Silicon Prairie News

6539_141e56373c_small March 3, 2014 by Katy Schamberger

Kansas City If you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself. Sure, it’s an old adage—but for Kansas City entrepreneur and attorney Chris Brown, that way of thinking sparked a new career path. Brown is the brains behind b.Legal Marketing, a full-service marketing firm that works specifically with law firms. And as most entrepreneurs are wont to do, Brown also pursues a side business, Venture Legal, through which he offers legal counsel to startups ... read more

6534_189407e58f_small March 2, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Cedar Rapids The inaugural Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids kicked off Friday evening with more than 100 people gathering at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance to hear the event's 68 attendees pitch 35 ideas. While nine teams originally were formed on Friday, David Tominksy—one of Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids' organizers—says only eight continued through Saturday… read more

6536_0295ca80a9_small February 28, 2014 by Katy Schamberger

Columbia If you’ve spent any time on the Internet, there’s a good chance you’ve run across the term "API,” which stands for application programming interface. Simply put, an API is defined as a set of programming instructions and standards that guide access to a Web-based software application or tool, such as telling Facebook to post an Instagram photo. The definition seems simple enough, yet the concept is complex—sort of like the difference between understanding the definition of a website and trying to build one ... read more

6535_236b678a41_small February 28, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Next time you hit the "checkout" button on Amazon.com, you'll have the option of paying with Dwolla. Through Zinc Save—a plugin for Google Chrome—customers are able to order goods online and pay with funds from their Dwolla account ... read more

6532_c8665aa812_small February 28, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln A bill in the Nebraska legislature would create a $50,000 study to examine ways to support and increase venture capital in the state, including an analysis of best practices in other states. If the bill passes, the study would be completed by December and provide recommendations for future policy suggestions. The same bill, LB1114, also extends the Business Innovation Act's expiration date by five years to December 2021 ... read more

6517_1820810f3d_small February 28, 2014 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln It was a gloomy, wet evening in Dublin when Terence Bowden's phone rang as he left work at 7 p.m. to walk to the train in the rain. His former boss was calling from sunny Arizona. Would he be interested in hopping the pond to start an accelerator in the middle of America at the University of Nebraska's new Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC)? "Yeah, I could be interested," he said ... read more

February 28, 2014 by Silicon Prairie News

Every week, Silicon Prairie News presents opportunities in the region's tech, startup and creative community. From a contract job to a co-founder role, these positions are submitted by startups and larger firms… read more

6524_712c1b290b_small February 27, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

St. Louis The Capital Innovators accelerator, the longest-running in St. Louis, starts its sixth class this month. We caught up with director Scott Bernstein this week to tell us more about the program, the STL startup scene and the five new startups ... read more

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