Silicon Prairie News

2253_801c8cdd5c_small May 16, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha is passing the torch to Des Moines this week in terms of startup events on the Silicon Prairie. … read more

2246_18fdab6088_small May 13, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Whether you're wrapped up in the conference hustle or participating remotely with our live coverage, the galactic journey of Big Omaha is flying through with rocket speed and we're glad you're along for the ride. And, with speaker sessions finishing in the late afternoon, you may think that the conference is over. But, Ke$ha knows, just as much as our co-founder and Ke$ha enthusiast, Jeff $lobotski, that the party "don't stop." And, I think they're right. read more

2247_0e62fe69d8_small May 13, 2011 by Royce Haynes & Michael Stacy

Omaha We've reached the homestretch of Big Omaha 2011, and we have a terrific trio to take us home. This afternoon, we'll be treated to talks from Marc Ecko of Artists & Instigators, Travis Kalanick of Uber and Bo Fishback of Zaarly. For more on those three, see our post on what they've been up to recently: "Big Omaha 2011: Friday speakers in the spotlight." … read more

2243_289d4949ee_small May 13, 2011 by John T. Meyer, Royce Haynes & Michael Stacy

Omaha More than half of Big Omaha 2011 is now in the rearview mirror — or, given the conference’s theme, the space shuttle equivalent thereof — but there’s plenty packed into the portion of the conference that remains. This morning, we'll hear from another spectacular slate of speakers: Gary Vaynerchuk of VaynerMedia, Philip Kaplan, a San Francisco-based entrepreneur, Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker and Micah Baldwin of … read more

2227_76d8288b33_small May 13, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Haven't had time to study up on all of this year's Big Omaha speakers? Not to worry; we can help you cram. We've combed the world wide interwebs to come up with a couple of stories, interviews, videos or otherwise noteworthy nuggets on each of our Big Omaha presenters so that you can brush up before you sit down at KANEKO on Friday morning. … read more

2242_41ae0f3f36_small May 13, 2011 by Willis Jackson

Omaha Sarah Lacy is a senior editor at TechCrunch, the world's largest blog on tech entrepreneurship, and the author of the critically acclaimed "Once You're Lucky, Twice You're Good." After more than a decade covering business in Silicon Valley, Lacy decided to follow the flow of capital into the developing world. She bootstrapped a two-year, 40-week journey looking for the best entrepreneurs Silicon Valley had never heard of. The result … read more

2241_e31a2adbd2_small May 13, 2011 by Dan Beenken

Omaha The list of firms, foundations and other partners pulling together for the Startup America Partnership is impressive stuff, with Google, American Express, Microsoft, Cisco and others getting involved to help push forward job creation in the United States. The basis for the partnership is to serve as a linkage for start ups, ramp ups and speed ups – as they coin them – with mentors, capital, talent, services, expertise and customers. The partnership … read more

2239_f3e4348ebe_small May 12, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Omaha Dan Martell lives and breathes entrepreneurship. In fact, Martell is pretty sure his parents believe he is un-hirable. Martell is the co-founder of Flowtown, a serial angel investor and on the board of Startup Weekend. As Dan says, "If you're an entrepreneur, I'm your biggest fan." He's also very proud to be Canadian. The topic of Martell's talk was "5 Unconventional Steps to Entrepreneurship." Here are some highlights: Martell started … read more

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