Silicon Prairie News

6740_ab9908ae6f_small April 22, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Nebraska Public Service Commissioner Anne Boyle said she's never seen companies as arrogant and unwilling to follow the rules as Uber and Lyft, two ride sharing services attempting to enter the Omaha market. The transportation companies appear to have plans to launch in Omaha, but have not yet applied to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to operate as a "licensed carrier… read more

6735_54a995bab8_small April 22, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines It's been a whirlwind couple of months for Des Moines ecommerce startup Men's Style Lab. In late Dec. 2013, the company's co-founder Derian Baugh learned he and CTO Aaron Hoffman had been accepted into gener8tor, a 12-week Madison, Wisc.-based accelerator… read more

6738_b0ae9e4d35_small April 22, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Uber and Lyft, two ride sharing services, will face an uphill legal battle as they try to enter the Omaha market. The Public Service Commission, the state agency that regulates transportation services like taxis and limos, sent cease-and-desist orders to both San Francisco-based companies Monday... read more

6722_bd9a2b2f49_small April 21, 2014 by Julia Hogren

West Des Moines In August 2011, Des Moines native and University of Wisconsin-Madison senior Brittany Brody founded Fampus, an event-based social platform for college campuses. It quickly took off at seven colleges around the Midwest, including Grand View University, Drake University, Simpson College, Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska at Lincoln and University of Wisconsin-Madison ... read more

6725_b314ca9020_small April 18, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Seven startups—three with a sports emphasis—were selected for NMotion, the Lincoln startup accelerator beginning June 2. This year’s cohort includes local startups Adolade, Digi Widgets, MusicSpoke and Pixobot, along with out-of-state startups Turnstile Cards,, and Athletepreneur who will be moving to Lincoln… 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

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

6699_409088a0d0_small April 14, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Kansas City MindMixer is closing its Nebraska offices and moving to Kansas City. The online civic engagement platform is moving nearly all of its operations by the end of the summer. MindMixer established an office in North Omaha's Mastercraft three years ago, and a KC office followed about six months later ... read more

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