Silicon Prairie News

4342_fcc377dd15_small June 19, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Endeavoring to make a place "America's most entrepreneurial" is nice in concept. It's the sort of ambition that can generate all kinds of energy and provide fodder for countless conversations. But how, pray tell, does a city go about delivering on those discussions? What's the best way to convert conversation into action? And, once that happens, how can anyone tell if or when the ambitious transformation has taken place? A cross section … read more

4340_4cb50526d3_small June 19, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The "Foundation for Entrepreneurship" on Monday helped lay the foundation for an entrepreneurship-focused week in Kansas City. The Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation hosted Startup@Kauffman, a day's worth of entrepreneurial activities to kick off One Week KC, a nine-day series of 30-plus events designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansas City entrepreneurs. One Week KC was born out of … read more

4341_a91ddac2c3_small June 19, 2012 by Chris Wolfgang

Omaha Vince Wesselmann (or Vince Twelve as he's known online), owner of xii games and creator of several freeware adventures, has partnered with Wadjet Eye Games of New York to release today his first commercial game, Resonance. An independent retro-adventure, Resonance offers a look into a near-future world where a particle scientist has discovered a new technology. "Like atomic energy, it could be great or it could be really bad," Wesselmann … read more

4337_dc96bfcc7f_small June 19, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Omaha Today marks the launch of the Omaha World-Herald's redesigned website, which has been in the works for about a year, according to online team leader Ben Vankat. We conducted an email interview on Wednesday with Vankat (left) about how the new site came to be, challenges presented by the redesign and how it will incorporate, a World-Herald project we've covered … read more

3822_f7ec8310be_small June 18, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln "Drone journalism" – the idea that small, unmanned aircraft can be used to gather photos, video, and data for use by journalists – is hot. So hot that journalism professor Matt Waite has been interviewed by news outlets around the world, including Japan, Australia, Hungary, Germany, and France, since launching a "drone journalism lab" at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln late last year. And hot enough that the Knight Foundation announced today … read more

4338_7ca316430b_small June 18, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City In the wake of its Demo Day this morning, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is presenting a lunch keynote today that's sure to provide timely advice for the 13 startups that pitched. Philip Delves Broughton, author of "The Art of the Sale" will share his thoughts on the methods used by sales gurus from around the world. Broughton's noon presentation is part of One Week KC, a nine-day series of events designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansas City entrepreneurs. The Kauffman Foundation has provided a live stream (above) for those who are unable to attend. Learn more about Broughton and his book in this recent NPR interview, " 'The Art Of The Sale': Life's A Pitch", and find his bio at … read more

4330_cf897ac143_small June 18, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City One Week KC is officially underway. The nine-day series of events designed to inspire, educate and connect Kansas City entrepreneurs began this morning at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with the One Week KC Kickoff and Startup@Kauffman Demo Day. But those two events are just the tip of the entrepreneurial iceberg … read more

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

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