Silicon Prairie News

Posts by Guest Contributor
5446_fb0afdfc2e_small March 22, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Sioux Falls (Guest post by June and Bobby George.) It's difficult to describe how we work together. It's more of an intuition, or a posture, than anything else. Nonetheless, we thought we'd share a few thoughts on the process, how we envision our collaboration, charting out the strengths just as much as the weaknesses. We'll also sprinkle in a little bit of the "why," which is, in many respects, the driving catalyst … read more

5411_ebdae277a8_small March 17, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Kyle Murphy.) It's damn hard to recruit and hire great user-centered design talent right now. Demand is palpably high. Supply seems depressingly low. Midwestern organizations are competing against every Silicon Valley startup throwing cash and options at the limited talent pool. To win the recruiting battle against companies in hotspots like San Francisco and New York City, your opportunity can't be … read more

5410_63194a7163_small March 16, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City As I write this, I am sitting on a bus with about 25 entrepreneurs from around the Midwest. We took a busload of tech entrepreneurs to the annual South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) festival in Austin, Texas. Long known as a great place to launch ventures and build buzz for your startup, we thought it was important for the emerging tech scene in the Silicon Prairie to be well-represented at "South by." So, we rented a bus (courtesy of the Kauffman … read more

5391_7a34434fe5_small March 13, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Nate Olson) This morning was a whirlwind. At 11:00 a.m. CST I joined a Google Hangout with a coffee shop full of smiling entrepreneurs in Reno, Nev., who were launching their very first 1 Million Cups. As I saw the excitement in this room packed with 50 or so entrepreneurs, I was overcome with joy. This joy comes from the realization that we are on the brink of a startup … read more

5350_1ca62644fb_small March 9, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines If you are like me when you read something or talk to someone you immediately add a phrase or word to a song, title, proper noun or really anything. Things pop into my head that are loosely correlated to what I am reading or hearing. For example when I first met Ben Milne and he said the name of his company was called Dwolla I immediately thought of the city Kuala Lumpur the capital of Malaysia … read more

5366_f3f3befbbf_small March 8, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Deana Ward.) Working with family and friends—like anything in life—can be completely awesome or totally awful. Over the course of my career, I've experienced both extremes (and everything in between). Currently, Gear Five Studio is a Petri dish for personal work relationships. My brother and I are business partners. Our art director is married to one of our graphic designers. Our sales guy and marketing assistant are siblings. Said sales guy dates our art director’s sister. Our newest developer is a close buddy of the same sales guy. Last week I ran an anonymous in-house survey … read more

5353_ad847ba4ac_small March 4, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha 2009: "You live in Omaha? When are you going to move away?" 2013: "Oh yeah, Omaha. I hear that's a pretty cool place." When I used to travel for business, my industry peers would always force themselves to feign interest in my answer to the usual first question: "Where are you from?" Oh, I'm from Omaha, I'd say. I love it there. It's a pretty exciting place to live right now and there's an awesome community … read more

5347_d57b252f07_small March 1, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City I'm not an expert. Honestly, I've only been to a single startup conference in my entire life: Thinc Iowa 2012 organized by Silicon Prairie News. Even so, that single conference changed the course of my life in several ways, many that I'm still discovering. With Silicon Prairie News' next conference Big Kansas City just a few short weeks away, here's what you should expect from it: 1. You will meet people that … read more

5346_c611bd2a66_small March 1, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Stephanie Jarrett.) My husband Paul and I have put our marriage to the test more than a few times. We've worked at ad agencies together, we've been poor together and we’ve moved cross-country more than once. Each time after moving furniture into a new apartment, in a new city, I've looked at Paul as we sit amongst our packed garbage bags and say, "We did it! And we hardly even argued." And Paul's common response is "If that's the hardest challenge we face, our lives will be cake." I used to think that moving, creating a home or financial strife were some of the toughest tests … read more

5319_d135764dca_small February 22, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by John Wirtz.) I'll never forget the most intimidating spreadsheet I ever had to face. It was winter 2009, and this piece of paper was just sitting there on my desk staring at me. It wasn't our sales goals for the year. It wasn't a list of the hairiest bugs in Hudl. It wasn't our steadily-decreasing statement of cash flows. It was a list of head football coach names, email addresses, and phone numbers from high schools here in Lincoln, Neb., and it was scaring the hell out of me. | Hudl in winter 2009: Going into the 2008 football season, our Hudl video analysis system was up and running … 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.

Vote!