Silicon Prairie News

7042_8efff89b3b_small July 9, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Kansas City Kansas City Mayor Sly James wants neighborhoods to come together again in the digital age. The city has partnered with Nextdoor, a private social network designed specifically for neighborhoods, to improve community engagement. Nextdoor is a three-year-old startup based out of San Francisco. read more

7047_e80498f71f_small July 9, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Kansas City We are thrilled to announce eight of our speakers for Big Kansas City today. Over the past six months we searched for incredible companies with founders who are set on changing the world. These first eight speakers are part of the equation that is sure to make Big Kansas City a life-changing experience.  read more

6997_d70fefe0fa_small July 9, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City Last year we compiled lists of companies from each region you should be following on Twitter in anticipation of our annual Silicon Prairie Awards. It worked so well that we decided to update those lists this year, but this time, we're widening the playing field a little bit… read more

7046_a6333e7a35_small July 8, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Kansas City Maybe it’s best to not think of Big Kansas City 2014 as a conference, but instead a celebration of the progress and determination of the builders, collaborators and innovators that make up our community. The first glimpse of Big Kansas City 2014 on June 27 came with the release of this year’s identity, crafted by Kansas City’s own Cremalab. read more

7041_821b12e9d0_small July 8, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Nathan Preheim realizes most people are probably thinking, "What the hell?" right now. That's because Preheim, co-founder and COO of MindMixer, arguably one of the region's most successful startups, has stepped down. His new gig? COO of Kugler Vision, an Omaha ophthalmology practice. He'll be in charge of on-boarding patients, training new hires, optimizing work flow, marketing and sales. read more

7034_af297629bc_small July 8, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Earlier this year, ClusterFlunk expanded its platform to more than 50 universities across the country. Now the company is growing its investor connections across state lines to the Windy City. The Iowa City-based startup announced Tuesday it closed a $1 million round of funding led by Chicago-based venture capital firm Lightbank. Local early-stage fund, Built by Iowa, also contributed to the round.  read more

7037_e6ef573206_small July 7, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln In the past 25 years, walk-in traffic at banks has dropped 90 percent. And with that decline, so has the opportunity to talk with customers. read more

7040_d0bba3ba52_small July 7, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Chase Jarvis thinks creativity is the new literacy, and by that, he means “creativity is the fundamental building block of the solution to every problem the world has ever seen, has ever known and will ever know.” In our latest Big Omaha speaker video, Jarvis expands on this thought in his "three act play." read more

The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.