Silicon Prairie News

2178_977e61e623_small April 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

If I may borrow from Jeff Slobotski's description of the notable nobility nuptials that took place today across the pond — and that Jeff woke up bright and early to view — this week's installment of the Weekly Wrap Up can be best described as "whimsical, aboslutely whimsical." Jeff and Dusty Davidson joined forces for what is certain to go down in the Weekly Wrap-Up …  read more

April 29, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 53rd Opportunities on the Prairie today with positions from Xuba in Omaha, Nebraska Global/Don't Panic Labs in Lincoln, Adcuda in Kansas City … read more

2173_a771afc223_small April 28, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha At the moment, lots of our attention here at Silicon Prairie News is focused on a little event that will take place at KANEKO from May 11-13. But before Big Omaha rolls around, there is no shortage of interesting activity on tap at KANEKO, a space that nurtures and promotes creativity in the arts, sciences and philosophy and serves as our venue partner for Big Omaha. On Friday, KANEKO will host Undivided Lives: A Conversation About … read more

2171_c9fc19221d_small April 28, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

We're just two weeks away from Big Omaha 2011, and we want to share a conversation we recently had with Dan Martell, co-founder of Flowtown, a company focused on providing web-based tools that allow small businesses to measure their online marketing efforts. In November, Silicon Prairie News contributor John T. Meyer wrote a Tools for the Trade piece on Flowtown. Martell has an interesting entrepreneurial background, and that's why we're thrilled to have him in the lineup for this year's event … read more

2161_d3eb527bca_small April 28, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Iowa City Stackd announced this week that they're allowing early adopters a chance to check out their software at no fee prior to their official launch in May. The two founders, Stephen Ausman and Frederick Galoso, are students at the University of Iowa and have been working on the project for six months. In an email interview this week, Galoso described the company … read more

2148_3bc30a7fb7_small April 28, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Published every Tuesday (this week: two days late), Prairie Moves keeps our readers informed about career moves, media coverage, product development, and more from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News. If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email And if you have suggestions on how we could improve these posts or any … read more

2164_fab2853342_small April 28, 2011 by Geoff Wood

West Des Moines Entrepreneurial Technologies announced the debut of a new service,, late Wednesday. I caught up with Erin Ginkens, the company's president, over email to learn about it. Silicon Prairie News: What is Erin Ginkens: It’s a giving platform that focuses on the individual and allows them to raise money online on behalf of their favorite charities, without the need for a fancy (and expensive) custom website. It also lets charities have their own pages to collect donations. We decided to emphasize simplicity over … read more

2159_843370b01b_small April 27, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The first time Jonathan George participated in Startup Weekend — April 16-17 at Startup Weekend Kansas City (SWKC) — it was as a keynote speaker and judge. Once upon a time, George, the founder and CEO of Boxcar, set the groundwork for Boxcar over the course of a weekend. But he did so without the benefit of Startup Weekend's structure. So, what would that framework have meant to Boxcar? "It would’ve been huge," George said. "It would’ve changed probably the entire …  read more

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