Silicon Prairie News

1860_2e640d40b2_small March 11, 2011 by Dusty Davidson & Jeff Slobotski

Starting today, we at Silicon Prairie News are putting forth a fairly ambitious challenge: Get at least 25 new investors from the Silicon Prairie region registered on AngelList. Launched in February 2009 by Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi, the brilliant minds behind Venture Hacks… read more

1914_a882d1ce7d_small March 11, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln Calvin Pappas seems to eat, sleep and breathe online privacy policy. Sometimes almost literally. Pappas, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Nebraska and founder of online privacy manager said he has brushed up on internet privacy by reading more than 600 policies — most of which amount to 2,500 words of drowse-inducing legalese. “It’s a good way,” he said, “to fall asleep at night.” And for Pappas, it’s been a good… read more

1919_462343952b_small March 11, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln Although this presentation is directed towards the residents and ruling parties of Nebraska, its message is sure to ring true to the residents and ruling parties of the other so-called "Flyover States." Additionally, it'll be captivating to those interested in the branding of a state. At just about 48 minutes long, it's worth your time to watch it in its entirety. It was delivered at the Nebraska Summit on Entrepreneurship… read more

1917_1d6e904a88_small March 10, 2011 by Chris G. Shaw

Kansas City There is a wealth of technology news coming out of Kansas City this week. After securing a $1 million seed round for Zaarly, Bo Fishback is taking a leave of absence from Kauffman Foundation. The StartupBus visited Kansas City last night en route… read more

1916_378332262d_small March 10, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Hollrback, a startup that's made "context is everything" its mantra, illustrated an appreciation for the importance timing today with the release of its latest mobile offering. The context-based contact management system unveiled its Android app today (left, screenshots from, on the eve of South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas. "We're all about meeting people at the right place and at the right time," Hollrback said… read more

1853_29887e59b1_small March 10, 2011 by Christopher New

Des Moines (SmartyPig CEO Bob Weinschenk, middle, poses with co-founders Jon Gaskell, left, and Michael Ferrari pose for a picture at Finovate 2009. Photo by Christophe Langlois of Visible Banking, from When you're in the air as much as Bob Weinschenk, you should know where you're headed – even if the route is winding and long. But even the CEO of Des Moines-based SmartyPig, who commutes over 2,000 miles a week for his job… read more

1913_57bf623ba8_small March 10, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Austin (Photo from Seth and Alexa Andrzejewski via Flickr.) South by Southwest Interactive isn't a conference. It isn't a summit. It isn't a networking event. And it certainly isn't a party. Nope, it's all of those things, and because of that, it makes it one of the best places for a startup to launch or market its product, whether that's in a large, public way or one-to-one. Last year's event brought in over 14,000 attendees to Austin… read more

1890_12dd9f3912_small March 10, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines As someone who participated in the first Startup Weekend Des Moines (see my Silicon Prairie News guest post at the time: "Startup Weekend Des Moines is a success") back in July 2009 and had the chance to spend several hours at this past weekend's event… read more

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