Silicon Prairie News

4360_db7bf567a4_small June 23, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Daphne Eck.) For one glorious year, Fresh Juice entrepreneur and creative consultant, Elle Lynch, was the owner and chef of Daily Grub. If you're from Omaha, you probably know the joint as 2010's Best New Restaurant. A whole food, farm-to-table lunch spot that didn't necessarily sell itself as a vegan restaurant, but was. Everyone … read more

4283_c0d9cd365e_small June 9, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines This week Tej Dhawan, Andy Stoll, Amanda Styron, and I trekked from Iowa to Boulder Colorado for the Startup America Partnership Regional Leaders Summit to represent StartupIowa. Over the two days, the SUAP team and our peer regions (states) were relentless in sharing best practices and programs that they have developed to build their entrepreneurial ecosystems. The Summit has had me thinking deeply about where we are in the gestation of StartupIowa and the overall ecosystem … read more

4244_e37d156728_small June 2, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Last week the last of the second batch of the Stored Potential banners went up in Omaha. The project was ambitions, the work was hard, and the final project is exceptional. Defunct grain elevators were transformed into a piece of art which speaks for the city. The city didn’t do it. You and I didn’t do it. Emerging Terrain, an Omaha non-profit, did it. And they are to be thanked. It is organizations like theirs which are helping … read more

4090_a215a1165a_small May 5, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Omaha I’ve attended the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder’s meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, for the past few years and always get there early (or send my husband early) to be able to secure seats in the main arena of the 19,000-seat CenturyLink Center. The 2011 attendance was 40,000, so getting there by 6:30 a.m. is important, lest you be relegated to the folding … read more

4012_ed1cda0ad7_small April 21, 2012 by Guest Contributor

(This is a guest post by Bill Hanigan and Mark Wickham.) Congress is in the business of making laws. Some of those laws prove helpful, while others do not help much at all. The recently enacted (and eagerly anticipated) crowdfunding provisions contained in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which was signed into law on April 5, may ultimately fall into the latter category. Congress intended … read more

4010_8c24a70a99_small April 21, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (This is a guest post by Christopher Kingsley.) Countries may be unable to pay their debts and the global economy is still struggling, but if you read any tech news, it seems like the one place in the world where they are still dropping money from helicopters like its 2007 is technology startups. There are few things currently hotter than funding the next scrappy vowel-less app team. From incubators handing out $150k to every startup to ridiculous 100x earnings … read more

3932_033595a502_small April 6, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. Amazing day yesterday. Leap2 was one of 10 startups from across America that were invited to be a part of the signing of the JOBS Act. During my day, I walked to the White House with the CEO of the Startup America Partnership, Scott Case, and it was during my walk that Scott and I talked about the Act and what it potentially meant for America. To that end, I let him know that I spent several years in D.C. 16 years ago, and at that time I left feeling … read more

3889_65d65a95f4_small March 31, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Earlier this month, I had the good fortune of participating in a forum with leaders from around the Midwest. Executives from Greater Des Moines, Kansas City, Omaha and St. Louis gathered around a central theme: Metropolitan areas in the Great Plains and Midwest can, and must, take proactive and collaborative actions that are critical to the global economic competitiveness of the Heartland. In Central Iowa, we have had an amazing first quarter. … read more

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