Silicon Prairie News

2561_9e892275ea_small July 17, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

As entrepreneurs, individuals often set out to achieve dreams that most deem impossible. While the dream of former Des Moines resident Charlie Wittmack wasn't in business like the other entrepreneurs we cover, it's a dream that can't be ignored. Just over a year ago, he set out on the World Tri, a never before attempted 10,000-mile, 13-country swimming/biking/climbing adventure. At 8 a.m. this morning – if you've woken early enough and have … read more

2562_850f61a971_small July 17, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

With Friday's release of the final Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2", I've chosen a commencement address delivered by JK Rowling, the creator of the Potter franchise, for this week's Sunday Video. It's an excellent look into the mind of the woman who's given endless hours of enjoyment to millions of readers and movie-goers throughout the world. In Rowling's speech … read more

July 16, 2011 by Dusty Davidson

Every day I comb through my Google Reader reading sites like Hacker News and others, and star articles that are especially interesting about startups, entrepreneurship and miscellany. read more

2559_ea08d3786a_small July 15, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha In preparation for this week's Cowtown to Boomtown event in Cedar Rapids, Seed Here, the organization that runs the event, asked Tom Chapman, director of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, to write a paper digesting what he and other individuals, companies, organization and institutions have done to build up the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Omaha. From presenting Omaha's strengths and … read more

2557_2bad8280a6_small July 15, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha The band got back together. Recently returned from the land of fried potatoes and dipped sandwiches (that is, France), Dusty Davidson reunited with his old Weekly Wrap-Up co-host, Jeff Slobotski, to do today's show. And what a show it was. Things kicked off with discussion of Harry Potter, and what followed was, fittingly, WWU wizardry. A rundown of what Dusty and Jeff discussed in their review of the week that was on the Silicon Prairie … read more

2558_c0a12d8c88_small July 15, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Our friends at the Business Record ran several stories in their most recent issue highlighting the startup community in Des Moines, and like we did with Lynn Hicks' article in the Des Moines Register last week, we wanted to make sure our audience saw them as well. In the first article, writer Kyle Oppenhuizen interviews three prominent players in the local startup community, Mike Colwell of the Business Innovation Zone, Christian Renaud of Startup City Des Moines, and John Stineman of the Heartland Technology Alliance, about their … read more

July 15, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 62nd Opportunities on the Prairie today, with positions with Xuba and Deal Garden in Omaha, University of Nebraska Technology Park in Lincoln … read more

2553_5137ea8397_small July 15, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Lodo Software, which last made headlines with the February release of its FI Dashboad, is in the process of raising its fourth round of funding to prepare for what they believe is next in online banking – personalization. … read more

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