Silicon Prairie News

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

2448_58f3eeac0d_small June 23, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines A mentor or professor from my past — I don't even remember who at this point — mentioned to me that upon moving to a new city the first thing he did was seek out the coffee shops where the local tech entrepreneurs hang out. That, in his opinion, was the best way to get the vibe of the startup community and to find the people who were building companies. … read more

1890_12dd9f3912_small March 10, 2011 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines As someone who participated in the first Startup Weekend Des Moines (see my Silicon Prairie News guest post at the time: "Startup Weekend Des Moines is a success") back in July 2009 and had the chance to spend several hours at this past weekend's event… read more

1512_c740294eb4_small December 2, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha (Left: Me fiddling around on the internet and not learning how to program. Photo by Tony Noecker.) Since gaining a serious interest in the tech industry just over four years ago and having lamely remained just an "ideas guy" since, my appreciation for those who either know how to code or pick it up as they go has grown exponentially. I often think about one day dumping my bucket of ideas into a post… read more

1503_44048741d4_small November 30, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha (Left: Sarah Lacy of TechCrunch interviews David Hornik of August Capital.) After reading a post by our friends at Silicon Florist looking at the same issue in Portland – "How does Portland become more attractive for venture capital investment?" – it inspired me to ask the same question of the Silicon Prairie community. Silicon Florist founder Rick Turoczy… read more

777_cda469586e_small April 12, 2010 by Dusty Davidson

Omaha Photo by Malone & Company Photography. It's very easy to get caught up in the names of people who are speaking at a conference like Big Omaha. Today, however, I want to take a step back, and describe the experience of the event. When we started planning the first Big Omaha over a year and a half ago, we knew we wanted to create a unique and memorable experience for attendees. How do you feel when you're there? What do you… read more

618_0a701b93b2_small February 11, 2010 by Dusty Davidson

Omaha Today, I'd like to continue a series we talk about frequently: building an entrepreneurial ecosystem. On several occasions, we've referenced a list that Sarah Lacy came up with: Every center of innovation needs a cocktail of things... read more

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