Silicon Prairie News

4548_5d03cb5115_small August 3, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Kansas City Tom Jenkins sees First Fridays, which are meant to showcase the art, music and food in Kansas City’s Crossroads District, as a staple of the city’s entertainment and cultural scene. But Jenkins and another Kansas Citian, Chris Brown, were having some problems navigating the monthly art walk. There … read more

4553_abac4b539f_small August 2, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Topping out at 140 characters, a singular tweet is seldom a deafening thing. But when a Twitter feed is crowded with the cacophony of tweet after tweet after tweet after tweet — with no two tweets about the same subject — it can get a tad noisy. Now, OneLouder believes it has just the thing to cut through that noise: Slices. A Kansas City, Mo.-based … read more

4552_9f617c68c7_small August 2, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

The month of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards has arrived. It's time to unveil the 48 finalists across 12 categories that recognize individuals and companies for their outstanding products, strong leadership and noteworthy contributions to the community over the last year. In June, we opened public nominations, receiving more 1,200 submissions. Our 16-member selection committee whittled down each category to four finalists. It was not an easy task, as the quality and breadth of submissions impressed … read more

4536_42161638e8_small August 2, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Omaha Project Interfaith, an Omaha nonprofit aimed at fostering understanding between people of all religious backgrounds, has had a strong social media presence since the organization was started in 2005, said founder and executive director Beth Katz. But the nonprofit's newest project,, an interactive multimedia website meant … read more

4549_40eb54e4fa_small August 2, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City For all the details that emerged last week during the Google Fiber announcement in Kansas City, Mo., one subject that received scant attention over the course of the hour-long presentation was Google's plan for making its ultra high-speed network available to businesses. Kevin Lo, the General Manager of Google Access, briefly addressed businesses between … read more

4551_e4ed1e8f1f_small August 2, 2012 by Sarah Binder

West Des Moines Amid a crowd of friends, fellow founders and startup enthusiasts of all stripes Wednesday night, Goodsmiths announced the arrival of its group buying option and milestone of $1 million in inventory. "Now we can finally say, hey, we're different than the others that are out there," co-founder Levi Rosol said in the startup's West Des Moines office. Group buying has been in Goodsmiths' DNA since its inception but it didn't become a reality … read more

4547_87b53c8d40_small August 1, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Prairie Village AgLocal has closed part of a seed round featuring a mix of Midwestern money and high-profile coastal investment. Is there an echo in here? Nope. But there is an Eckō. AgLocal co-founder and CEO Naithan Jones confirmed that his startup has closed on an additional $500,000 in seed funding, bringing total capital raised in the round to $1.5 million. The second portion of the round includes investment from Dundee … read more

4544_92a0001c27_small August 1, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Omaha We're excited to announce the inaugural group of startups selected to participate in the Startup Alley at our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards on August 30th. This group of nine companies will have the exclusive opportunity to show what they've been working on to the crowd at the Awards event. Each will have a demo table and the opportunity to share swag during the opening and closing receptions. … read more

The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.