Silicon Prairie News

2248_f58f5d9e16_small May 17, 2011 by Levi Rosol

Omaha Travis Kalanick is the co-founder and CEO of Uber, a startup working to provide high-quality, on-demand car service booked easily through a user's iPhone or SMS. His previous company, Red Swoosh, was sold for $19 million in April 2007. Prior companies include Scour, the world's first p2p search engine, where Kalanick also achieved the distinction of being sued for $250 billion. After giving a brief background on his childhood, Kalanick jumped … read more

2254_23a9c0dd14_small May 16, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Omaha s the community begins 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 … read more

2261_6826a5751e_small May 16, 2011 by Dan Beenken

Omaha Philip Kaplan’s presentation was a nice mix of “this is how I became awesome” and “this is how you can be awesome, too.” His story started with a little backdrop on his move from W-2 employee land, where he was building sites for another firm, to running his own show. It was one of those common epiphanies in which the employee discovers what the employer is making off of his back and realizes the disparity between that what he’s taking home. … read more

2245_8d44b01094_small May 16, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Omaha The past three months have been a whirlwind for Neil Blumenthal. On February 15, he and his co-founders launched Warby Parker with features in GQ and Vogue. Three weeks after launch, his designer frames and eyeglass company shattered their one year target sales goals, sold out of their top 15 styles, and had a waiting list of 20,000 customers. The audience at Big Omaha was lucky to have Blumenthal come and talk about his company, and I … read more

2257_c969dbd57f_small May 16, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Our new PrairieCast studio lends itself to Skype conversations so we thought we'd try to taking multiple calls in to the show. If you attended Big Omaha last week and are available at 2 p.m tomorrow, we'd like to hear from you. As hosts, we'll be sharing what we learned as well as our favorite moments and you can share yours, too. To participate, either leave a comment on this post with your email address or send an email to me at … read more

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

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