Silicon Prairie News

2577_5b4ef55b76_small July 19, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week on PrairieCast, we had Nate Becker from SHift and Uppward – in town for the week from Brooklyn, New York – as our first in-studio guest in the new configuration for the show. Additionally, Danny Schreiber, Silicon Prairie News's managing editor Skyped in from Omaha. Discussed this week "Silicon Prairie Feedback List, Version 1.0" … read more

2576_20b4aa7b51_small July 19, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Days after releasing findings from a study that showed lagging job creation from new businesses, the Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today outlined a new initiative aimed at jump-starting startups and, in turn, the economy as a whole. (Image, left, from Kauffman president and CEO Carl Schramm and vice president of research and policy Robert Litan presented a proposal to spur the ailing U.S. economy and increase job creation … read more

2575_17876d30b1_small July 19, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines What if the Silicon Prairie was home to Twitter? Is that a crazy question? Quite possibly. Does it spark discussion? Most definitely. And that's just what Scott Kubie (a.k.a. Scott Rocketship), a senior product designer at BitMethod, set out to do with the website "What if Des Moines…". "I was halfway through my shower Monday morning when I had an … read more

2574_b7bc9bce56_small July 19, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Today at 2 p.m. CDT we're excited to have Nate Becker, the fourth and last member of the Uppward founding team to appear on PrairieCast, join us in our Des Moines studio for episode 47. Nate, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, works remotely with both Uppward and SHift. We'll be talking about Dwolla founder Ben Milne's post that "starting a business in Iowa ... isn't hard", 9 Blue Labs debut, Syncbak's Series B funding and more. Silicon Prairie News managing editor, Danny Schreiber, will also pop in via skype to talk about the fast blossoming Silicon Prairie Feedback List initiative. … read more

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

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