Silicon Prairie News

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

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

3299_c538490c50_small December 12, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (This is a guest post by Drew Larson and Adam Gregg, attorneys at the BrownWinick Law Firm.) It is an undeniable fact that technology has revolutionized the way we live and do business. In fact, a good number of you reading this right now operate a website, have online business operations, or even own a tech company. Many of these online activities could face new legal risks due to … read more

3293_5116221a9c_small December 11, 2011 by Guest Contributor

(This is guest post by Sean Blanda.) At Technically Philly we are in a unique position. Because we have such a specific niche, we are often the first interaction a local company has with the press. Many times we are dealing with first-time entrepreneurs who are responsible for their own marketing and media outreach. Typically, these entrepreneurs are programmers or business majors who don't know anyone in the … 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

3211_9a01a5cea7_small November 25, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (The following is a guest post by Chris Draper of Meidh Corporation) The newly minted "Silicon Sixth Avenue" is exactly what our city, county and state have been clamouring for: a high density of young, technology enabled risk takers. With nationally renowned start-ups bookending a Silicon Valley-style incubator, this new technology corridor is … read more

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