Silicon Prairie News

4322_80ab100e72_small June 18, 2012 by Sarah Binder

Des Moines Jim Collins, author of bestselling business tomes such as "Good to Great" and "Built to Last," spoke to a standing-room-only crowd Friday at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The audience was a mix of the Young Professionals of Iowa conference and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Taking Care of Business conference. "Greatness, it turns out, is first and foremost a matter of conscious choice and discipline," Collins said. … read more

4334_56c84db9bc_small June 18, 2012 by Guest Contributor

San Francisco In the weeks leading up to Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, various conversations between Andy Peters, Gabe Kangas and I snowballed into tweets and Facebook posts that culminated in an Omahans and Expats meetup one week ago. We had more people show up than had RSVP'd and we ended up being the last patrons left at the Press Club of San Francisco. For those in attendance, from either end of the geographic divide, the event provided … read more

4333_0e843c9421_small June 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City One Week KC, a nine-day series of events designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansas City entrepreneurs, kicks off this morning at 9 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. We'll have a live broadcast of One Week's first two events streaming here on Silicon Prairie News. The One Week KC Kickoff starts at 9 a.m., featuring remarks from a handful … read more

4327_6c23022c31_small June 15, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced the lineup of startups that will present on Monday at Startup@Kauffman Demo Day, and Silicon Prairie News plans to stream the entire pitch session live. Thirteen companies will present at Demo Day, which runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m. It's the second item on the schedule for One Week KC, a series … read more

4312_f29c771272_small June 15, 2012 by Sarah Binder

Sioux Falls Montessorium – which Silicon Prairie News profiled earlier today – is known for spreading the Montessori education approach through its suite of iPhone and iPad apps, but Hugh Weber, a parent of a student at the Baan Dek Montessori School, said that was just one way to do so. After dropping his daughter off at the Baan Dek, he and the school's co-founder, Bobby George, would sit down to brainstorm ideas. "One of the things we kept going back … read more

June 15, 2012 by Brittany Mascio

We're excited to bring you our 106th Opportunities on The Prairie today from all over the region. If you have an opportunity to add, please register your positions using our Job … read more

4305_323313c6e8_small June 15, 2012 by Sarah Binder

Sioux Falls Apps created by Montessorium, a Sioux Falls, S.D. firm that holds high the Montessori educational approach, have been downloaded around the world – but it might not have happened without personal encouragement from Steve Jobs. Montessori education is a child-centered, one-on-one approach to learning. When Bobby and June George (left), founders of the first Montessori school in South Dakota, saw the initial … read more

4311_3cba5a28aa_small June 15, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Washington, D.C. Startup Act 2.0, a bill introduced last month by a group of U.S. Senators that included Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, aims to make success come easier to entrepreneurs, allow businesses to recruit bright minds from all over the world and retain foreign college graduates who want to start businesses in the U.S. The original Startup Act, introduced in December of 2011, didn't garner enough votes to pass due to concerns about loosening immigration laws. The second version of the bill is cosponsored by a group of several Republican and Democratic senators. Here are a few of the provisions of the bill designed … read more

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