Silicon Prairie News

1904_8f3775fe6a_small March 8, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln Almost 10 years ago to this day, a Silicon Prairie-based ecommerce startup, SitStay, was featured by Inc., a print and online magazine featuring stories and tips for small business owners. At the time the article was published, SitStay was in its fourth year of operation, and while the previous year saw the iconic dot-com failure of, the Lincoln-based startup was recording its fourth year of profits. Today… read more

1873_c31206e10b_small March 8, 2011 by John T. Meyer

Launch day — the moment your startup, blog, business, or new idea had circled on its calendar. The process of getting to that day can be arduous, and perhaps what you launch isn't really the finished product or service you want to display. There has to be an easier way, right? Say hello to LaunchRock. LaunchRock is a slick web app that allows… read more

1771_743fceb4f4_small March 8, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Austin As we hinted in a post a few weeks ago, saying that we had a "special project cooking up in the Silicon Prairie News office" for South by Southwest Interactive, we're now ready to release it to the public. We present the "SPN at SXSW" page. In an effort to showcase the individuals and companies making an impact on the annual event of international acclaim and highlight the party we're holding… read more

1899_35aa311add_small March 8, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Austin he clock is ticking – we're just a few days away from the Second Annual Silicon Prairie Party at South by Southwest Interactive and we want to express a huge thank you to our sponsors from across the region! The event will again take place at the Lanai Rooftop Lounge on Sunday, March 13th. The fun begins at 9 p.m. and will last until at least 1 a.m. We encourage you to RSVP on Facebook: "Silicon Prairie Party Presented by Hollrback." We had a such an amazing time last year… read more

1896_399680be6f_small March 7, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8th at 1:30 p.m. CST for Episode 28 of PrairieCast streaming live from the Webcast One studios. We'll be joined by guests Hillary Brown of OnPitch and Lava Row and Mike Templeton of ScoreYard and Kum & Go. Discussion topics will include the upcoming South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, Startup Weekend Des Moines, the Dwolla meetup and more. PrairieCast is a live… read more

1889_b11fee8cf5_small March 6, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Ten startups, each 54 hours old, gave their final pitch tonight to a panel of judges and "Unleash Heroes" emerged as the winner of Startup Weekend Des Moines. The Unleash Heroes concept is to devise a tracking and reward system of "hero points" to honor and encourage the heroic activities that people do in their everyday lives, like giving blood or volunteering. read more

1887_f0649fb7ce_small March 6, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Startup Weekend Des Moines is entering into it's final hours. What began with 32 ideas thrown out to the crowd of 80-some participants has now been refined to 9 final teams who will pitch tonight beginning at 5:00 PM. Judges will deliberate while dinner is served around 7:30 PM with final awards planned for 8:30 PM. The final pitches are open to the public and are being streamed live, courtesy of host sponsor Des Moines Amplified. read more

1886_a892c8598c_small March 6, 2011 by Geoff Wood

For this week's Sunday video, we've chosen the final pitch from Foodspotting at the Women 2.0 Startup Weekend held nearly eighteen months ago in San Francisco. The pitch is done in Alexa Andrzejewski who spoke on the entrepreneur panel at last year's Big Omaha. Foodspotting is arguable one of the most successful companies to come out the Startup Weekend model, and was... read more

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