Silicon Prairie News

2059_ca2b0e3012_small April 11, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha As a postlude to our eight-post series on the demonstrations that took place at Cornstalks Demo Night on March 31, we once again present our recap of the demo night and links to the eight demonstrations we've… read more

2082_c7a72d41ab_small April 10, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Before you continue reading, be warned by Dave McClure's own admission: "I know I'm sort of bumming you all out right now." If you're not afraid of to be bummed out (and can tolerate a video with a high volume of curse words), I encourage you to take the next 25 minutes to watch the video below. Once finished, instead of bummed, I imagine you'll be quite… read more

April 9, 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

2080_b662bac3ef_small April 8, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (This is a guest post written by Jordan Lampe, director of communications for Dwolla.) Chock-full of some Iowa’s biggest names, like Pioneer, Principal and Iowa Health (heck, even governor Terry Branstad dropped by), the aerial- and carnival-themed event was yet another successful platform that displayed Iowa’s growing confidence in its own tech industry. Hosted by Frank Russell (formerly of GeoLearning), the light-hearted event highlighted numerous… read more

2078_5647e40564_small April 8, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha The first Silicon Prairie News Meetup wrapped up last night with more than 50 people in attendance at Brazen Head Irish Pub in Omaha. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by; it was great for us to reconnect with some of you and meet others for the first time. Big Omaha tickets were a hot topic of discussion last night, breaking the ice quite nicely for continued … read more

2058_26617c626a_small April 8, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Mentioned this week: "Big Omaha 2011: MC and more speakers added, tickets sold out," David Hauser on Twitter: @dh, "Q&A: Josh Inkenbrandt of Inkstagram, a site for Instagram pics," "Cornstalks Demo Night: Hollrback demo by Gabe Kangas," "Cornstalks Demo Night: Kaimi demo by Kimo Scott," "Cornstalks Demo Night: Sensus demo by Chuck… read more

2054_aa2135cef1_small April 8, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Jason Kruse always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur. He built his first website when he was in eighth grade and then in high school he teamed up with a friend from his math class. "We just kind of made more hobbyist type of websites that we would then sell," Kruse said, "but I wouldn’t call it a full-time business." Fast forward to fall of 2010, when Jason came up with Mr. Decals. "I wanted to make a couple of decals for this table tennis club I was in, as funny as that sounds," Kruse said. "So, yeah, I got online and searched around and tried to find a place to do it, and there were places… read more

2057_9ede125ba2_small April 8, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Hollrback founder Gabe Kangas presented his company’s context-specific, event-based contact-management system. That description, Kangas said, is "a fancy way of saying that when you meet people, we’re going to try to take care of making that information useful to you." Technical difficulties prevented us from recording Kangas' presentation on Demo Night, but he was kind enough to record another version for us. A few highlights from… read more

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