Silicon Prairie News

2635_deaaebe188_small August 2, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines We'll be live today at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 49 of PrairieCast with guests Josh Fleming from Lessing-Flynn and Silicon Prairie News managing editor, Danny Schreiber (left, photos from and We'll be talking with Fleming about his project, the Lessing-Flynn Battle of the Brands … read more

2629_28391f78f8_small August 1, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Cedar Rapids When the Consumer Electronics Association held its CES On the Hill trade show in Washington, D.C. in May, Syncbak founder and CEO Jack Perry attended in hopes of spreading the word about his Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based startup. He ended up doing so to a national television audience via C-SPAN. Syncbak, which provides a platform for broadcasting live, local television on web-enabled devices … read more

2626_eee162dd0f_small August 1, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha We're in the process of rolling out a few updates to our site in the coming weeks, the first of which you'll see live today, Facebook comments. Going forward, in order to comment on Silicon Prairie News, you'll need to connect to your Facebook account, and when you … read more

2523_9ae98b2143_small August 1, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Today, we're pleased to share with the you the thirteenth video in our Big Omaha 2011 Video Series, brought to you by CoSentry. In the video above, Travis Kalanick, co-founder and CEO of Uber, shares his background and lessons learned from his experiences in startups, angel investing and mentoring. He walks us through his various phases, from the pirate phase, to the innovator, to the curator, to the driver … read more

2627_6833ff5d88_small August 1, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha MindMixer planning meetings probably don't involve a map with big bull's-eyes over the major hubs of the Silicon Prairie, but the Omaha-based startup, which creates and manages virtual town halls, continues to fuel its growth in part by keeping its home region in the crosshairs. Most recently, MindMixer began … read more

2621_76c085097a_small July 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Just like that, it appears, we're one Weekly Wrap-Up episode away from triple digits, three bills, a hundo, a Benjamin — episode 100. Thanks to the detective work of a crack team of WWU sleuths — first Robert Murphy and, more recently, Corey Spitzer — Jeff and I learned before hosting today's WWU that it was episode No. 98. And I don't need to crack out my abacus to know that means only one episode stands between us our centennial episode, which is certain to be an occasion of utter momentousness. …  read more

2623_6d26297e29_small July 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Think Big Partners, a Kansas City-based business incubator and startup accelerator, announced this morning that it will host the Gigabit Challenge … read more

2622_196b72d03a_small July 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Toting their electronics from appointment to appointment, Mike Colwell and Charise Flynn grew increasingly frustrated with the lack of a protective container for all their devices that was, well, simple. "While there are thousands of sleeves and countless … read more

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Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.