Silicon Prairie News

6713_15694e5c11_small April 17, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Omaha In 1916, Ford built a factory in North Omaha to manufacture Model T cars. Over the next century, it's had a history that includes a 50-year run as the Tip Top factory—the maker of hair curlers and bobby pins—then a tire warehouse until someone bought the building to repurpose it… read more

6709_f429eb07ca_small April 17, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Omaha Code School is ready for round two. Applications opened Thursday for its second class, which will run from July 28 through Oct. 17. The first class of developers is set to finish in a month, May 16. "We want to be a benefit to the community year round," Code School instructor Sumeet Jain said. "We're going to need a lot more than 13 graduates [to fill the need for developers in the community]." ... read more

6712_488cc27e3d_small April 17, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines They say that victory is sweet, but in Phil James' case, it was also pretty spicy. Yesterday amateur competitive eaters and community members gathered at East Village's Tacopocalypse for the second Change Challenge… read more

6715_a1b271f72e_small April 16, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Two Lincoln startups are among the best places to work in the second-largest city in Nebraska. Hurrdat earned third-place honors among small companies while Hudl placed second among medium-sized companies. About 100 companies were nominated for the awards, which were determined by a workplace survey designed by Omaha's Quantum Workplace ... read more

April 16, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Kansas City Google Fiber for business seems to be coming closer to fruition. Some Kansas City businesses received emails this week saying Google will do a pilot program for small businesses in the area in exchange for feedback. The test pilot is ... read more

6714_bd4e854b82_small April 16, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Over the past few months, entrepreneurs, co-workers and local community leaders have gathered at StartupCity Des Moines to discuss the needs of the central Iowa startup community, particularly in regards to what will happen after StartupCity's funding runs out at the end of September. Now StartupCity principals Christian Renaud and Tej Dhawan have compiled suggestions and community input ... read more

April 15, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Kansas City Lyft, the ridesharing service with the pink mustaches on cars, appears to be sniffing out the Omaha and Kansas City markets. Facebook and Craiglist ads for drivers have popped up in recent weeks and now Lyft employees are working out ... read more

6701_d037529d6f_small April 15, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Next month, 3 Day Startup will bring its weekend-long event to Iowa. The international organization, focused on building entrepreneurial communities on college campuses, will select 40 students from around the region to participate in the first Iowa-based 3 Day Startup event. The event is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Business Building. While 3 Day Startup is only open to accepted participants ... read more

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