Silicon Prairie News

2044_4df9f974f9_small April 5, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in at 1:30 p.m. CST today for Episode 32 of PrairieCast streaming live from the Webcast One studios. We'll be joined by guests Leann Jacobson of the Technology Association of Iowa and Dusty Davidson of Silicon Prairie News. Discussion topics will include Google Fiber coming to Kansas City, the VineMe launch, Big Omaha 2011 and more. PrairieCast is a live podcast, recorded weekly… read more

2038_08f08cf87c_small April 5, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha In its fourth day of beta testing, Jason Schwab presented MiAlio and walked Cornstalks attendees through the process of setting up an online profile for the personalized shopping portal. MiAilo is focused on discovering, shopping and sharing users’ experience based on the individual profiles of each shopper. MiAlio acts as an umbrella that directs customers to the products they want, Schwab said. "MiAlio is relevant to you – the person." read more

2040_477e72c756_small April 5, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Mark Rabe will succeed Gordon Whitten as chief executive officer of Sojern, the Omaha-based company announced today. Whitten founded Sojern, which provides destination-specific content and advertising on airline online boarding passes, and has served as CEO of the company since its inception in 2007. Whitten will stay on at Sojern, focusing on next generation partnerships and product expansion plans and continuing to serve on the board of directors. A Yahoo! veteran, Rabe (left, photo courtesy of Sojern) most recently served as the company's managing director of the United Kingdom and Ireland, where he was responsible for the company’s largest international market. Before that, he led Yahoo!’s efforts to grow relationships… read more

2037_b934afbc93_small April 5, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Ben Sinclair, co-founder of Uppward, presented the social travel application that makes it easier for travelers to chat, make connections and get value from in-flight conversations. The application allows users to add and check-in to specific flights and connect with fellow travelers sitting beyond their immediate row. “There is at least one person on a flight you should know,” Sinclair said on behalf of Uppward. “There’s got to be other people you… read more

2036_b00cad780f_small April 4, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Ben Milne presented Dwolla, a free, web-based software platform that allows users to send, receive and request funds from others users — all at a flat rate of 25 cents per transaction. Surrounded by an industry — credit and plastic cards — that Milne said generates $45 billion in annual fees for U.S. consumers, Dwolla circumvents the traditional payment avenues, which are littered with fees. Said Milne: “It’s like PayPal without the fees.” read more

2020_77305df3a4_small April 4, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Tickets to the Victoria Secret fashion show. Backstage tour passes with Kelly Clarkson. A free trip to Napa Valley. All of these things and more are possible with Facebook promotions and sweepstakes through Wildfire. The Wildfire app allows you to easily conduct fun, interactive promotions for brand marketing on the Facebook platform. Wildfire is based in Palo Alto, Calif. and has really caught fire (pun intended) in the last 12-18 months. … read more

2025_77c8ba0f71_small April 4, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, April 5th at 1:30 p.m. CST for Episode 32 of PrairieCast streaming live from the Webcast One studios. We'll be joined by guests Leann Jacobson of the Technology Association of Iowa and Dusty Davidson of Silicon Prairie News. Discussion topics will include Google Fiber coming to Kansas City, the VineMe launch, Big Omaha 2011 and more. PrairieCast is a live… read more

2035_6374da98de_small April 4, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha MindMixer co-founder and CEO Nick Bowden presented his company’s product, an idea-generation and concept-prioritization solution for city leaders, elected officials, stakeholder groups and professional organizations. MindMixer aims to create a kind of virtual town hall, eliminating some of the pitfalls of its brick and mortar brethren. Unlike traditional town hall meetings, where a small but vocal minority can drown out others and where apathy can keep people away, MindMixer uses websites to engage large numbers of people and give them all equal voice via an approval-driven… read more

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