Silicon Prairie News

2713_61f91cfab3_small August 17, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Unlike the old saying about picking friends' noses, when it comes South by Southwest (SXSW) panels you can have it all – you can pick your friends, you can pick your own panels and you can pick your friends' panels. With that delightful thought in mind, we wanted to call out the "Panels from the Prairie" … read more

2725_567974b227_small August 17, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week West Des Moines attorney Rush Nigut, founder of NotifyWorks joined us in studio and Michael Stacy, Silicon Prairie News editor, skyped in from Omaha. We also put out an offer to startups far and wide to drop off their swag for the PrairieCast set. If you have something fun or funky (nothing with real value, please) that represents your startup … read more

2718_e84bc59918_small August 17, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha When Paul Yoder was younger, his mother would ask him: "Why aren't your chores done? Do you think elves are going to come and do them for you?" He learned then that elves wouldn’t do the work for him but five months ago, he built DonorElf, a donor management service that defies fables and does nearly all of the work of non-profit bookkeeping for him. "I liked the idea of elves doing the mundane … read more

2569_e03af9d33b_small August 17, 2011 by Willis Jackson

Wichita A Kansas company backed by Nebraska money is looking to make its mark in an industry most prominent in places like Southern California, the Pacific Northwest … read more

2727_1d05e44476_small August 17, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Chris Pirillo capped off his trip home to Des Moines with a meetup at Amici Espresso downtown on a beautiful late-summer evening Monday. A group of about 35 people came out to visit with Chris over the course of nearly three hours, and I was able to snag a few photos near the start of the meetup. Chris met with friends new and old and discussed topics … read more

2726_94952a446b_small August 17, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha In our community, it's often asked, "What's the most important element to grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem?" The answer: talented and passionate people. In 10 days, the city of Omaha will be losing one of those individuals. Tom Chapman (left) will be departing the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, where he's served as the director of entrepreneurship and innovation, to join Nebraska … read more

2723_2d8acb14ee_small August 16, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Iowa City The inaugural BarCamp ICR was held on Saturday at the Iowa City Public Library. We couldn't have had a better event! We met over 100 attendees and our day was extended hours longer due to many more people wanting to talk than we could have imagined. Just three minutes after opening up the grid for talks, we had the entire schedule filled for the day. Our deepest thanks goes out to our attendees, speakers, sponsors, organizers and volunteers … read more

2717_66ed3a2b9a_small August 16, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln As the inaugural Don’t Panic Labs summer internship program drew to a close with presentations on Monday at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Kauffman Center, it became increasingly clear the extent to which the interns had run the asylum for the last three months. If it wasn’t evident by their sheer numbers alone — Don’t Panic labs … read more

The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.