Silicon Prairie News

4019_3a2ecd8370_small April 24, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Handmark, a mobile app developer in Kansas City, Mo., last week released its full-version of POWOW for Android, a text messaging app it believes is a cut above the rest. "While a number of text messaging products exist for Android, we saw the need for a single solution that easily combines the capabilities for one-to-one and group texting," Augie Grasis, chairman of the board for Handmark, said in press release. After launching POWOW on April 3 as a peer-to-peer text messaging app … read more

4026_c00c0a1e93_small April 24, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Columbia Newsy today announced the availability of its channel on Roku, a streaming player. Newsy, a Columbia, Mo.-based news startup that we originally featured last summer, delivers the news of the day in multisource videos 2-3 minutes long that highlight the key differences in reporting from media outlets around the world. Those videos are now part of Roku's news and weather category. Users can add the Newsy channel to their Roku player for free and get instant access to the latest Newsy videos. Newsy produces 20 videos per day … read more

4021_8f2ebc53d6_small April 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City A new coworking spot in Iowa City is open for business. And for busyness. Busy Coworking earlier this month officially opened the doors to its third-floor space at 218 East Washington St. It's starting small but has plenty of room to grow as it aims to provide affordable, comfortable workspace to independent professionals in downtown Iowa City. The opening was the culmination of a year worth of work by co-founders Sheila Samuelson and Jordan Running. Samuelson, a sustainable business … read more

4018_69d29e55de_small April 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

San Francisco Singly has raised $7 million in a Series A round led by the Foundry Group, All Things D reported this morning. The startup, which … read more

3975_9c298b4404_small April 20, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha Because of strict regulations, businesses in the financial industry can't tweet just anything. Messages have to be approved by compliance officers. Only now with all these different social media avenues, compliance officers have a lot more to review. "We get asked, 'Can you make it easier?' " said Ben Pankonin, co-founder, along with Matt Secoske … read more

3969_853e39001e_small April 19, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha The Gerlock brothers' grandfather started JBG Farms in the '50s. It's now a multi-million dollar business on 3,000 acres with operational costs upward of $2 million per year. But, perhaps surprisingly to the farming outsider, the average salary of a farmer is $47,000. That means a lot of money is coming and going without staying in the farmer's pocket. "Farmers have little control over what they can buy," … read more

3997_a1cb4034e7_small April 19, 2012 by Michael Stacy

The Midwest outpaced every part of the country except the South in terms of percentage growth of venture capital investment during the second half of the last decade. And, in most cases, it wasn't even close. So says an infographic on regional VC funding and startup growth published this week. Venture 51, an early-stage venture fund based in Scottsdale, Ariz., published the infographic Tuesday in a post on its blog. Column Five created the graphical representation for Venture 51, using data from such sources as Silicon Valley Bank, Global Insight and Pricewaterhouse Cooper. According to the infographic, the Midwest from 2005-2010 saw a 103-percent … read more

4000_df81677099_small April 19, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Prairie Village AgLocal, one of Kansas City's most talked-about tech startups of 2012, has teamed with Thad Langford, the executive behind one of Kansas City's most ballyhooed tech acquisitions of 2011. And — no surprise here — the startup continues to garner plenty of attention from investors and media outlets alike. More on that alliance and those investors in a moment. But first, while it's still hot off the presses, the media attention: AgLocal, a marketplace … read more

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