Silicon Prairie News

2310_a70a4bb3dc_small June 2, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha "7 a.m. waking up in the morning" is not just a catchy line from the internet meme Rebecca Black, it just so happened to be the exact time volunteers woke up and started Day 2 of Big Omaha. Pictured left, volunteer Shawna Soltis prepares breakfast for more than 600 attendees who would soon flood the gates of KANEKO. Below are a few of the best from our collection from Thursday, May 12 … read more

2332_4850d3276e_small June 2, 2011 by Guest Contributor

(This is a gust post by Greg Meyer of Gist.) If you're in the business of building a community, part of the strategy probably sounds like this: "go to [anchor city] and [another anchor city]. Have a meetup and get to know our users there. Then, we'll be able to depend upon them to spread the word, just like in Kevin Kelly's 1000 True Fans article." The reality, as you probably know, is a bit different. Getting the Word Out: As part of our effort to launch Gist, we talked to hundreds of people in … read more

2333_7bc0b173c1_small June 1, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha As we near the fourth week since Big Omaha came to a close, I've been thinking of a lot of things over the past few weeks. As a community, we were collectively a part of creating something great this year, and I believe it's more than an emotion. The desire to create, innovate and build something exceptional is present in all of us. One of the things we at Silicon Prairie News would like to hear is how you've taken what you've learned and experienced at Big Omaha … read more

2300_1068ce4b12_small June 1, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Some say a picture is worth a thousand words, and they may very well be correct. As we continue to reminisce about this year's Big Omaha, we find ourselves saying the same. With each of the photos taken by Malone & Company, it's hard not to share your reflections and experiences from the conference. We've put together a spread of photos to take us through each day of the conference, providing … read more

2331_ffc85140bb_small June 1, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's PrairieCast Andy Brudtkuhl and I were joined by guests Brad Dwyer, founder of Hatchlings, and John T. Meyer, co-founder of 9 Clouds and Silicon Prairie News contributor based in Sioux Falls. Also, PrairieCast is now recorded in a green screen studio which lets us place any image behind us – if you have something you'd like to replace … read more

2302_12fd6212e8_small May 31, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Published every Tuesday, 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 … read more

2326_22064f361b_small May 31, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Startup Open, a competition that recognizes startups with high-growth potential, has launched its search for the 50 most promising new startups around the world, to be announced in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011. The "GEW 50" will be announced on Oct. 15, with those companies subsequently competing for the top honors and prizes. Kansas City's Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation founded …  read more

2325_06256af65d_small May 31, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 40 of PrairieCast. We'll be joined by guests Brad Dwyer, founder of Hatchlings and John T. Meyer, co-founder of 9 Clouds and Sioux Falls contributor to Silicon Prairie News. PrairieCast is a live podcast, recorded weekly, that features round table-style discussion of the top issues in startup … read more

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