Silicon Prairie News

Big Omaha
5686_d94ad4bcf1_small May 9, 2013 by Riane Menardi

Omaha For Tony Conrad, successful entrepreneurs aren’t starting companies—they’re starting movements. Conrad’s keynote kicked off Big Omaha, where he challenged the audience to think bigger. “Think and ask yourself, 'How does my product impact the world?'” he said. “How does this product capture imagination? And how can this product spark a movement?” Conrad started with this in mind. He saw the site as an opportunity ... read more

5678_e2134ad476_small May 9, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Omaha We're excited to welcome the following seven organizations sponsoring Big Omaha on the "supporter level" this year ... read more

5685_c88f3461af_small May 9, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Weren't able to make it to KANEKO today for our fifth annual Big Omaha? Don't worry. We're providing a free live stream starting at 9:00 a.m., thanks to our sponsor Hayneedle. Here's today's schedule … read more

5684_4c358993d8_small May 9, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City To get a jump on the action of our fifth annual Big Omaha today, join Des Moines entrepreneur Christopher New and Silicon Prairie News' Geoff Wood for AM Reboot, a morning podcast for geeks. These next two days, the hour-long live video show will be dedicated to the people, places and events of Big Omaha. AM Reboot is the flagship program of our streaming media partner, Quadrant5. Here's what's in store for today … read more

5683_21d786b775_small May 8, 2013 by Joe Stych

San Francisco Last October, Gentry Underwood took the stage at Thinc Iowa to discuss why approaching problems like a designer is crucial for entrepreneurs. He touched on tolerating uncertainty, the importance of focus, and identifying the "why" of your product. Plus, he teased his new iOS-based email client, Mailbox. A lot can happen in seven months. Since then, Underwood has launched Mailbox, filled 1 million reservations within the first … read more

5672_32115aaf94_small May 8, 2013 by Annie Sorensen & Fred Bauters

Omaha We all know the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but what about the Six Degrees of Jeff Slobotski? Big Omaha is bound to create thousands of connections, which will continue on long after Friday. Attendees can see the relationships being built as they scan … read more

5681_fff3723c52_small May 8, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha It's here. Big Omaha 2013 begins tonight. For the fifth year, we're inviting badge holders and the general public to join us at The Slowdown for the Big Omaha Opening Party. This year's shindig is brought to you by our premier sponsor, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In celebration of our high fashion brand, we're partnering with our friends at Omaha Fashion Week to bring the runway to the rock club. … read more

5673_12d42699e9_small May 7, 2013 by Dusty Davidson & Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Four and a half years ago, Sarah Lacy came through Omaha on a book tour, and unknowingly changed the entrepreneurial landscape across the Silicon Prairie. It wasn't any one thing she said to the audience, but rather the mere fact that people gathered together. Here you had a diverse mix of entrepreneurs, creatives, developers, marketers … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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