Silicon Prairie News

5143_f5f689a425_small January 2, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Eyes were on the Silicon Prairie in 2012 as the startup community in and around Kansas City, Omaha and Des Moines earned attention from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and other outlets. Startups like Dwolla, MindMixer and Hudl were mentioned in many of those stories, as their milestones have earned them a place in the public eye. But who will be the Silicon Prairie startups in those same stories in 2013? For the second year …  read more

5118_d0dc1db57c_small January 2, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines The Dec. 20 issue of The New Republic magazine includes an article — published online as "Silicon Valley’s Profit-Killing Provincialism" and in print as "No Angels" — by Lydia DePillis on the trials of raising capital outside Silicon Valley. The story includes insights from John Schnipkoweit, founder of Cedar Rapids-based RecBob, and John Jackovin, founder of Des Moines-based Bawte … read more

5141_8b1a8ad0fd_small December 31, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

An Omaha startup signed a TV deal, a Columbia, Mo. startup went from Startup Weekend to Y Combinator in eight months and a Kansas City entrepreneur who sold his company for more than $125 million last year returned to found another startup and fund others. These are three of my picks for the year's 10 biggest stories, which are stories that received our … read more

5063_df20def9c1_small December 10, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Over the four years that I've written for Silicon Prairie News, I haven't seen an article on Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City's startup scene receive as much buzz and attention as the recent New York Times story, "Tech Start-Ups Find a Home on the Prairie." Tweet after tweet, Facebook like after Facebook like and email after email, readers shared the story far and wide. On Nov. 21, the day The Times published the piece online, it made … read more

5059_89e28c4e38_small November 29, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

As the Silicon Prairie startup community develops, one of the ways collaboration and connections occur is through consistent opportunities to engage with one another. A strong community, moreover, is lead by a group of actors who are passionate around building our cities and region into something greater, and they take steps to make that happen. Actions by three individuals in the wake of our Thinc Iowa 2012 event in October … read more

4893_9bae88567b_small October 16, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Some observers of college sports will tell you that athletes improve the most between their freshman and sophomore year. While I'm no coach, I believe that theory has to do with the idea that the initial year sets your baseline. After seeing how your particular skills and ability fit into the new environment, you take that first offseason to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. You make adjustments. And, in that second season, you enjoy the largest … read more

4760_a490db83a6_small September 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

… and, yes, we got a good chuckle out of it, just as many other Prairie people seem to have. As "The Office" opened its ninth and final season last night, viewers of the sitcom were brought up to speed with a rundown of how the show's characters spent their summers. As you can see in the video above (cued up to about 30 seconds before the Silicon Prairie mention), Ryan Howard …  read more

4540_d4c865c91a_small August 9, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

One counts McDonald's among its account holders, another carries recognition from the SXSW Interactive Awards and another had its product featured on the PBS News Hour. Seven months ago, none of these milestones had been achieved, but we've seen quick progress and achievements. In January, I presented a list of 10 Silicon Prairie companies that I deemed "startups to watch in 2012." My reasons for choosing the 10 ranged from experienced … read more

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