Silicon Prairie News

2672_b4ca78aa8e_small August 10, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha On Sunday, What Cheer launched its first product, Bumble, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) app designed for children to make safe and easy calls. Alex Gates, a developer at the web design studio, had been working on a way for his young children to make calls to their grandparents using a simple web interface, something so simple it would soon be seen as home's "regular phone." With the July 26 … read more

2678_bf55532229_small August 10, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Ames To categorize Sam Schill’s immersion into the world of tech startups using the lexicon of that land, the Ames businessman has quickly gone from just checking in to becoming a veritable super mayor. A little more than a year removed from making his first foray into the landscape of tech entrepreneurship — when he helped his firm, Sigler Companies, forge a relationship with Foursquare — Schill can’t seem to shake the startup scene, whether it’s in his role at Sigler or with his nascent side project … read more

2642_06cfa9ea2b_small August 10, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln One year ago, former University of Nebraska-Lincoln football teammates and college roommates … read more

2677_8f69a39e70_small August 10, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha It takes two to tango…and negotiate. Therefore, there are typically two sides any negotiation and if you are able to figure out both sides, you will be successful more often. Simple case; take a used automobile. Unlike a new car that has a sticker price, the used car is priced subject to a variety of different things. Miles, year, options, history, location … these all play a part. The seller has a price they are asking (and a price they will take). The buyer has … read more

2655_3fcd3d736e_small August 10, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Although this last post in our series covering Cornstalks Demo Night isn't highlighting a startup's product built from the ground up, the event's organizer, Tom Chapman of the Greater Omaha Chamber, included it in the lineup for its relation to current events. In response to the major flooding occurring throughout the Midwest, Omahan Chris Augeri created The MightMoRiver Project, an Ushahidi-powered and Crowdmap-hosted site … read more

2654_f60ea1ef5d_small August 10, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha While the mainstream daily deal and coupon sites have users sign up once to receive a constant stream of emails with deals, The MeNetwork, which operates via SMS, doesn't believe that strategy translates to its platform. "We have taken the opposite approach to that," Craig Page, the Omaha startup's COO, said. "We believe that people with cell phones are not gonna want to turn our cell phones … read more

2675_4c08f583bf_small August 9, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines For our 50th birthday episode we decided to push the envelope and try two guests in studio for the first time. Jake Kerber, CEO of Locusic, and Chris Conetzkey, editor of the Des Moines Business Record, both joined us as PrairieCast newbies for a great discussion. Discussed this week: Business Record: "A spirited look at Iowa's brightest thinkers" … read more

2656_574e7a91f2_small August 9, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln Green Bein' Productions founder Collin Caneva began his presentation at Cornstalks Demo Night by hinting at the latest developments of his Lincoln-based startup. "Our company, locally, is usually known as Kid Command, but we're more than that," Caneva said. "We're an online, multimedia development company. We develop everything … read more

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