Silicon Prairie News

3642_60aaf111f9_small February 18, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Our most recent Sunday Video Series post came out a bit late and you might have missed it. It's a three-minute video featuring Steve Blank, a noted entrepreneur, author and professor, in which he's asked, "What's a startup?" He answers the question by giving the differences between a startup and a small business. Blank notes that while the terminology is often interchanged around the country, Silicon … read more

3645_51924ab6e8_small February 17, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha In a few months, we'll be moving the Silicon Prairie News headquarters into a new space in North Downtown Omaha's Mastercraft Building! The Mastercraft (left), a 140,000 square-foot building situated just north of the new TD Ameritrade Park and Hot Shops Art Center, is a former furniture warehouse that's now home to a number of our city's startups and creative companies. We selected the Mastercraft because of the entrepreneurial energy and culture that permeates the building. We wanted to be surrounded by, as well as help contribute to the … read more

3606_5ed070161b_small February 10, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines On Thursday, I offered three reasons why I believe Dwolla chose Fred Wilson’s Union Square Ventures to lead its Series B round, which was announced on Tuesday. In this post, I look at how the Des Moines startup community could be affected by Dwolla's milestone. 1. They'll continue to 'Dwolla in DSM' Dwolla co-founder Ben Milne has made being a Des Moines-based startup an integral part of his company's culture from the beginning. You see it … read more

3605_f71f481c26_small February 9, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines As you may be aware, the anticipated and recently rumored Series B funding news broke this week for the good folks at Dwolla in Des Moines. This round totalled $5 million and was not only raised out-of-Iowa but out-of-Silicon Prairie, with money coming in from both coasts. As rumored, the round was led by New York-based Union Square Ventures. Union Square, and its principal Fred Wilson (left) … read more

3568_bc4dad7c73_small February 2, 2012 by Geoff Wood

It had me thinking that though we're not all looking towards $5 billion IPOs for our startups, we may have something in common with the soon-to-be-über-rich Californian: the need to keep from being distracted. The startup community in the Silicon Prairie is growing. It's starting to mature but it's still early – one founder referred to it as "puberty" – and our current stage is one where more and more events are being planned and executed. It's a really exciting time and on some days you can schmooze, network … read more

3381_427562028d_small January 2, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

2011 was an amazing year for us at Silicon Prairie News. With the addition of four new full-time team members, more than 1,000 blog posts and a healthy number of meetups, parties and other events, it's safe to say it was a year of tremendous growth and positive change for our company and the greater Silicon Prairie community. It's exciting to take a glimpse of some of the highlights from 2011 and … read more

3355_3aeb18f745_small December 23, 2011 by Geoff Wood

You, the Silicon Prairie News community, know the stories behind Dwolla, Hudl and Zave Networks, which I shared in the Part 1 of this post. You also know that Scott Harrison of New York-based charity: water gave one of the most memorable presentations to the world in Omaha and that Ben Silbermann of Palo Alto's Pinterest, who’s leading what some are calling Silicon Valley’s hottest startup … read more

3354_5f95fe6185_small December 22, 2011 by Geoff Wood

In an article featured on on Monday, Anneke Jong of The Daily Muse spotlights seven regions around the country that are burgeoning hubs for startup activity, including our very own Silicon Prairie. Each region has a name that plays off of the "Silicon" in Silicon Valley, which Jong describes as "a metonym for the entrepreneurial spirit that's fueled … read more

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