Silicon Prairie News

2571_48ab6be73e_small July 19, 2011 by Tom Chapman

Omaha This is a post that builds off of my first post on migration – the Silicon Prairie needs to grow. I tell people that we need to focus on college students, and the immediate response is that I don't want to hire college students for my business. And many college students are ultimately not ready to work in a new startup or in a key position. However, even if that is the case, we should still focus on them. College students … read more

2567_fe53c92108_small July 19, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Steven Michael Kelly has quite the sweet tooth for innovation. And rightfully so. He's the master chef behind The Educated Baker, a for-profit bakery with a social mission. And ironically enough, he is the mastermind of the iDROP, an iPhone application for diabetes management. The Educated Baker, Kelly's primary project, is a for-profit wholesale bakery that specializes in producing frozen cookies and scones, operating under what he calls … read more

2568_11fdd9c2e0_small July 18, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Zach Cox seems about as even-keeled as they come, a man not prone to hyperbole. So last month when I interviewed Cox … read more

2564_c6c24661c3_small July 18, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Editor's Note: The following is a guest post by Ben Milne, co-founder and CEO of Dwolla.) I read this and I was really inspired. My inspiration felt something like wanting to rip my shirt off and scream, "What the hell?!"… But I'm not strong enough to rip my shirt off and I really like American Apparel T's … of which, I just happen to be wearing. I wasn’t inspired by the bitter comments or by the perceived lack of support for entrepreneurs by the local government, but the message the article was sending. It’s not hard to start a business in Iowa or anywhere else. A matter of fact, it’s a fallacy that … read more

2565_04311afcbe_small July 18, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha This week Dusty Davidson of Silicon Prairie News and Tripleseat, Tom Chapman of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and myself will board an airplane and travel to New York City for a few days of meetings, meals and reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. We took a similar trip last year to San Francisco and will be heading back to the Bay Area later this year, as well. It's important for us to build community and relationships not only within our region, but across the country and beyond. … read more

2561_9e892275ea_small July 17, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

As entrepreneurs, individuals often set out to achieve dreams that most deem impossible. While the dream of former Des Moines resident Charlie Wittmack wasn't in business like the other entrepreneurs we cover, it's a dream that can't be ignored. Just over a year ago, he set out on the World Tri, a never before attempted 10,000-mile, 13-country swimming/biking/climbing adventure. At 8 a.m. this morning – if you've woken early enough and have … read more

2562_850f61a971_small July 17, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

With Friday's release of the final Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2", I've chosen a commencement address delivered by JK Rowling, the creator of the Potter franchise, for this week's Sunday Video. It's an excellent look into the mind of the woman who's given endless hours of enjoyment to millions of readers and movie-goers throughout the world. In Rowling's speech … read more

July 16, 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

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