Silicon Prairie News

2782_8882fa7400_small August 30, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha We'd like to officially welcome our former intern, Brittany Mascio, to the Silicon Prairie News full-time staff. Brittany will be coming on board as an event coordinator and content contributor, a position she has shown she's more than ready for through her stellar work with Big Omaha and past content contributions. In fact, just yesterday she hit the milestone of 100 posts published. With the addition of Brittany …  read more

2780_296377c34b_small August 30, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in today at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 53 of PrairieCast, streaming live from the Silicon Prairie News offices in Des Moines. We'll be joined by guests Justin Schoen of eComegy and SPN intern Brittany Mascio. Topics will include last week's Dwolla meetup, coworking across the region and the Hudl presentation at Cornstalks. PrairieCast is a live podcast, recorded weekly, that features round table-style discussion of the top issues in startup culture … read more

2781_be36059684_small August 30, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Ames For attorneys at the heart of mergers and acquisitions or other financing transactions, paper is plentiful and tends to pile up in a hurry — hundreds of documents over the course of a deal, hundreds more emails per day in the run-up to closing. Finalize It is a cloud-based software service that aims to turn that potential mountain of documents into a more manageable molehill. Finalize It is one of seven entries in the Dream Big Des Moines contest, which seeks the top tech-based business ideas … read more

2773_04dfd44e4e_small August 29, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines 'Location, location, location' is a common mantra in the real estate industry. Now with the idea for Real Estate Fan Pages, realtors can live up to the phrase, find potential home-buyers and end the hunt in house-hunting with one online location: Facebook. Real Estate Fan Pages is one of seven entries in the Dream Big Des Moines contest, which seeks the top tech-based business ideas in central Iowa. The top vote-getter in an … read more

2779_b47d8999cd_small August 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Ankeny Already well-acquainted with the App Store? Well, now get to know the TapStore. Seeking to sidestep the hassles of creating native mobile apps for each of the different mobile platforms, SquareTap, also dubbed "the TapStore," provides a custom home page for a smart phone’s web browser, giving users a customized, central source for their favorite mobile apps and a directory of the best mobile destinations from around the web. "I think mobile devices are becoming more diverse," … read more

2776_38794c7000_small August 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha On the eve of kicking off the football season that will be his company's biggest yet, Hudl COO John Wirtz presented at Cornstalks on Thursday night, sharing some pages from a playbook that's helped Hudl build its field's top-ranked team over the last five years. Hudl, based in Lincoln, makes web-based analysis and coaching tools for sports teams. Established by Wirtz, David Graff and Brian Kaiser when they were MBA students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006, Hudl became the largest player … read more

2771_4da973dcfc_small August 26, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Jeff and Brittany took the reins and talked about the rains — and Hurricane Irene, and a bevy of other weather-related subjects — today on the 102nd episode of the Weekly Wrap-Up. Jeff, who shall henceforth be known as our chief meteorologist/community builder was, as always, abuzz about the latest in atmospheric activity and gave his customary Jim Flowers shout-out. Which begs the question: Jim, what's it going to take to get you to do a guest spot on our weekly broadcast? As far as we know … read more

2756_84c9277e87_small August 26, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Networking, if you ask Mike Templeton, is a dirty word. "For me it generally means standing in a room full of crowded people, blindly introducing myself and my line of work to utter strangers," Templeton, the founder of Introvio, said of networking in a recent blog post. "There are no warnings about people you should avoid, nor are there signals to point out the best people to meet." But with Introvio … read more

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