Silicon Prairie News

2542_3dfac7da44_small July 12, 2011 by Tom Chapman

Omaha The Silicon Prairie Region needs to increase its population. Omaha has lagged fast growing cities like Austin for the last 50 years. In 20 years, one key indicator of success as an entrepreneurial an innovative hub will be whether the community has added people. Places like Silicon Valley and Austin have shown meteoric increases in population alongside their increases in reputation. Within that scope … read more

2511_bd53dde986_small July 12, 2011 by Danny Schreiber & Brittany Mascio

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

2536_c44d847233_small July 12, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us at 2 p.m. CDT for Episode 46 of PrairieCast streaming live on the web from beautiful Des Moines. Our guest will be Amanda Styron, co-founder of the new organization SeedHere working to further innovation in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area. We'll be discussing the "Cowtown to Boomtown" events series that Styron is coordinating this week as well as Hudl's acquisition news … read more

2530_be5c7e9513_small July 12, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Columbia Telling the story of his move from northern California to middle Missouri, Jim Spencer peppers in a couple of punch lines that have become well-polished with use. In 2008, Spencer relocated from San Francisco to Columbia, Mo. to start Newsy, a provider of multi-platform, multi-source video news analysis. "I explained to the folks in northern California," said Spencer, “that really the two main … read more

2534_ddd6b7854e_small July 11, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln Lincoln-based Hudl, a company that has made it a mantra to "dominate," appears poised to do precisely that in terms of market share, thanks to an acquisition announced today. Hudl, which makes web-based video coaching and analysis tools, purchased Digital Sports Video (DSV), its primary competitor in the high school football market. With the acquisition of DSV, which is based in Reno, Nev. and works with more than 3,000 high schools, Hudl now has a client list of about 6,500 high schools. …  read more

2533_f9aafbffda_small July 11, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Austin As you stand in the back of one of the room at Austin Convention Center at South by Southwest do you ever wonder: "Why are they speaking at SXSW?" More often then not, the … read more

2532_c15a2fd92b_small July 11, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Prompted by one of William Fisher's guest posts and regular offline discussions I've had regarding the need for more feedback, especially the honest and direct feedback Fisher calls for, we've begun to assemble a regional Feedback List. Individuals who are either willing to provide feedback or who are looking to receive feedback are encouraged to sign up. On Wednesday, we'll publish the first iteration of the Feedback List which will simply list out the names and … read more

2519_2c2d176562_small July 11, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Today, we're pleased to share with the you the ninth video in our Big Omaha 2011 Video Series, brought to you by CoSentry. This video features Erich Broksas of the Startup America Partnership. Broksas is a senior vice president at the Case Foundation, and is also serving as the partnership development lead for the Startup America Partnership. With a deep business background, and having worked in several entrepreneurial environments himself … read more

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