Silicon Prairie News

2604_46d4f4788b_small July 26, 2011 by Michael Stacy

According to data collected by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), the second quarter saw $7.5 billion in venture capital deals nationwide, the highest single-quarter total … read more

2602_d6cc92968c_small July 26, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines PrairieCast is live today at 2 p.m CDT for Episode 48. Our guest is Willis Jackson, a Silicon Prairie News contributor in Kansas City, the curator of the Silicon Prairie Startup Digest and an entrepreneur who recently left his "day job" to put a full time effort into a new startup, ShownHome. Our discussion topics are slated to include Dwolla's latest milestone, Google Transit across the region and a UNL student competing for a $20,000 developer prize. PrairieCast is a live podcast … read more

2601_70eb06d5c6_small July 26, 2011 by Tom Chapman

Omaha Omaha must become a more welcoming place to people who are not from here and people who are different – a solution to the provincial problem from Post One. A great bellwether for this problem is international immigrants. This is a key group not just as a bellwether but also because a high priority because immigrants can play key roles as entrepreneurs and highly skilled knowledge workers. In Omaha, international immigrants make up approximately … read more

2580_7201ed4432_small July 26, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha 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 … read more

2555_96b642cc44_small July 25, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Today, we're pleased to share with the you eleventh video in our Big Omaha 2011 Video Series, brought to you by CoSentry. This video features the one and only Gary Vaynerchuk of VaynerMedia and Daily Grape. In his talk, Gary brought a side of business and personality that only he can bring. He opened his presentation with a take on where things are at today in the business and … read more

2596_129b06d6ef_small July 25, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Rare Earth Solar co-founders Allen Kruse and Joseph Brewer met at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln while Brewer was getting his doctorate in inorganic chemistry and tutoring Kruse in his chemistry class. Brewer started telling Kruse about his solar technology invention and that he was thinking about starting a business. Kruse, a Navy veteran and businessman, has experience starting businesses, and it caught his attention. “After knowing each … read more

2597_8799bee19b_small July 24, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

These past few weeks I've been revisiting concepts I was first introduced to in middle school, high school and sometimes college by watching the free videos of Khan Academy. Found at, there's more than 2,400 videos, 10 to 20 minutes in length, covering a wide-range of subjects, from algebra to chemistry to current events … read more

2566_ff3691579c_small July 22, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City The slate of speakers at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Innovation Conference, held July 14 at H&R Block's world headquarters, helped illustrate the sort of innovation present in the city today. But the event's midday keynote provided a different perspective on innovation in the city, taking a look back. H&R Bloch co-founder Henry Bloch took part in a question-and-answer session with his son, Tom … read more

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