Silicon Prairie News

3326_b2d0ae8a50_small December 20, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha On Thursday, our story on Dwolla's new feature, "Instant," yielded our highest traffic day ever, an important accomplishment to cap off a major year of growth for Silicon Prairie News. By itself, the traffic was cause for celebration, but more important to our team was how the traffic came about. It was the result … read more

3228_ecf598430d_small December 1, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Over the past week or two I've asked several folks in Des Moines the same question, "Who is the No. 1 startup in Des Moines?" The answer, almost always, is Dwolla. Some say it quickly while others try to determine a measurement criteria before answering, but either way Dwolla is where they end up. The question of "No. 1" might as well be rhetorical since what I really want everyone's thoughts … read more

2960_1bab0e76c5_small October 6, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha If I remember correctly, I was in my middle school keyboard class when I first took notice of a series of black and white images that encouraged me to "Think different." As we tested for our highest WPM (words per minute), it was hard not to take a break, stare up at the series of at least a dozen posters and just daydream. There was Albert Einstein, Muhammad Ali, Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall and, my favorite, Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog. Individuals whose very existence inspires the imagination. Yesterday, we lost one of those individuals. Not one featured in that campaign, but the one at the center of the company behind it and the person … read more

2762_13cb79f3f1_small August 24, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines I love that our friends in the larger publications in Des Moines are writing more and more about the startup community in the area (did you see Juice just highlighted "The Startup Scene" as part of their "Hot in Des Moines" issue?), and I was especially excited to see that the Business Record ran a story on entrepreneurial education in Iowa's largest universities, "Students see benefits to entrepreneurial studies." Writer Kyle Oppenhuizen interviewed … read more

2726_94952a446b_small August 17, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha In our community, it's often asked, "What's the most important element to grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem?" The answer: talented and passionate people. In 10 days, the city of Omaha will be losing one of those individuals. Tom Chapman (left) will be departing the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, where he's served as the director of entrepreneurship and innovation, to join Nebraska … read more

2697_c202cfd4d4_small August 12, 2011 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha Thank you. It's absolutely amazing to look at what we've accomplished together as a community over three years. We at Silicon Prairie News are more committed than ever to continue building as well as highlighting the great work taking place, and we have some exciting things in store over the next several years. For a quick walk down memory lane … read more

2630_817bae86d5_small August 4, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha One of our friends in the Pacific Northwest, Rick Turoczy of the blog Silicon Florist, is about to help serve up the second helping of the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) as co-founder. Modeled after TechStars – a Boulder, Co.-based startup accelerator that takes an equity stake in exchange for its three-month program involving seed funding, mentorship and an investor pitch day – PIE is touting … read more

2611_3a0540e5c3_small August 3, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Last month, the Des Moines Register ran an article titled "Why is it so hard to start a business in Iowa?" in which the writer, Lynn Hicks, asked several entrepreneurs and community members, "What can state or local officials do to help startups and create an innovative culture?" In the article, four main ideas were discussed. Things like, "create …  read more

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