Silicon Prairie News

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

2662_1e5763d900_small August 8, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City Copious dollars/ From a dearth of characters/ Money grows on tweets Fortunately for John Yates, his recent try at haiku was substantially stronger than our attempt to tell the story of his unusual scholarship in 17 on. Last week, Yates won a full financial award package (valued at $37,240) from the University of Iowa Tippie School of Management for writing the best application tweet. He did so with haiku: "Globally minded/ Innovative and driven/ Tippie can sharpen" … read more

2665_0f61af7f01_small August 8, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha So we're sort of suckers for sweet infographics like this. But, come on, can you really blame us? I mean, just look at it. This gem, courtesy of the team at MindMixer, shows the "state of the cities' ideas" for the month of July. In other words, in this illustration, MindMixer, an Omaha-based company that creates virtual town hall websites, captured all the ideas … read more

2666_22ffa6d6c4_small August 8, 2011 by Danny Schreiber & Michael Stacy

Each week, we come across more and more stories in the Silicon Prairie that need to be heard. Whether it's details about a freshly-launched product or the experiences of veteran entrepreneur, there are tales to be told all across the region, and we're doing our best to cover them. With two full-time editors on staff and a just over a half-dozen contributors, we're proud of what we've published … read more

2524_9a73e14899_small August 8, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Today, we're pleased to share with the you the 14th video in our Big Omaha 2011 Video Series, brought to you by CoSentry. The video features an extended Q&A panel with Dan Martell of Flowtown, Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures, Mark Eckō of Artists & Instigators, Sarah Lacy of TechCrunch and Ben Huh of Cheezburger Network. This year's extended Q&A, an annual feature of Big Omaha … read more

2664_346d063e45_small August 7, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

As the title indicates, this week's installment of our Sunday Video Series features a link to an audio clip instead of the regular embedded video format. In fact, I've done this once before, and when I did, it was from the same source, This American Life (TAL), a weekly radio show produced by Chicago Public … read more

2657_b5cf161a58_small August 5, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Fresh off a successful trip showing their wares at Comic-Con in San Diego, Ben Vu and the SkyVu team demonstrated two games to a hometown crowd on Thursday at Cornstalks Demo Night. First, they ran through their most recent release, Battle Bears Blast. Second, they showed off their next project on the horizon, Battle Bears Royale, which is … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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