Silicon Prairie News

2938_3dcd33d3b1_small September 30, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines After Jake Kerber took third place with his first competitive presentation of Locusic and finished runner-up in his second try at pitching the startup competitively, Kerber and Locusic climbed to the top of the podium Thursday at Pitch & Grow 5 at the Des Moines Social Club. Locusic, a free music application that streams songs from bands based within 50 miles of the listener's location, won the fifth rendition of the Technology Association of Iowa's daylong pitch competition. Locusic edged out … read more

2936_9a9704b3fc_small September 29, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Tonight's Cornstalks, a monthly gathering hosted by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce for individuals interested in high growth entrepreneurship, was an insightful look into the mind of one of Omaha's great entrepreneurs turned investor, Mark Hasebroock. Our editor, Michael Stacy, will have a recap in the coming days – stay tuned to learn about purple feet, popcorn, suspenders … read more

2926_db408db48a_small September 28, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha With the publishing of William Fisher's post today in which he lends his advice to the contestants of the recent Startup Weekend Omaha, it reminded me that I shot a bunch of photos of the Sunday pitches. I had planned on posting them the following day, September 19, but it slipped through the cracks that day and this past week. So following the … read more

2925_4f440f107c_small September 28, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Ruby Midwest is returning to Kansas City Nov. 4-5, and time is running short for purchasing general admission tickets for the conference. The single-track conference will feature two days of talks, including day-end keynotes from "Uncle" Bob Martin, a … read more

2920_bab06f1ea1_small September 27, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) today announced the presenters for Pitch & Grow 5, which will take place from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday at the Des Moines Social Club (400 Walnut St.). Entrepreneurs from the following companies are scheduled to pitch. Appcore (Des Moines) - A company providing global cloud computing … read more

2899_1b80420b63_small September 22, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City Handmark founder and chairman, Augie Grasis knows a thing or two about staying on the bleeding edge of technology. Back when the Android Marketplace and Apple's app store didn't exist, Grasis was making a living on $29.99 apps like Tela Atlas and app suites such as PocketExpress. Nowadays, I would think long and hard before paying $29.99 for a map app, but with any bleeding edge technology it's easy to pay for a glimpse of what the future holds in the Information Age. … read more

2878_98d7f652ca_small September 19, 2011 by Brittany Mascio

Omaha Late Sunday night after 54 hours of building and brainstorming by 18 teams, Startup Weekend Omaha final pitches wrapped up and announced Your Happy Plate, a team of eight participants, as this year's winner. The application specifically created for individuals with special dietary needs brought out one of the first audible "wow" moments … read more

2877_f8b30df6db_small September 18, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Full post coming soon, but the results are… 1. Your Happy Plate - Mobile app for people with special dietary needs;, @yourhappyplate, Your Happy Plate on Facebook 2/3. (Tie) Gossip Closet - Social game that involves scanning of bar codes on clothing and sharing the items with your friends -, @gossipclosetapp, Gossip Closet on … read more

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