Silicon Prairie News

2507_791da3d188_small July 13, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

In response to a post from William Fisher last week on the importance of honest and direct feedback, we put a call out to the community to help us spur connections and generate more feedback. Basically, we asked you, our readers, "Who's looking for feedback and who's willing to give it?" As expected, our community generously responded. At the … read more

2549_6c2690e3bc_small July 13, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Real auction marketplace Proxibid today unveiled its new online bidding application, Bidder App 5.0. With Bidder App 5.0's larger, streamlined interface, Omaha-based Proxibid aims to simplify the process of bidding online. Bidder App 5.0 features several noteworthy upgrades and new capabilities. Among them: The bid button is larger and includes the item price and multiplier if necessary. Bidders will know exactly how much they are bidding with every bid. … read more

2518_862d2d7fab_small July 13, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha I am often asked by entrepreneurs what skill set I feel is most important in the business world. The obvious ones like leadership, decision making and the art of delegation are all keys. However, I think that understanding the skills involved in negotiating can be quantified and acquired easier than some of the others and may be the key to most everything you do in the business world. I don’t claim … read more

2548_156c30df16_small July 13, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Cedar Rapids As discussed yesterday on PrairieCast, the organizers of the Cowtown to Boomtown event series in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City are streaming today's keynote presentation over the lunch hour. The speaker is Tom Chapman, director of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Chapman, who is also a regular guest contributor of Silicon Prairie News … read more

2545_068b28d1c1_small July 13, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Two brothers and their uncle have teamed up to open Kansas City's newest coworking space, Innovation cafe, in the former offices of an architecture firm in the city's Crossroads Art District. "After searching Kansas City for office incubators we couldn't find anything that could fit our needs," co-founder Jason Teeman said an in email earlier this week. His brother, Dustin, and uncle, David, are the other two co-founders and investors in … read more

2546_4836338521_small July 13, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Zach Cox grew up in Marshalltown and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Iowa State University, so he's no stranger to central Iowa. But when Cox moved to the Des Moines area last summer after spending several years on the East Coast and in Canada, he had to work to acclimate himself to the area's tech startup scene. "What I wanted to do as soon as I got back here was just try to network … read more

2521_47e031885d_small July 13, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Today, we're pleased to share with the you the tenth video in our Big Omaha 2011 Video Series, brought to you by CoSentry. The video features a great friend and true supporter of Big Omaha and the Silicon Prairie community, Micah Baldwin. Micah is the CEO and chief community caretaker of, a startup providing an immersive social experience and marketplace around digital comics and … read more

2540_0fb66233cd_small July 12, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Eliason Media founder James Eliason and recent technical hire, Levi Rosol, are teaming up to launch 9 Blue Labs on August 1. "At 9 Blue Labs," Eliason wrote in the company's first blog post, "we bring together exceptional ideas with … read more

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