Silicon Prairie News

3679_8e3f531b74_small February 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Get Thad Langford going, and he'll talk at length about the importance of entrepreneurs who have made successful exits investing in other startups. With his involvement in Leap2, Langford is walking the walk to back that talk. Langford, who is currently the executive in residence at OpenAir Equity Partners, was at the helm of Zave Networks when it was acquired by Google in September. Since that acquisition, Langford seems to have … read more

3686_f7e0832876_small February 27, 2012 by Adrienne Baughman

Des Moines As Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad attends the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, DC, today, some key startup legislation is currently being held in the Senate Judiciary Committee by fellow Iowa Republican, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley. "I think we are really looking at about a six week window for Congress to act," said Cameron Cushman, an associate … read more

3675_ab1123c9e4_small February 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

For a project that's expected to enable uploads and downloads at ultra-fast speeds, Google Fiber has come into focus at a plodding pace. But thanks to reports that surfaced over the weekend and early this week, people are beginning to connect the dots between recent Google activity in two Silicon Prairie hubs. First, several outlets reported over the weekend that Google had submitted an amended application to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to build an antenna farm on the same … read more

3676_17d65293ed_small February 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park SocialVolt, an Overland Park, Kan. startup that makes social media management … read more

3673_bfceb099bb_small February 23, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City One year ago, Bo Fishback, then president of Kauffman Labs in Kansas City, returned home from a weekend trip to Los Angeles with one thing on his mind: Zaarly. Today, that one thing is his full-time job. Over the past 365 days, Fishback took a frustration – at 6 feet 8 inches tall, he longed for a way offer other airline … read more

3671_2c8876e2b0_small February 22, 2012 by Macy Koch

Des Moines Tikly, an online ticketing service in Des Moines, today is rolling out its custom web and ecommerce system, a new version that allows users to create ticketing events on their own. "The first chapter of Tikly was a ticketing service that we built out using a third party ecommerce system," Emma Peterson, the 22-year-old founder and CEO of Tikly, said. "We proved the concept worked using the system, so we … read more

3664_b20a07f5fb_small February 22, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City You know how the adage goes: identity is in the eye of the phone holder. All right, maybe that's not the exact turn of phrase. But Toby Rush hopes that becomes conventional wisdom in the near future. Rush is the founder and CEO of the startup EyeVerify, and his vision for the future of identity verification … read more

3665_f6ad8457f4_small February 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha PeggyBank has closed a $500,000 Series A round, company founder and CEO Jim Simon said in a phone interview. Although Simon declined to divulge specifics about the first outside funding his startup has taken … read more

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