Silicon Prairie News

6205_74624bc0d4_small November 4, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City As we prepare to host three of our fall Startup Job Crawls in the coming weeks, we wanted to remind students and startups how important an event like this is to our community. Not only does it provide an environment to discover a world of startups perhaps unknown to students, but it opens the door to future career opportunities, great hires, mentors and much, much more between the entrepreneurs and startups involved ... read more

6154_3c4eb04b1f_small October 14, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City About the author: Eze Redwood is an ambassador for Kansas City Startup Village, one of the lead organizers for MECA Innovation Challenge and partner at Wings Cafe in Kansas City. Kansas City Startup Village’s inaugural MECA Innovation Challenge ... read more

6126_327cdb54a3_small October 7, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Gosh, we love startups don’t we? It gives people from any city a warm, fuzzy feeling when they can say they have a good startup community. There is a push all across the Silicon Prairie to create policies and infuse money into fostering more startups. But, is this the correct way to go about it? Do we really need to produce more startups or should we actually be creating policies and giving money to scale startups that already exist? ... read more

6098_9d620a8a80_small October 1, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Omaha-based startup BuyNow recently announced a publisher partnership with ALH Publications, Inc. and metroMAGAZINE, which are also based in Omaha. BuyNow is a mobile commerce application that allows consumers to instantly purchase an item pictured in an advertisement by texting a keyword provided within the ad. Shaz Khan, founder and CEO of BuyNow, will be debuting the technology at Straight Shot’s inaugural Demo Day on Oct. 3...  read more

6106_11b9ec4ad8_small September 30, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Ames As our bus screeched in to Ann Arbor, Mich., surrounded by the darkness of late evening and a harassing light drizzle, I nervously guided our group into Michigan Stadium to check them in. We were only eight hours into an amazing weekend but I was already breathing a sigh of relief. We made it ... read more

6095_170dae3803_small September 25, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha One common trait among the most successful startups that come out of the Midwest is their founding team’s ability to attract attention from New York to San Francisco and everyone in between. And for one Straight Shot startup, Cosmic Cart, that trait is shining through ... read more

6086_1e358dab29_small September 22, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Columbia I'm a big believer that the best place to start your company is your home town. Often times, however, the best place to grow your company is somewhere else. That has been the case for us at Zapier. In October 2011, we debuted at the inaugural Startup Weekend Columbia (Missouri). Eight months later, we earned an invitation to participate in Y Combinator ...  read more

6076_2f7a4db7ec_small September 19, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Typically, banks try to prevent hackers from entering their systems. But later this month, First National Bank of Omaha and Straight Shot are inviting them in ... read more

The polls are open!

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.