Silicon Prairie News

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

5983_ee5b03972c_small August 18, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha In 2012, I was working for a large company in Omaha, in an unproven and newly introduced role managing social media. While social wasn't new to me, it was always a side of my desk operation, an addition to other duties, similar to how many startups are operating today. Things had changed—it became my only duty and the pressure was on. Every day I'd read the top tech news sites for any information that could help validate the responsibilities I had with stats and information, all while maintaining my own database to use ... read more

5973_2d860c6d06_small August 11, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City I fall down. A lot. But, in the process of founding two companies, I've learned a little secret: If you want to be the founder of a successful startup, there is nothing more important than resilience. You have to be able to take some tumbles and then, brush your shoulders off and get right back up again. When you learn to fall and fail with grace, the slip-ups that make starting your own company so challenging can actually be turned into successes. To take a literal example, when I was in Kuwait City in 2010 securing some key contacts for the first company I founded Prepay Nation, I had the opportunity to prove just how resilient I could be. I was entering the office of the CTO of one of the largest mobile operators … read more

5972_3f1fa434f5_small August 11, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Setting up shop in Omaha (or Midwest for that matter) has been the one decision questioned regularly by many of our coastal counterparts. But the many startups that have successfully built, launched and attracted major investment dollars right here in the Midwest know that no matter the location, if you're the best—relentlessly the best—success will follow. Nick Bowden, founder of MindMixer, joined more than 40 Straight Shot mentors and issued … read more

5961_5cfcb7f7d7_small August 5, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City “Have you lost your mind?” “No. This company is going to make it really big!” That was my go-to answer whenever someone felt like passing judgment. While I wasn’t 100 percent sure I bought my own story at the time, I was sticking to it. After 12 years at PepsiCo, I accepted an offer with a startup called Front Flip. The job meant I’d be kissing my life in Dallas goodbye and relocating my family to Kansas City ... read more

5946_9eb9c84d23_small July 27, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha A design patent is a patent that typically protects the ornamental design of a functional object. For example, jewelry, food containers, and computer icons are all examples of functional objects that can have an ornamental design that can be protected by a design patent. International protection for designs is very expensive for U.S. filers. Currently, foreign filing for design applications is governed by provisions of the Paris Convention. There are currently 174 members to the Paris Convention … read more

5926_742fe21bbb_small July 21, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City Since coming to Kansas City, I often get asked how the area stacks up to the valley. My answer is simple: This city reminds me of the valley six years ago. The biggest thing missing is the influx of talent. We are in an age with startups popping up like daisies and companies going public at a rate faster than what we have seen in almost a decade, where talented individuals have the upper hand over the businesses. The Kansas City startup community is struggling to locate and convince that talent to move to this area ... read more

5857_49fd8fdb34_small July 1, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines A few weeks ago, I opened my email on a Monday night to find a message from Dwolla's director of communications Jordan Lampe. Union Square Venture's general manager Brittany Laughlin (left) was headed to Des Moines for the day to chat with the Dwolla staff, but Jordan had something else in mind as well. "What if we did something like this?" he asked, referencing a link to Mac Chafkin's recent Fast Company article where nine … read more

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