Silicon Prairie News

2268_b878126f00_small May 18, 2011 by Willis Jackson

Omaha “You guys caught me at a weird time,” Bo Fishback said. “I am going to be super honest about what we are doing, where we are in the process … we are 9.5 weeks into a startup that we're working on.” That was how Fishback, the CEO and co-founder of Zaarly, opened his presentation at Big Omaha, and it was spot on. Fishback has just recently left the Kauffman Foundation, where he was the vice-president of entrepreneurship … read more

2266_e3838fb4b0_small May 18, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City When Zaarly co-founder and CEO Bo Fishback took the stage at last Friday's Big Omaha, there was still a big question on attendees' minds: when will the mobile app launch? The answer from Fishback at that time: Zaarly was waiting on Apple's app store approval. Well, the approval has come and the app is out today, sporting a fresh user interface – a dramatic increase from their limited beta release at South by Southwest – and the ability to post an offer from anywhere on the map. Currently in Omaha, someone is … read more

2264_0da27a438a_small May 18, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Lincoln Recently, the Entrepreneurship Committee of the Young Professional Group of Lincoln hosted a startup lesson drawing members of the entrepreneurial community to the Raikes School on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During the event, John Wirtz, COO of Hudl, interviewed Steve Kiene, managing director of Nebraska Global … read more

2237_a974e2685a_small May 18, 2011 by Levi Rosol

Omaha About halfway into my drive to Omaha last Wednesday for Big Omaha, I realized that I was in the car with two fellow Des Moines residents who were, as Big Omaha MC David Hauser affectionately …  read more

2258_3c54bb7596_small May 18, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Omaha Jeremy Harrington, the Des Moines-based user experience lead for Voce Communications, literally put his pen-to-paper to create an impressive set of "sketchnotes" documenting the presentations at Big Omaha. Harrington's series covers most the keynote speakers as well as others who appeared on stage, including MC David Hauser, Nebraska … read more

2260_198dca634b_small May 17, 2011 by 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. Another tremendous thank you from our team to Rackspace Hosting … read more

2263_b28eefdd15_small May 17, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week on PrairieCast, we're doing our first multiple-guest show with Danny Schreiber, Robert Murphy, Andy Stoll and Shane Reiser. Each guest will share his unique experiences at week's Big Omaha 2011. PrairieCast is a live podcast, recorded weekly, that features round table-style discussion of the top issues in startup culture and technology from across the Silicon Prairie … read more

2262_45ee0f761c_small May 17, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Google is now giving Kansas Citians on both sides of State Line Road autobahn-fast access to the information superhighway. The Internet giant, which announced on March 30 that it would build its ultra high-speed network in Kansas City, Kan., is expanding that coverage to Kansas City, Mo. … read more

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