Silicon Prairie News

4268_a7e0c80d2e_small June 7, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The latest installment of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's animated Sketchbook Series illustrates one of the Kansas City, Mo.-based foundation's own programs. In the Sketchbook video, which is entitled "Go Fast, Grow Fast" and was released on Friday, Kauffman FastTrac president Alana Muller describes the organization … read more

4265_88f2ee8a71_small June 6, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City The winner of the inaugural Hack the Midwest event is already showing that 24 hours can deliver a product that not only works, but also one that's polished enough one to gain press and users. "The response has been phenomenal," said Michael Bleigh (left), who built Qup (pronounced "queue up"), an app that sends email notifications for new videos on Netflix Instant. Bleigh, a fellow at Washington D.C.-based Intridea and a Kansas City resident … read more

4255_ced0271acf_small June 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln The high school sports offseason is, it appears, prime shopping season for Hudl. For the second offseason in a row — and the second time inside a calendar year — Hudl has purchased its largest competitor. The Lincoln company, which makes web-based video analysis and coaching tools for sports teams, today announced it has acquired APEX Sports Software of Lower Burwell, Penn. Hudl paid cash, giving up no equity in the deal. No APEX employees will join the Hudl team, which currently stands at 54 employees. Today's news comes just 11 months after Hudl's July 2011 purchase of Digital Sports Video (DSV), which at the time was the second-largest player … read more

4251_87e3e0517a_small June 4, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Appcore, a Des Moines-based provider of cloud computing infrastructure, topped the list of companies recognized as part of the inaugural Flyover 50, an effort by Five Elms Capital to recognize the 50 fastest-growing companies in the middle of the country. All told, the Flyover 50 includes 11 companies based in the geographic area covered by Silicon Prairie News (parts of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska). The list was compiled by Five Elms Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm located in Prairie Village …  read more

4248_cc929d33dc_small June 4, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines The Business Innovation Zone announced Sunday the formation of the Plains Angels, an independent, nonprofit consortium of angel investors that plans to make investments in the areas of technology, agriculture and manufacturing. "We want to help (accredited) investors more efficiently access high-quality deal flow," said Mike Colwell (far left), director of the Business Innovation Zone, a community-sponsored, nonprofit business … read more

4241_2131d43f52_small June 1, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lenexa EyeVerify has closed a $1.4 million seed round, Toby Rush, the startup's founder and CEO, said Thursday. Think Big Ventures, a Kansas City, Mo.-based venture fund, led the round with an investment of $250,000. The Nebraska Angels and Mid-America Angels also contributed, as did numerous individual investors. As we reported in February, Lenexa, Kan.-based EyeVerify is bringing to market software that would enable the use of cameras on mobile devices to verify identity through images of the blood veins in the whites of people's eyes. The patented technology behind EyeVerify came out of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University … read more

4234_cb21e5a8a6_small May 31, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Nearly two months have passed since the last installment of our Gig Bits series. That gap in coverage can be explained, in part, by the fact that it's been all quiet on the Fiber front — at least from Google's side, anyway. The Kansas City Star reported earlier this month that the timetable for Fiber has been pushed back from Google's onetime deadline of June 30. “We’ll have an announcement about Google Fiber this summer,” a Google spokeswoman … read more

4225_50cf70d484_small May 29, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln Two Lincoln-based entrepreneurs have created a tool they believe can save political campaigns precious steps in the march toward election day. Meet Footwork, a mobile application designed to make door-to-door political canvassing more efficient, enjoyable and effective with the use of technology for routing canvassers and collecting data. Footwork was created by Tegan Snyder and Phil Montag, who work together under the name Etelligence Pioneers, or Etpio. As veterans of political campaigns, Snyder and … read more

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