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3259_9a89c52b6a_small December 8, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Des Moines We are sending out a special Thinc Iowa thank you to the amazing team at Microsoft BizSpark for their support of this year's event, as well as their continued support of our work at Big Omaha and Silicon Prairie News. Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, as well as providing them … read more

3274_51217dc854_small December 6, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha As we close out what has been an amazing year in the Silicon Prairie community, at Silicon Prairie News we're busy planning for what promises to be another year of exciting activities and continued growth. It's inspiring to look back just a little more than three years ago to the start of what continues to develop amongst our great startup and entrepreneurial community. It's because of you that we exist. The actions that you take each and every day to grow, develop, scale and launch your ideas into reality. … read more

3257_b739bde756_small December 6, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Des Moines The team at Silicon Prairie News would like to extend a gracious thank you to Quova, a Mountain View, Cal.-based company that sponsored our two premiere events, Thinc Iowa and Big Omaha. Founded in 2000, Quova helps businesses of all sizes optimize geolocation based data. Quova's services and information is used by some of the leading search engine providers … read more

3244_381d87029c_small December 2, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha As we hit the homestretch of 2011, we'll continue to take time to celebrate the accomplishments of the Silicon Prairie community on Silicon Prairie News, but we're already deep in planning our events of 2012. We're very excited for what's in store for our fourth annual Big Omaha – we'll kick it off the evening of Wednesday, May 9 and wrap it up the night of Friday, May 11. … read more

3149_b15ccfd6f6_small November 8, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Austin Yes, it is hard to believe, but we are a few short months away from South by Southwest Interactive 2012, to be held March 9-13 in Austin, Texas. For a second year, I was asked to serve on the advisory board for the SXSW Accelerator, taking place March 12-14. A live audience and a panel of expert judges will review the latest startups in social media … read more

3147_91feacf05e_small November 8, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Des Moines We want to extend a warm Thinc Iowa and Silicon Prairie News thank you to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for sponsoring the inaugural Thinc Iowa! The Kauffman Foundation has been one of our closest supporters, and we were thrilled to have them involved in this year's event around a topic we feel is important to continue developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem over the next several years and beyond. The Kauffman Foundation was established … read more

2968_9321d40aa5_small October 7, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Des Moines Today we're announcing two more amazing speakers to the Thinc Iowa slate. Please help me welcome Andy Murray and Doug Olson to the lineup! Andy Murray is the founder and chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi X, a world-wide advertising network. Andy is a serial entrepreneur … read more

2946_4563734325_small October 3, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski & Geoff Wood

Des Moines We're less than 20 days away from the inaugural Thinc Iowa event, and we're starting to experience a familiar surge of energy. As we felt with our first Big Omaha conference in 2009, we're overloaded with excitement and anticipation for what we're bringing to Iowa. As we inch closer to Oct. 21, we are channeling … read more

2810_233992fad5_small September 7, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Today, charity: water is celebrating their fifth birthday and we're thrilled to share a video with you that the team at charity: water produced as a thank you to the Big Omaha and Silicon Prairie News community! Here's the email they sent me with the entire community in mind as it's a testament to what our community did that made the amazing impact: Hi Jeff, My name is Lauren Miller and I'm … read more

2784_8600233098_small August 31, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

San Francisco Today I'm off to the sunny state of California, specifically the great city of San Francisco. Marcus Nelson of Salesforce asked me to assist in a few events related to their annual Dreamforce conference taking place this week. I'll be moderating and emceeing a panel as well as hosting a live show on the internal Salesforce Dreamforce channel on Thursday. The two events are "Social Content Creation: Stories of Unbridled Success and …  read more

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