Silicon Prairie News

7129_12c998a7e8_small July 29, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Urbandale BirdDogHR isn't a startup. In fact, the Urbandale, Iowa-based company is almost 16 years old. But over the past few years, the company has developed a more entrepreneurial focus.  read more

7108_e67a9167db_small July 25, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln In the hot arid desert in Tucson, Ariz., there's an airplane graveyard—thousands of retired and junked Cold War-era military aircraft waiting for disposal. Planes are getting retired faster than they could dispose of them. And now, those same planes can be in your home, as tiles. read more

7099_f07a79d43f_small July 23, 2014 by Kate Brosseau

Kansas City They say experience is the best teacher, and for Brendan Reilly, that quip resonates in more ways than one. As founder and CEO of Kansas City-based Eon Sports VR, Reilly has created a virtual world where athletes practice their mental and physical game. Although simulators and virtual reality technology are nothing new in the gaming industry, Reilly seems to have finally given athletics a reason to step off the field and into an on-field experience, without turf, equipment or brain-rattling hits. read more

7098_8976edfb62_small July 23, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Beehive Industries has filled a $2.5 million Series A investment from St. Louis-based Advantage Capital. The Lincoln-based startup provides infrastructure management and mapping software to utilities, city government and construction companies… read more

7071_66677d197f_small July 22, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Prairie Village It's not quite back-to-school season yet, but Kansas City-based startup career finding Briefcase is getting a new look and a few new ways to interact with its users.  read more

7076_f7abf7bbc5_small July 17, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha 1 Million Cups Omaha-Lincoln has shared founding stories, success stories, post-mortems and Wednesday, an acquisition story from Craig Walter of It's Deductible, a tax software startup acquired by the makers of TurboTax in 2003… read more

7051_9f82de9a8b_small July 17, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Nearly every startup has had to pivot in some form or another. A tweak here or there. But two entrepreneurs from Florida taking part in the NMotion Accelerator in Lincoln have made a pretty drastic change: creating a company that helps athletes become entrepreneurs to creating an app for on-demand lawn care. Co-founders Mike Fingado and Brian Dzingai figured out early in the program the first idea wasn't something they'd be able to launch and scale quickly enough.  read more

7070_1be4ac9674_small July 15, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Now with only a few swipes, and a tap or two, Google Glass wearers around the country can pay merchants using Dwolla. But the Des Moines-based payments startup isn't the one behind the development. The Members Group (TMG), a Des Moines-based financial services company that provides payments processing solutions, announced the Google Glass app—called See2Pay—during its Executive Summit in Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Tuesday.  read more

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