Silicon Prairie News

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

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

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