Silicon Prairie News

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

2541_e22f172ced_small July 12, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On this week's PrairieCast Andy Brudtkuhl and booked guest Amanda Styron, co-founder of SeedHere in Cedar Rapids to talk about her upcoming "Cowtown to Boomtown" series of events. Instead of just Styron, we had surprise guests Josh Cramer … read more

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

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