Silicon Prairie News

2760_d3cabfcdf2_small August 24, 2011 by Michael Stacy

For regular readers of Silicon Prairie News, none of what's discussed in the Aug. 19 Fox Business article "How to Become a Growth Company in a Small Market" is necessarily … read more

2759_0eb1b7a36e_small August 24, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha On Tuesday, Twilio released the winners of its Twilio Client Developer Contest, and What Cheer's Bumble took home one of the five winning titles. Bumble … read more

2753_562d5c2d2b_small August 23, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines The Bat-Signal is out across the state of Iowa for all types of heroes, and bHeroic is the startup behind the shining light. Born not in the streets of Gotham City but in the Des Moines community at Startup Weekend 2011, bHeroic, also known as Unleash Heroes, is a free social game that encourages ordinary heroism by tracking and rewarding acts of volunteerism. … read more

2758_1eb887c5a8_small August 23, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha As football teams across the country gear up for their seasons to start in the coming weeks, a man whose company is central to what so many of those teams hope to accomplish will update us on his own team's outlook for the upcoming season. John Wirtz, the co-founder and COO of Hudl, will speak Thursday night at Omaha's monthly meeting of entrepreneurial minds, Cornstalks. Networking starts at 6:30 p.m. with snacks and beverages provided … read more

2734_a398aba99e_small August 23, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha An Aug. 10 national launch in New York City was just part of what figures to be a whirlwind few weeks for the team from Bloom, the Omaha-based online social beauty store that's looking to revolutionize the way women buy beauty products. "We are just at the very beginning of our mission to use social interaction to change the way that women shop for beauty products," Nick Hudson, CMO of Bloom, said in an email last week. "We have a lot of plans … read more

2751_760aedbdab_small August 23, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Mike Colwell, director of the Business Innovation Zone in Des Moines, holds a monthly educational luncheon 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 now captures these presentations on video … read more

2749_9378b4c663_small August 23, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in this afternoon at 2 for Episode 52 of PrairieCast streaming live from the Silicon Prairie News office in Des Moines. Geoff is serving his civic duty as juror across the street at the Polk County Courthouse, so Andy will be running the show with first-time guest Norah Carroll (right photo from, a digital strategist at Lava Row, and Mike Colwell (left photo from who is returning to talk about his new project, … read more

2746_6e18d45350_small August 22, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines We're two months from the inaugural Thinc Iowa conference, and we are humbled by the response of our community and pleased to announce six more sponsors who will help us build this event. Please help us welcome our newest sponsors: Notifyworks, Torsion Mobile, RecoEngine, SeedHere, LiveStream and Microsoft BizSpark. We'd like to extend … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.