Silicon Prairie News

2146_6680f42ed4_small April 21, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Whether you call it group-buying, online coupons or simply daily deals, the industry popularized on an international scale by Groupon and LivingSocial is getting more and more entrants every week. In the past few months on Silicon Prairie News, we’ve written about local services like Deal Garden out of Omaha and DSM Daily in Urbandale. Adding to that group today is a new player … read more

2147_477c8bd2aa_small April 20, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Indianola Simpson College released a highlight video from last Saturday's Startup Storm event on the institution's YouTube channel. The video highlights the work of organizer Macy Koch, a graduating senior, and presents interviews with her and speakers Donni Alley and Ben Milne. Clips from Christian Renaud and Nathan T. Wright's presentations …  read more

2141_ed5a3588c9_small April 20, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Omaha mayor Jim Suttle today announced the launch of, one of the nation’s first city-wide, virtual town hall websites. The city launched the site in collaboration with Omaha-based startup MindMixer, which offers web-based idea generation and concept prioritization services. Together, the mayor’s office and MindMixer aim to … read more

2139_4d362d87b1_small April 20, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Since DocLanding made Silicon Prairie News' headlines in September 2008 with its launch at the DEMO conference, we hadn't heard too much about them in recent years. Earlier this month, however, the online document management provider fired up its Twitter account again and gave a preview of what came this week. "Watch for big news from DocLanding," @doclanding tweeted on April 7. The big news, as summarized with another tweet, came on April 15: "DocLanding relaunch! everything new - CEO, website … read more

April 20, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 52nd Opportunities on the Prairie today with positions from Swanson Russell, CF Webtools and Oohly in Omaha. If you or your company has one … read more

2137_0c3824c801_small April 20, 2011 by John T. Meyer

My mom raised me to always remember the importance of the thank you note. Whether it was a birthday, graduation, or Christmas, the events were always followed by thank you notes. Although the common thank you has evolved today, only someone as clever as internet humorist and creative, Ze Frank, could find a way to use technology to make thank-yous fun again. Frank … read more

2138_910c12ad7f_small April 20, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's PrairieCast Andy Brudtkuhl and I were joined by guests Nathan T. Wright of Lava Row and Uppward and Royce Haynes, a contributer to Silicon Prairie News in Kansas City. Discussed this week: 140 Characters Conference coming to Des Moines, A look back at Startup Weekend Kansas City and Startup Storm, The Greater Des Moines Partnership highlights Dwolla, Wichita's Jonathon George and Boxcar, Zaarly releases branding … read more

2094_4fa71a7bed_small April 19, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Published every Tuesday, 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 of our… read more

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