Silicon Prairie News

2287_81e3cdc614_small May 24, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Design+Tech, a new meetup group being put together by Amanda Morrow, will meet for the first time on June 1 at BitMethod (418 6th Ave, Suite 1210) in Des Moines. Morrow, an interface designer for the application development shop, sees the tech startup space as a large opportunity that local designers may not be aware of. "I'd been interested in designing … read more

2230_63b891c96f_small May 23, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln After two decades spent in Silicon Valley, Bob Hinrichs came home to Lincoln last summer, and he believes the city is ready to foster a flourishing tech scene of its own. "I lived through the 90s in California, and it was glorious," said Hinrichs, who works as the chief technology officer for two coastal companies: ISL Consulting, based in San Francisco, and Clear Metrics, based in New York City. "I'd like to do that again, and this time, this is where it's going to happen. "My companies, and I personally, are extremely interested in increasing our presence and activity in Lincoln. I'm in the process of getting to know people here, and we are looking into ways that we can do that." I visited with Bob in person and via email about his observations of the Silicon Prairie … read more

2034_518a6c4bfa_small May 23, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City Innovation is like hitting a grand slam in baseball. It changes the dynamics of the game, and though the innovator may get the credit for the swing, many players (scientists, engineers, investors, and academics) had to make it possible. KC Hub plans to help arrange a grand slam in Kansas City, engaging academics, innovators, entrepreneurs and others in efforts to cultivate Kansas City as an ecosystem for innovation. KC Hub got its start in 2009 when co-founders Aaron Sloup and Ryan Weber realized that Kansas City didn’t have a strong fabric that connected academia, innovators and businessmen. To form a cohesive community similar to Silicon Vally or North Carolina’s Research Triangle, KC Hub officially formed in the summer of 2010 … read more

2250_122fc57dd2_small May 23, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Omaha Since its inception in 2009, Big Omaha has been held at KANEKO, an "open space for open minds that nurtures and promotes creativity in the arts, sciences, and philosophy." In addition to the permanent and exhibiting art collections housed at KANEKO, Big Omaha invites a select group of artists to add a unique element to its conference with installations or exhibitions geared towards attendees. At this year’s event, Peerless’ Caleb Coppock, Daphne Eck … read more

2244_82dd25c13d_small May 23, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha The man is a Big Omaha institution — insomuch as a person can be considered an institution at an event that's less than half a decade old. Making his third appearance at Big Omaha in three years, Gary Vaynerchuk said the conference is a special one for him. "This event means a lot to me for a lot of reasons," he said at the start of his talk on May 12. "To watch this event grow has been exciting for me, and I really appreciate coming out here." He continued … read more

2284_c4339e2513_small May 20, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Editor's Note: With today's release of the Dear World: Omaha photos, we're also pleased to have the opportunity to share with you a letter from the startup's founder, Robert X. Fogarty.) Dear Silicon Prairie News Readers, Here is a secret that you may know. It's one that others now tell. Omaha is a fly to—not over—place. As a Nebraska native, I’m proud to announce Omaha, as the second Dear World city, and I am honored to kick it all off at Big Omaha 2011. read more

2272_2af3dcf09a_small May 20, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's PrairieCast Andy Brudtkuhl and I were joined by Danny Schreiber, Robert Murphy, Andy Stoll and Shane Reiser, who offered their reactions to last week's Big Omaha. Also, we're evolving PrairieCast and would love to have your input. Please fill out this quick, three-question survey … PrairieCast is a live podcast, recorded … read more

2279_94a18e3303_small May 20, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Whether they're sidestepping down a department store aisle, racing to a drug store or taking a virtual stroll online, few women see shopping for beauty products as a walk in the park. Nailing down the products that work best, from skin tone to hair texture, can be an arduous process to say the least. But, Julie Mahloch, founder and CEO of Xuba, said the process shouldn't be so hard, and what she has created … read more

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