Silicon Prairie News

2303_dacb4c8a6a_small May 26, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Altoona The Technology Association of Iowa will be holding its second annual Heartland Greenup next Thursday, June 2, at the Meadows Events Center (1 Prairie Meadows Drive) in Altoona. Billed as an "opportunity for executives, technologists, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders to converge and discuss new clean technologies and their implications for improving business and bottom-lines," the event will … read more

2259_ce2a4be053_small May 26, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha From year to year, the surge of conversation that follows Big Omaha springboards inspiration and action beyond the lanyard wearing and Red Bull drinking times of the conference. Nearly two weeks has passed since this year's Big Omaha and as we debrief, we're excited to perpetuate the conversation once again and hear what the energy of the conference has generated. Our attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers rallied … read more

2308_ee506fa356_small May 26, 2011 by Geoff Wood

New York City One of the 29 startups to launch this week at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City has a direct tie to the Silicon Prairie: Kohort. Des Moines' Shane Reiser, also the COO of Startup Weekend, has joined the Kohort team at Director of Business Development. Reiser is the only non-New Yorker involved in Kohort. Kohort, which raised a $3 million seed round, had not disclosed anything about its product or business prior to yesterday's launch. From the stage, Kohort's CEO and co-founder, Mark Peter Davis … read more

2313_cde4c0b90a_small May 26, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha An ill-timed bout with illness couldn’t stop the Omaha-based team from Ninth Division from delivering the Big Omaha iPhone and iPad apps this year. And if Ninth Division’s Andy Peters and Hasani Hunter they have their way, not much should stop them from continuing to churn out Big Omaha apps for the foreseeable future. "We hope to do them," Peters said of the apps, "until there’s no more Big … read more

2311_2fa843cbb8_small May 25, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

This coming month's issue of Wired Magazine, which hit newsstands earlier this week, features a cover story, Smart Jobs," that should be of high interest to our readers for a few reasons. First, the article takes a statistical look at something we're dedicated to covering. "Work is out there," page 134 states. "It's cropping up in new tech corridors, booming small towns, and surprising industries." Second, in its focus on 12 downtown revivals, the article takes a deep look … read more

2312_df77cbdb44_small May 25, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Tune in at 9:30 p.m. CDT tonight to watch Gabe Kangas of the Omaha-based startup Hollrback give a 5-minute demo his mobile contact management app at SF New Tech, a monthly meetup with more than 5,000 members. In preparation for tonight's event, I caught up with Kangas today by email. He said that he had been in talks with the organizers of the SF New Tech event for quite … read more

2306_a30f0304e5_small May 25, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Mike Colwell, director of the Business Innovation Zone in Des Moines, holds an educational luncheon series for entrepreneurs across central Iowa called the Business Insights and Networking Luncheon Series. Each luncheon features a speaker from the community with either expertise or thought leadership in an area that's applicable to people working on building high-growth and scalable businesses. Colwell recently started capturing these … read more

2270_1c5ab37eb1_small May 25, 2011 by Danny Schreiber & Geoff Wood

Omaha As the community continues the process of digesting the ideas shared and connections made at Big Omaha 2011, we'd like to use this week to thank our sponsors, an amazing group of companies who made it possible for us to put on the event that was enjoyed by, and inspired, so many. Much like the six hundred attendees who descended on the Old Market last week from across this country … read more

The polls are open!

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.