Silicon Prairie News

April 23, 2011 by Dusty Davidson

Every day I comb through my Google Reader reading sites like Hacker News and others, and star articles that are especially interesting about startups, entrepreneurship and miscellany. read more

2153_f3c352aec7_small April 22, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) announced that latest companies to win awards from the Demonstration Fund this week. The Demonstration Fund, which is described on the IDED website as "designed to encourage product refinements … read more

2152_1d6c4fb8f6_small April 22, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha We went green — or the color scheme of our Livestream did, at least — today for what I've just decided to label as our Weekly Wrap-Up: Earth Day Edition. Truth be told, that green scheme is about as earthy as the Weekly Wrap-Up got, but there are plenty of other reasons to check it out. Mentioned this week: "Startup Weekend Kansas City: CraftWig walks away with win," "Startup Weekend Kansas … read more

2151_7269968941_small April 22, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha We're thrilled to share with you a phenomenal opportunity from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, our premier sponsor of Big Omaha 2011. With tickets for Big Omaha selling out just one week after they went on sale, the Kauffman Foundation has offered to give one lucky entrepreneur the opportunity to attend our event. Here are the details of the challenge, from Kauffman's release: The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is inviting … read more

2102_c4f3e6bc21_small April 22, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Ben Edwards is trying to take a bite out of eBay, one mobile device at a time. Edwards (Left, photo from is the creator and proprietor of Swappa … read more

2145_7c9de412a6_small April 22, 2011 by Dan Beenken

Urbana Clickstop founders Tim Guenther and Shaun Linderbaum were a couple of typical Iowa college kids back in the late 90s, at a time when Wade Arnold of T8 was also bumming around the hallowed entrepreneurial grounds of the University of Northern Iowa. Incidentally, yours truly was also a “typical college kid” at that time. Sadly, the extent of my entrepreneurial talents was charging $3 for keg beer to pay our heating bill. What was I thinking? Anyway, things all started for Clickstop, which is now based… read more

2143_6152991f41_small April 21, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Mike Colwell, director of the Business Innovation Zone in Des Moines, holds an educational luncheon for entrepreneurs across central Iowa. Called the "Business Insights and Networking Luncheon Series," each luncheon features a speaker from the community with either expertise or thought leadership in an area that's applicable to people working on building high-growth and scalable businesses. read more

2149_775b99d28b_small April 21, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Last month, Zappos hosted its first API Developer Challenge-palooza-athon, a contest that rewarded folks for creating new uses of Zappos' API. The company accepted submissions ranging from a simple widget module to even a single page web app — anything that made a creative use of the API. The top ideas were rewarded in the following three categories: Most Fun and Weird Application, Best Mash-up Application, and Best Overall Application Most Fun and Weird Application Omaha's Scott Blaine took home the title for Best Overall Application for his app, OutfitHer. In the email interview below, Blaine, a Java developer … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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