Silicon Prairie News

2223_d2d2cd484a_small May 10, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City The gaming industry is a tough cookie to bite into, especially with big game producers like EA and Nintendo. But Vicinity Games is not backing away from creating multiplayer video games for XBox and other game consoles. Last October, Nate Allen and Mike Koporc started Vicinity for the purpose of not only developing games but also serving as a "beacon" for video game development in Kansas City. One of few gaming studios on the Silicon Prairie, Vicinity makes local, multiplayer games that cultivate a social experience, like in Mario Kart 64, Gauntlet Legends or Castle Crashers. That active engagement between gamers is key to Vicinity's mission. Plus … read more

2224_0a4fced1e9_small May 10, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's PrairieCast Andy Brudtkuhl and I were joined by guests Jeff Slobotski, co-founder of Silicon Prairie News for the second annual Big Omaha preview show! read more

2220_08999add8f_small May 10, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines The latest project from the creative team at Des Moines-based application development company BitMethod is a new podcast called "The Flyover Effect." The podcast debuted Monday, and the first episode featured an interview with Tara Hunt, CEO and co-founder of Montreal-based Buyosphere. In this episode, BitMethod's Dan Shipton and Scott Kubie … read more

2214_7aac14d0d1_small May 10, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Editor's Note: This blog post, which was originally published on Ben Lueders' business blog, Fruitful Design, on Friday, recaps the process he undertook to enter What Cheer's Color Contest for a Big Omaha ticket. Ben has given us permission to re-post it here, which I asked him for because I think his drawing is a lively snapshot of a few Silicon Prairie personalities (including our own Analog the Prairie Dog) and because the story behind his drawing is a fun one. read more

2215_35956aba3a_small May 9, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha With the Opening Party presented by Rackspace kicking Big Omaha off on Wednesday, the mood will be set for the first day of presentations on Thursday. After a full day of speakers, including Aneesh Chopra, Shervin Pishevar and Sarah Lacy, day one will wrap up at KANEKO (1111 Jones St.) and pick up with the post-party at The Slowdown (photo, left, from Starting at 7:30 p.m., conference-goers will have the opportunity to grab a front-row spot for The Hood Internet Concert presented by Microsoft BizSpark. Doors will open to the public at 8 p.m., and tickets will be available at the venue … read more

2219_b12f95f85b_small May 9, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. CDT for Episode 37 of PrairieCast, our second annual Big Omaha preview show! We'll be joined by Silicon Prairie News and Big Omaha cofounder Jeff Slobotski to talk about all things Big Omaha, from the speakers to the community to the parties. Slobotski will talk … read more

2150_7a2b134379_small May 9, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Fargo As the chairman and CEO of Great Plains Software, Doug Burgum helped transform the company from a small software shop in Fargo, N.D. in the early 80s into a booming business that Microsoft bought for $1.1 billion in 2001. But what ended with a billion-dollar exit started as an idea that Burgum had to bet the farm — literally — to fund. "He had inherited some ground, inherited some land," said James Burgum, Doug Burgum’s nephew and one of his partners in Arthur Ventures, a venture capital firm they founded in 2008. "He mortgaged that land to invest in a software company." That wasn’t all. It took other creative funding to get Great Plains off the ground. …  read more

2205_bf95bec9e2_small May 9, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Ames Harry Potter. That was the first name called out when Google's PJ Anderson and Drew Rowny asked a room full of elementary school students to name a children's character. Anderson and Rowny traveled from Silicon Valley to Ames last week to honor Nathan Hidajat for being chosen as a regional prize winner in the Doodle 4 Google contest. They kicked off the ceremony with a demonstration of Google … read more

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