Silicon Prairie News

4371_8eca89b6e1_small June 26, 2012 by Bob Specht

Kansas City Michael Raynor is a director at one of the world’s largest consulting firms, Deloitte Consulting, where he works with executives of world-leading companies across a variety of industries. His résumé doesn’t stop there though, as he's also written multiple best-selling books on innovation, including “The Innovator’s Manifesto,” which he published last year. Ten years of consistent study tend to make a person knowledgeable on a subject, and Raynor showed that in delivering … read more

4368_0f11751a45_small June 26, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The business of storytelling, Frank Rose says, is experiencing a transformation the likes of which it has seldom seen. The last such shift in storytelling came in the 1950s with the rise of television. Before that, it was the 1920s and the advent of movies. Prior to that, we have to go all the way back to the 19th century and the widespread dissemination of papers and novels to find the sort of disruption … read more

4365_b21e3dca68_small June 26, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City A repeat entrepreneur, Rachael Qualls has a startup résumé that includes companies like BugleMe, a social media company designed to help celebrities to monetize online content; FastPitch, an event design firm; and Katalyst, an eBay company specializing in the purchase and resale of high-end goods. Through those varied ventures, Qualls (left) has developed a particular distaste for the process of raising money. She shed light on that on June 19, when she spoke at this month's meeting of the Technology Entrepreneur Speakers Program at the offices of Polsinelli … read more

4351_3dfe0ba626_small June 25, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Omaha Chris Circo suffered his first concussion in the fifth grade. His second hit him a few years later, and a few more came after that. When Circo (left) was 21, he began to suffer from seizures — presumably due to his frequent concussions. Once the seizures were under control with medication, he wanted to find a way to protect athletes from repeated head injuries … read more

4364_de8a90fb6e_small June 25, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City One Week KC, a nine-day series of events designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansas City entrepreneurs, kicked off last Monday with a Demo Day hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. "This part of the day truly is the real deal," event emcee Thad Langford said, "because you are going to see the great entrepreneurs here in … read more

4359_cefdeb3fe1_small June 25, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Chicago This afternoon I'll be joining a group of Prairie All-Stars for a panel discussion during Techweek 2012 in Chicago. The session takes place at 3 p.m. at The Merchandise … read more

4350_b8234921e5_small June 22, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Collaboration. It's not an "i" word, so it didn't fit neatly into the branding of iKC, a conference that aimed to innovate, ignite and inspire. But collaboration was an awfully popular topic on Wednesday at H&R Block world headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. For one, the very existence of the conference was a testament to Kansas City collaborating … read more

June 22, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 107th Opportunities on The Prairie today from all over the region. If you have an opportunity to add, please register your positions using our Job Board … read more

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