Silicon Prairie News

2705_ef9ae76105_small August 14, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

As we open up the week in which we'll launch the Thinc Iowa website, I've chosen a Sunday Video that aligns with the goal of the conference: explore the common ground between corporations and startups. One such example of that exploration is a recent presentation from Geoffrey Moore in Standford's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Lecture Series. In his hour-long talk, "Reach Your Escape … read more

2647_1f418580ac_small August 13, 2011 by Willis Jackson

Kansas City I recently quit my job to work on my first startup, ShownHome, full-time. Well, sort of my first startup. It all started because I hate to shave. We have no revenue, a hard to reach market and it is so unsexy that TechCrunch will never touch us with a 40-foot pole. So, what in the hell am I doing? Well, I did evaluate a number of factors that I deemed to be the most critical for me. It is based in part on my previous experiences languishing in my last startup attempt, on my personality … read more

2701_50f4d675ad_small August 12, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Ames With the 2011 Ames Straw Poll set for Saturday and the 2012 presidential election drawing ever closer, a couple of Des Moines-area companies have teamed up to launch a social media communication portal … read more

2694_d65c4a37e7_small August 12, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Sometimes, a moment is simply so sublime, so momentous, so transcendent that it's dubbed "too big for words." But this post clearly contains words — probably many more than it needs to, in fact — so the whole too-big-for-words description doesn't apply here. Nonetheless, we think the moment that's the motivation for this post, our 100th Weekly Wrap-Up episode, is pretty noteworthy. So join us this afternoon at 4:30 for our centennial WWU … read more

2696_55c176ce3c_small August 12, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha As anyone who's had the minor misfortune of attending a party at my apartment can attest, I, against my better judgement and others' protestations, enjoy masquerading as a DJ. And, although I possess just one form of low-grade DJ software and zero skill jockeying discs, I get strangely territorial about challengers to my throne at the turntable. Well, I usually do. But at a get-together earlier this summer, I uncharacteristically — but, it should be noted, quite courteously — ceded DJ responsibility … read more

2690_e9653b9f29_small August 12, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Oh so close! We couldn't be more excited to drop a sneak peek of the Thinc Iowa website here as an end of the week surprise for you. You'll notice a few added buttons and if you could scroll down, lots more information about what's ahead. The full site is set to launch next week, so stay tuned! We couldn't be more impressed and thankful for the hard work that Matt, Emily, Nate, Ben and the rest of the team … read more

August 12, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 65th Opportunities on the Prairie today, with positions from Xuba, Sergeant's Pet Care Products in Omaha, ProviderTrust, Firespring, Swanson Russell … read more

2697_c202cfd4d4_small August 12, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Thank you. It's absolutely amazing to look at what we've accomplished together as a community over three years. We at Silicon Prairie News are more committed than ever to continue building as well as highlighting the great work taking place, and we have some exciting things in store over the next several years. For a quick walk down memory lane … read more

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