park (Kan.) Convention Center, Michael O'Shaughnessy cracked wise about the disparate nature of his company, a marketplace for selling transferable tax credits, and the company that had presented just … read more

3526_8718b916bb_small January 26, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln It's a problem faced by many successful startups: running out of room for a growing staff. Last week, the Des Moines Register reported a major expansion underway for an Iowa startup planning to hire 23 developers. This week, the Lincoln Journal Star has a story on the plans of MacPractice, the maker of Mac software for doctors (founded in 2004), which includes a major construction project in the works. Patrick Clyne, co-founder of MacPractice, told the Journal Star that his company … read more

3512_0e3a2a502b_small January 26, 2012 by Michael Quinlan

Omaha Artifact Bag Co. and its founder Chris Hughes are a unique up-and-coming prairie company – a refreshingly old-school startup in a technical community. Hughes makes bags. Great bags. One in particular, the No. 215 Lunch Tote (below), has earned attention from popular tech blogs to established media outlets. "It's a simple, elegant design," the New York Times wrote. Using American-sourced waxed … read more

3516_41040b9081_small January 26, 2012 by John T. Meyer

We're likely all familiar with the adage that business is all about relationships. As our world becomes flat and more connected, I think this adage rings true more than ever. But managing and organizing these relationships can be the most difficult task in business. How do we stay in touch with everyone? How do we remember … read more

3514_73df2736e7_small January 26, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park When I first met Joni Cobb last April, it didn't take long for me to discern that she was an extremely energetic CEO. In describing Pipeline, the entrepreneurship immersion program that had just received an $800,000 challenge grant … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.