Silicon Prairie News

6126_327cdb54a3_small October 7, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Gosh, we love startups don’t we? It gives people from any city a warm, fuzzy feeling when they can say they have a good startup community. There is a push all across the Silicon Prairie to create policies and infuse money into fostering more startups. But, is this the correct way to go about it? Do we really need to produce more startups or should we actually be creating policies and giving money to scale startups that already exist? ... read more

6098_9d620a8a80_small October 1, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Omaha-based startup BuyNow recently announced a publisher partnership with ALH Publications, Inc. and metroMAGAZINE, which are also based in Omaha. BuyNow is a mobile commerce application that allows consumers to instantly purchase an item pictured in an advertisement by texting a keyword provided within the ad. Shaz Khan, founder and CEO of BuyNow, will be debuting the technology at Straight Shot’s inaugural Demo Day on Oct. 3...  read more

6106_11b9ec4ad8_small September 30, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Ames As our bus screeched in to Ann Arbor, Mich., surrounded by the darkness of late evening and a harassing light drizzle, I nervously guided our group into Michigan Stadium to check them in. We were only eight hours into an amazing weekend but I was already breathing a sigh of relief. We made it ... read more

6095_170dae3803_small September 25, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha One common trait among the most successful startups that come out of the Midwest is their founding team’s ability to attract attention from New York to San Francisco and everyone in between. And for one Straight Shot startup, Cosmic Cart, that trait is shining through ... read more

6086_1e358dab29_small September 22, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Columbia I'm a big believer that the best place to start your company is your home town. Often times, however, the best place to grow your company is somewhere else. That has been the case for us at Zapier. In October 2011, we debuted at the inaugural Startup Weekend Columbia (Missouri). Eight months later, we earned an invitation to participate in Y Combinator ...  read more

6076_2f7a4db7ec_small September 19, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Typically, banks try to prevent hackers from entering their systems. But later this month, First National Bank of Omaha and Straight Shot are inviting them in ... read more

6055_fe13cf0e45_small September 16, 2013 by Guest Contributor

San Francisco Last week the Omaha-based Cympel team—a digital advertising agency—hopped on a red-eye flight to San Francisco carrying a small banner and orange tablecloth and made its way to TechCrunch Disrupt. The Disrupt conference is one of the startup world’s most notable launching pads for budding technologies. Its star-studded speaker lineup included the likes of SV Angel’s Ron Conway, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer, the Winklevoss twins and even Mark Zuckerberg himself. Hundreds of startups previewed, demoed and debuted their companies in Startup Alley and on stage ... read more

5988_6cefc39971_small August 19, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Rick Turoczy is the editor and founder of Silicon Florist, a 20-year veteran of the startup industry and co-founder of the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE). I guess you could say we liken him to the Jeff Slobotski of Portland. Last week Turoczy brought a fresh perspective on what makes entrepreneurs successful to the more than 50 individuals gathered at DJ’s Dugout in Omaha. The group came together for the second installation ... read more

The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.