Silicon Prairie News

1930_1f4d113953_small March 13, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Austin TechCrunch just broke the news that the highly-anticipated mobile app of South by Southwest Interactive, Zaarly – the startup that raised a $1 million seed round two weeks after it was founded – has now gone live with a beta (update 3:15 p.m.: not yet officially launched, but Zaarly has gone live at SXSW). "We facilitate in-person transactions so it… read more

March 12, 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

1915_f93c34a727_small March 11, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Since becoming a part of the Silicon Prairie News team nearly two years ago, and immersing myself in the entrepreneurial and business community of Iowa, I couldn't be more excited to make this announcement today. Coming this October, we will be holding the inaugural Thinc Iowa event in Des Moines, a conference on the common ground between corporations and startups. read more

1922_c5b913ba77_small March 11, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City An idea that jokingly turned into a tech challenge back in March 2010, the Startup bus stopped in at Kauffman Labs in Kansas City while en route to South by Southwest Interactive. StartupBus, the idea that coined the word "Buspreneurs," is an all-out 48-hour challenge to build a minimum viable product, but there's a twist: the tech entrepreneurs… read more

1907_67f67f6441_small March 11, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln was the first online pet store, and it's still growing after 15 years. Earlier this week, we profiled owner Darcie Krueger. When I met with Krueger, I asked her to give us some advice for entrepreneurs. Along with "don't buy the airplane," another thing Darcie says that’s gotten her company through the down times is her outlook on competition: "I don’t care about the competition, there’s enough money out there for everybody, and there… read more

1923_b6dc4d4087_small March 11, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha As we prepared to leave for South by Southwest Interactive, Dusty Davidson and Geoff Wood ran through stories of the past week and talked about our travels ahead. Discussed this week: "Zaarly closes $1 million seed round, Bo Fishback going full-time," "Archrival co-founders deliver a must-watch keynote: ‘FLYOVER’," "Thriving privacy site puts 19-year-old in high demand," "Challenge: 25 Silicon Prairie angel investors on AngelList… read more

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

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