Silicon Prairie News

2192_9e5d623b3a_small May 3, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's PrairieCast Andy Brudtkuhl and I were joined by guests Steven Carter of the Iowa State University Research Park and Chris Burns of SHift. Discussed this week: Aneesh Chopra, US CTO, and Erich Broksas, Case Foundation and Startup America Partnership, added to the Big Omaha lineup, As charity: water campaign nears end, Hidajat cited as ‘Young Hero’, Cohn combines tech and journalism savvy with, Stackd announces free trial and upcoming launch, Entrepreneurial Technologies... read more

2190_c4563292ff_small May 3, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Kansas City Almost two weeks ago, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation gave vying conference-goers an opportunity to enter the Big Omaha "Express Your Pledge" competition for a chance to win a ticket … read more

2185_4150491dad_small May 3, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Columbia As he has worked to bring his nonprofit startup to scale recently, David Cohn hasn't encountered any shortage of people willing to help. Cohn is the founder and director of, a web-based platform for community-funded journalism that we reported on last week. allows the public to commission and participate with journalists to report on important and perhaps overlooked topics. Cohn launched in late 2008 and has worked for the last year as a Donald W. Reynolds Fellow at the University of Missouri's … read more

2186_fd4587e499_small May 3, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha The annual Infotec Conference brought to Qwest Center Omaha a crowd that included nationally-recognized keynote speakers, nearly 100 track presenters and conference-goers from all over the Silicon Prairie. In addition to an impressive spread of exhibitors wrapped throughout the hallways of Qwest Center Omaha, the two-day conference provided great opportunities for attendees to mingle with one another and, in keeping with one of Infotec's stated goals, "to learn about innovative ways to cut costs … read more

2162_224f60993e_small May 3, 2011 by Dan Beenken

Cedar Falls I remember from "The Republic" that Plato once said “Necessity is the Mother of invention”. Sure, I didn’t really read it, but my 10th grade English teacher still thinks so. Those words are a perfect description of how the Book Hatchery was started. Its founder, Nick Cash, was looking for a way to publish his ebook on computer programming. Cash, currently a junior in computer science and economics at the University of Northern Iowa, had worked … read more

2187_614f76ca5b_small May 2, 2011 by Willis Jackson

Starting today, the Kansas City edition of StartupDigest is combining with Des Moines and Omaha to offer our region … read more

2179_b7ab2c0a81_small May 2, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3rd at 1:30 p.m. CDT for Episode 36 of PrairieCast streaming live from the Webcast One studios. We'll be joined by guests Steven Carter, Director of the Iowa State Univ. Research Park and Chris Burns, co-founder of SHift. Discussion topics will include US CTO added to Big Omaha lineup, Nathan Hidajat's charity … read more

2095_4343a85bff_small May 2, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha It's Big Omaha season, can you tell? It's that time of year when we put our small staff on overdrive to maintain content production and manage one of our premier events. The regular volume of posts (3-4 per day) has decreased, our email reply times have slowed and phone calls aren't being returned as quickly, but you can be sure that we're still here, continuously motivated by the community around us. This week, you'll see the volume increase again as our … read more

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