Silicon Prairie News

3641_8701542c21_small February 16, 2012 by Christopher New & Michael Stacy

Des Moines Back in December, we brought you the story of Urban Plains Magazine, a website and iPad magazine put together by Drake University seniors in Jeff Inman's senior capstone class. Then last month, an Urban Plains application for the iPad was released into the App Store. Today, we bring you a close-up a look at that app. … read more

3640_c00f570bca_small February 15, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha VoterTide, a social media monitoring and analysis app focused on politics, announced Tuesday that it closed a "significant seed round" led by Optimas Group, an Omaha investment company. Also participating in the round was Gordon Whitten, who was the Omaha startup's first investor. Behind Optimas' investment … read more

3638_5e8f11a9e5_small February 15, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City ActiveGrade, a startup established to help educators better track pupils' development, has assembled a group of educators tasked with keeping a similarly watchful eye on the company's own progress. Iowa City-based ActiveGrade last week unveiled a seven-member advisory board, which is made up of educators and teacher leaders from across the country. The group will help advise and guide ActiveGrade in the ongoing development of its feature product, an online gradebook we reported on last month that … read more

3637_19f324a5ef_small February 15, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park Add NewME to the list of noteworthy accelerators helping AgLocal ramp up to full speed. Earlier this month, we … read more

3633_ab9833b7de_small February 14, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines This week we had two PrairieCast rookies on the show, OpenAir Equity Partners' executive-in-residence Thad Langford and Drake University social media strategy instructor Chris Snider. We discussed the successful efforts of Snider's class to procure a badge for Des Moines on the popular social platform foursquare, Langford's investment in Kansas City-based … read more

3629_22f058a332_small February 14, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Join us at 2 p.m. for Episode 74 of PrairieCast streaming live from Des Moines. Guests this week are Chris Snider, a multimedia journalism instructor at Drake University, and Thad Langford, the former president of Zave Networks and current executive in residence at OpenAir Equity Partners. … read more

3628_33d193215d_small February 14, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Fast Company, a magazine dedicated to reporting on "fast companies" and entrepreneurs, has released its annual "World's 50 Most Innovative Companies" list to highlight organizations "whose innovations are having an impact across their industries and our culture." Two startups with Silicon Prairie ties received a nod as a part of the ranking. Dwolla, based in Des Moines, was named No. 8 in the finance industry's to 10, joining notable startups Square and Kickstarter. Zaarly, based in San Francisco with an office in Kansas City, Mo., was named No. 7 in the web/internet industry's top 10, alongside hot startups Airbnb and Dropbox. Also receiving recognition … read more

3627_91ca0acff5_small February 14, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Think Big Partners today announced that they are teaming up with H&R Block to host a new innovation and entrepreneurship conference later this year. The all-day conference, which is a combination of two events — the Chamber's Innovation Conference and Think Big Kansas City — that were held separately last year … read more

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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.