Silicon Prairie News

2419_b3b364adb8_small June 17, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Iowa City Earlier this week, I saw a tweet that Fundle, a startup building an app to split payments amongst friends for things like hotel rooms or wedding gifts, had applied to PayPal for access to their production API in order to "work w/ real money." Interested to see how they had moved forward since their idea emerged from the latest Startup Weekend Des Moines, I reached out to Fundle CEO Shannon Thomas via email to learn about their progress. …  read more

2407_9c16d47a03_small June 17, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha It's no longer the "Greatest Show On Dirt," but the NCAA Men's College World Series will make "History Happen Here" when the opening ceremonies kick off tonight. With this being the inaugural year at TD Ameritrade Park, the CWS will be a new experience – perhaps maybe even a new ballgame – for players, coaches and fans as they learn the lay of the land and the surrounding parking lots. read more

2418_14b582a408_small June 17, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Regis and Kelly? Psshhtt. Lauer and Couric? Come on. Downs and Walters? Please. None of those notable television tandems have (or had) anything on Silicon Prairie News' dynamic duo of Jeff Slobotski and Brittany Mascio. We learned that today when Jeff and Brittany combined forces for the first time on the WWU, in Brittany's debut on the big show. The WWU was as banter-y as ever, and that banter had a deliciously 90s flavor, complete with references to Tag Team and Milli Vanilli … read more

2384_b46793475e_small June 17, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Ten days ago, the day Dwolla launched GRID, which we called a "Facebook connect" for its payment network, the startup's founder and CEO Ben Milne tweeted about the day's activities: "Today is insane. No idea what else to say." And later, in a screenshot, embedded above, he showed the hockey stick jump in site traffic. While he might have been speechless that day, we've since caught up with Milne to hear more about GRID … read more

2412_8da73a8f07_small June 16, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln From the outset, Nebraska Global has touted the potential that exists where "nerds and money" intersect. But to folks outside the Lincoln-based venture fund's Haymarket office, what Nebraska Global has represented since its launch in late 2010 has been mostly that — potential. Well, the tangible realization of that potential is under way, marked most recently by the launch of its first product. ICORA, one of Nebraska Global's forecasted 10 spinoffs, on June 1 released Mako XRM … read more

2413_0f29bf286d_small June 16, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha After an awesome four months with us in the Silicon Prairie News office as the spring content and event intern, Brittany Mascio is sticking around for three more months as our summer content and event intern. Needless to say, she rocks at what she does – from compiling links and Silicon Prairie startup love in our weekly Prairie Moves to hustling late into the night to make sure all went according … read more

2392_570af2ea6b_small June 16, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines VolunteerLocal has a clear message for event organizers seeking a better way to orchestrate volunteer forces: if you want your volunteer process to excel, scrap the old spreadsheet. "We know we’ve fixed the problem, and I think a lot of our big task is educating the market that there’s tools like this available," said Brian Hemesath, VolunteerLocal’s founder. "Our biggest competition is … read more

2408_20e80b2245_small June 16, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Today we are thrilled to unveil the second video in our Big Omaha 2011 Video Series, brought to you by CoSentry. In the video above, Bo Fishback, co-founder and CEO of Zaarly, a proximity-based, real-time buyer powered-market which rolled out its platform on May 19 (six days after this talk), provided insight around the process of announcing, building and launching a product within a matter of months. read more

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