Silicon Prairie News

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 Graphic.ly. … 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

2238_74082062b4_small May 12, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Omaha Samasource is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing "digital work" to people living in poverty. Leila Janah, CEO of Samasource, discussed her start as a social entrepreneur and told the story of how Samasource provides opportunity to those in developing nations. … read more

2240_0a7b66a917_small May 12, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha We're baaacck. With a little lunch and networking under our belts, we've returned to our little nook in KANEKO and are posted up at the computer to bring you a live blog of the afternoon session at Big Omaha 2011. On deck this afternoon: talks from Dan Martell of Flowtown, Erich Broksas of the Startup America Partnership, Shervin Pishevar of the Social Gaming Network and Sarah Lacy of TechCrunch.  read more

2236_807a814622_small May 12, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha The mission of the Cheezburger Network, according to its CEO, Ben Huh, is a straightforward one: "Make everyone in the world happy for five minutes a day." In delivering the opening speech of Big Omaha 2011, Huh certainly achieved that aim himself, providing a blend of humor and motivation in telling his story. A handful of the highlights… read more

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