Silicon Prairie News

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

2659_db241ad7cf_small August 9, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Damon Cali doesn't mince words when it comes to the quality of bug-tracking systems he's used over the years. Cali tried his fair share of free solutions in his previous job at a startup in Austin, Texas, and it didn't take him long to decide that "they're almost universally horrible.” Out of Cali's dissatisfaction, TrackJumper was born. Cali demonstrated TrackJumper …  read more

2660_4bde44f1f1_small August 9, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Reminder - Prairie Moves is now a bi-weekly series. Learn more in our most recent Prairie Moves. Also, a good portion of the items below are stories we will either cover in the coming days or ones we'll miss covering because we can't get to all of them. If you'd like to help us increase our content volume, check out our post: "Calling all contributors: SPN adding to team across the region". read more

2658_bea6ecaf49_small August 9, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Evelyn Bartlett and Roger Bartlett worked as a pair to demonstrate WasteFinder Green App, a smartphone and tablet application created by SectorNow to help businesses monitor and manage their waste disposal and recycling efforts. Currently in beta, the app is scheduled to launch Oct. 1. Developed in conjunction with WasteCap Nebraska, the app … read more

2668_8200e6b23f_small August 9, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines We'll be coming to you live from the Midland Building at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 50 of PrairieCast! Our guests for the half-century episode are Chris Conetzkey, editor of the Des Moines Business Record, and Jake Kerber, founder of Locusic. (Left, photo from twitter.com and twitter.com) Topics for the show include the Business Record's … read more

2669_978a7629bb_small August 9, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On Monday, I had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Winslow Sargeant, the Small Business Administration's chief counsel for advocacy, on behalf of Silicon Prairie News and the Des Moines Startup Foundation. Sargeant, who was in town for outreach on behalf of the SBA's Office of Advocacy, spent the day in Des Moines meeting various entrepreneurs and others stakeholders in the city's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Sargeant describes the role of his office as being an "advocate" on behalf of small business – those of 500 employees or less – both within the executive branch and to Congress. … read more

2644_619da5ca86_small August 8, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Preparations for our inaugural Thinc Iowa conference in October are moving fast. For those keeping track, it's less than three months away and over the course of the next few weeks, you'll see more information from us as the website goes live and tickets go on sale. One development that we wanted to roll out today is another way for startups to get involved. Starting this week, we're opening up a … read more

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