Silicon Prairie News

3718_c44feee8fc_small March 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln Archrival last week laid claim to another Facebook first. Archrival, the Lincoln-based youth marketing agency that's part of the Austin, Texas-based Dachis Group, launched Red Bull's new Facebook Timeline as one of a select few Facebook partners that were given early access to Timeline for brands. As part of the new Red Bull Facebook page, Archrival introduced Red Bull Timeline Timewarp … read more

3750_ce0d337bf4_small March 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced in a press release Monday that RareWire is … read more

3728_2a387328b5_small March 2, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines The official "city badge" for the five winners of foursquare's #VisitUS contest debuted this afternoon and for Des Moines that means a new global look at the Iowa State Fair's famous butter cow. Des Moines entry to the contest was spearheaded by students in Chris Snider's Social Media Strategies … read more

2995_754b33749f_small March 1, 2012 by Willis Jackson

Overland Park While starting a successful company usually requires exceptional effort, a founder sometimes is able to transcend what is normal even for hardworking entrepreneurs. Brian Gruber (left) has built Lucky Orange by himself, integrating a variety of technologies and lessons from his background into a comprehensive web marketing and analytics package. In doing so, he has managed to position the product at a price … read more

3716_c04dc9ed59_small March 1, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

San Francisco Wednesday morning, we broke news that Omaha startup closed a $5.4m Series A round led by Capricorn Investment Group, an investment arm of eBay founding president Jeff Skoll and other entities. Capricorn's co-founder and chief information officer is Stephen George, a native Nebraskan … read more

3714_c2567523f4_small March 1, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Another day, another report of paperwork that could shed light on Google's plans for its Fiber network in Kansas City. FierceCable on Monday reported it had unearthed a patent application that indicates Google has developed a fiber deployment method and device that could allow the company to connect homes to its ultra high-speed network in Kansas City without digging trenches in the yards of subscribers. That news comes on the heels of reports that Google … read more

3713_36829e1dd8_small February 29, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Citing unnamed sources, Business Insider today reported that Iowa native and Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher participated in Dwolla's $5 million Series B round that the startup announced earlier this month. "Sources tell us Ashton Kutcher, an Iowa native, is the mystery investor," Insider's Alyson Shontell, who also covered Dwolla's Series B, wrote. When reached by phone this evening, Dwolla's director of communications, Jordan … read more

3703_4460928069_small February 29, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Xuba, the Omaha-based social commerce startup behind social beauty store and network, closed a $5.4 million Series A round, the company's co-founder and CEO Julie Mahloch (above) confirmed in an interview on Monday. Capricorn Investment Group led the round with a $5 million investment. Capricorn, which is the investment arm of eBay founding president Jeff Skoll and other entities, will soon open an Omaha office under … read more

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