Silicon Prairie News

7068_ba21fe953c_small July 16, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City On June 24, Diana Kander's novel "All In Startup" finally hit shelves and to say its reception was warm seems to be an understatement. Among a number of other lists, Kander's book was named to this week's New York Times best seller list, in the nonfiction category of "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous." The book also appeared on the Wall Street Journal's list of best sellers in the nonfiction category.  read more

7041_821b12e9d0_small July 8, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Nathan Preheim realizes most people are probably thinking, "What the hell?" right now. That's because Preheim, co-founder and COO of MindMixer, arguably one of the region's most successful startups, has stepped down. His new gig? COO of Kugler Vision, an Omaha ophthalmology practice. He'll be in charge of on-boarding patients, training new hires, optimizing work flow, marketing and sales. read more

7025_3eaecea753_small July 2, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Apparently the recipe for getting buzz for a game is a little bit of humor, a little talent and a heck of a following… read more

6991_8a7971844b_small July 1, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Shane Reiser talks about customer development at Startup Weekends all the time, but it was his first time schooling startups at an accelerator like Straight Shot. The Lean Startup movement is hot on the minds of startups across the nation, and it was no different for the group of seven startups. Most had read "Lean Startup" and knew about the general practice. read more

6990_d937d51c27_small June 27, 2014 by Katrina Markel

Omaha It’s a sunny afternoon in Omaha—a great day for teens on summer break to be outside. But high schoolers Okina Tran of Millard South High School and Katie Nguyen of Burke High School are working inside the darkened Aksarben offices of game developer, SkyVu Entertainment. And they’re excited about it… read more

6996_e231224c7e_small June 24, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Dusty Reynolds is shifting roles at the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber's director of entrepreneurship and innovation and one of the well-respected leaders of Omaha's startup community is stepping down from his position to shift his focus to RaceNote, his own startup that's starting to take off… read more

6981_e6b3b81f83_small June 19, 2014 by Carson Vaughan

Lincoln Speaking before a crowd of more than 600 businessmen and women at the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Breakfast Wednesday morning, Diana Kander, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, urged entrepreneurs to ditch the traditional business plan and adopt a more customer-based approach. read more

6975_0591cb9ea4_small June 18, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha It's only the second week of the Straight Shot accelerator, but seven startups already got advice from Dundee Venture Capital's Beth Engel and Mindmixer CEO Nick Bowden about fundraising, dealing with investors and more tips on becoming a successful business. read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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