Silicon Prairie News

6327_5238698e93_small December 20, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines (Guest post by Andrea Hansen & Jerod Mollenhauer) We launched Venuefox this past September after a year in development with eWay Corporation. My co-founder and I are first-time entrepreneurs who came to the table with limited funds and even more limitations when it came to building a website, so we had no choice but to outsource the development of our site... read more

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Cedar Rapids (Guest post by Ben Anderson) When I set out to create Bandwidth Pool, a complex online bidding website, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do it alone. I don’t have any practical experience designing, developing or generally understanding the components that comprise a complex web application. Because of the lack of programming experience, outsourcing the build of my website to a development firm was the best option...  read more

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Kansas City (Guest post by Riddhiman Das) For more than two years, I've consulted with more than 35 different organizations around the country on various software projects. These organizations have had very different development needs. Some of them were just an idea a solo entrepreneur was trying hard to get off the ground without any funding at all, while others were for Fortune 500 companies with a lot of experience working with outside ... read more

6261_9b8536edba_small November 29, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Coralville (Guest post by Alec Whitters of Higher Learning Technologies) I think it's easy to assume every entrepreneur has that light bulb moment. You know, a sudden flash of insight into what ultimately becomes their company. I know that's what I thought. It's why I'm not surprised when I hear a question like, “How did you come up with this idea? I could never think of something like that... read more

6273_b103b6fc79_small November 22, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Jonathan Ruiz of e-Beacons) In 2009 I was 18 years old, and recently graduated from high school. In all honesty, I was an underachiever, and I’m sure my teachers would back that claim. When it came to my future the most thought I had given it was telling all my friends that I was going to be rich by the end of world, or December 21, 2012. I had an affinity for being creative and a knack for writing, so I decided to pursue journalism at the University of Missouri ... read more

6242_b1c006db27_small November 15, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Hunter Browning of Fannect) There are few things in the world I enjoy more than learning. This complete obsession has been one of the most influential factors in shaping my life and developing the journey I currently find myself on. That statement might seem odd coming from someone who dropped out of college after just three months. Allow me to backtrack and explain how the unique learning experiences I have been fortunate enough to have and the inherent curiosity I was born with brought me to the moment of leaving an educational institutiion in an attempt to truly learn ... read more

6204_bc31e758ef_small November 8, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Iowa City (Guest post by Joe Dallago and AJ Nelson of clusterFlunk) Education is something we are very passionate about at clusterFlunk. Passionate enough to take our “leap of faith," and completely ditch the typical route of higher learning that most teens and early twenty-somethings feel they have to take in order to succeed. Passionate enough to build a company out of those pain points we were feeling ... read more

6205_74624bc0d4_small November 4, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City As we prepare to host three of our fall Startup Job Crawls in the coming weeks, we wanted to remind students and startups how important an event like this is to our community. Not only does it provide an environment to discover a world of startups perhaps unknown to students, but it opens the door to future career opportunities, great hires, mentors and much, much more between the entrepreneurs and startups involved ... read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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