Silicon Prairie News

2502_17e75a052f_small July 5, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On Sunday, the Des Moines Register published an article that's apropos to our audience, "Why is it so hard to start a business in Iowa?" For the article, executive business editor Lynn Hicks interviewed two entrepreneurs and six key individuals in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, specifically looking at what the state and local governments can do "to … read more

2500_190175fbb2_small July 5, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in at 2 p.m. today for Episode 45 of PrairieCast streaming live from beautiful dowtown Des Moines. Today's show will be a new adventure, as we're now broadcasting from Silicon Prairie News' office. We'll have SPN editor Michael Stacy with us to discuss the news of the week, including Thinc Iowa, the Startup Foundation Des Moines, two music-related product launches and more. … read more

2493_a6b71fda14_small July 1, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha At last night's Cornstalks, a monthly gathering for pre-seed and seed entrepreneurs in high growth businesses, tech entrepreneur and investor John Grange shared his experiences with his former company, PowerDNN, and his current stealth startup, Layered Innovations. Throughout his presentation, Grange delivered lessons learned about raising capital and integrating into the entrepreneurial … read more

2497_a00bee4309_small July 1, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Today, I get to tell you about something else that's been in the works for several weeks: Startup Foundation … read more

2496_d0f1475403_small July 1, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines As iPhone users logged some 1.5 million miles on Uppward, the Des Moines-based creators of the flight-based social application fielded frequent requests from Android users to bring the app to their platform. Consider those requests granted. And then some. Uppward’s James Eliason announced Tuesday that Uppward will launch a Facebook app and is currently accepting beta testers … read more

2494_19adc29d2a_small July 1, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Some folks might use the impending holiday weekend as an excuse to shirk work responsibilities or mail it in at the office today. Fortunately for you, the powers that be at the Weekly Wrap-Up are not among those folks. Today's pre-Independence Day show was bigger and better — OK, it was at least bigger — than usual, featuring three hosts (Danny, Brittany and me) and a full 25 minutes of WWU action. Now, truth be told, the last couple minutes devolved into a messy mix …  read more

July 1, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 60th Opportunities on the Prairie today, with positions with SharePlow in Omaha, Swanson Russell in Lincoln, SHift and Catchfire Media in Des … read more

2487_efcd44d5cf_small June 30, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Wichita The Nebraska Angels, a consortium of individual angel investors, have made their first substantial investment in a non-Nebraska company. Yesterday, the group announced its participation alongside Kansas and California investment groups in a $1.8 million investment in Nitride Solutions, a Wichita, Kan.-based tech company. Though terms of the deal were not disclosed, Nebraska Angels board member Jay Wilkinson told us in an … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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