Silicon Prairie News

6494_d16cbfd9bd_small February 19, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Frank Merchlewitz) Over winter break, I made a decision: In the coming months, I would learn everything I needed to know about being a web developer. The biggest obstacle? My own ignorance. During high school I took a few programming courses (Perl, Java and Robotics). My crowning achievement was making a LEGO-bot spin in a circle while playing John Williams’ “Imperial March." But I was easily discouraged. My coding frustration generally amounted to giving up on projects all together ... read more

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Lincoln (Guest post by David Chait & Chris Davis) Any entrepreneur can attest that a startup is all-consuming. From endless hours working to infinite hours thinking through your company, startup life is life. As such, there is nothing more important than a strong team that motivates, complements and challenges each other—and, of course, has fun ... read more

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Des Moines (Guest post by Dan Shipton) When building a company, you may be tempted to seek out partners who solely compliment your skills, or lack thereof. If you aren't a programmer, designer, writer or marketer, you may look for people who are. But choosing a co-founder isn't just a matter of plugging in skill sets—there's more to consider. Because co-founders spend hours [and hours] together and face endless decisions, you should also be on the same page when it comes to philosophy ... read more

6419_9a74b57307_small January 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Mountain View (Guest post by Wade Foster) I've written before about how we manage Zapier as a remote team. But one point that is constantly brought up is how co-located teams have an easier time building culture vs. remote teams. In fact, I've even had co-located teams tell me their culture problems were solved by simply buying a foosball table. Though I challenge the truthiness of that statement, I don't think there's a quick path to building company culture, especially for a remote team... read more

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Iowa City (Guest post by Josh Cramer) In 1976, a man named Dale Chihuly was in a head-on car accident in which he flew through the windshield of his vehicle. As a result, he sustained severe injuries to his face and became blind in his left eye. Prior to this incident, Mr. Chihuly had studied the art of glass blowing and had begun a career as an artist and glass instructor. The incident and resulting blindness forever changed Mr Chihuly’s life and perspective as an artist. This incident enabled him to transform his art and work from that which was fairly traditional to work that was truly revolutionary and unlike anything else... read more

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Omaha (Guest post by Shane Reiser) At Startup Genome I lead a remote team of seven—some full time, some on contract. I have three fears leading a remote team: not knowing what my team is doing, not being there to help them push through an obstacle and not having enough fun. Here's what I do to remedy my fears ... read more

6343_1ba18a98a6_small January 1, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

The start of a new year always gets us thinking about what new innovations, tech trends and successful startups the next 365 days will bring. While this may not be the year that we finally get our hoverboards—sorry, McFly, that's 2015—our editorial team came up with five tech trends we're excited to watch play out over the next year... read more

6348_a1a850cb41_small December 27, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Andy Kallenbach) We launched FormZapper a little more than a year ago, have always used some form of outside development and have been pleased with the result. Although I have many years of software development experience, I chose to outsource the majority of our work for the benefits of dependable talent and the lower payroll commitment. However, outside development requires a much larger commitment to communication ... read more

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