Silicon Prairie News

5353_ad847ba4ac_small March 4, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha 2009: "You live in Omaha? When are you going to move away?" 2013: "Oh yeah, Omaha. I hear that's a pretty cool place." When I used to travel for business, my industry peers would always force themselves to feign interest in my answer to the usual first question: "Where are you from?" Oh, I'm from Omaha, I'd say. I love it there. It's a pretty exciting place to live right now and there's an awesome community … read more

5347_d57b252f07_small March 1, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City I'm not an expert. Honestly, I've only been to a single startup conference in my entire life: Thinc Iowa 2012 organized by Silicon Prairie News. Even so, that single conference changed the course of my life in several ways, many that I'm still discovering. With Silicon Prairie News' next conference Big Kansas City just a few short weeks away, here's what you should expect from it: 1. You will meet people that … read more

5300_01c0df1b67_small February 22, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Iowans are everywhere; at least that's how it feels to me. I'm the type of person that loves to catalog and share random knowledge, and when I learn that someone has a connection to this state I make a mental note of it. Those connections – people born, raised, educated or who otherwise lived here for a significant amount of time but have now moved elsewhere – are what we're calling "expats." As I wrote … read more

5299_560a0da531_small February 15, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Growing the Silicon Prairie startup community has been part of our organization's mission since its earliest days. That includes drawing attention to new startups, shining a spotlight on those making strides, sharing news about great events in the region and highlighting the folks working hard behind the scenes. When I presented "Silicon Prairie News, the Startup," at 1 Million Cups - Des Moines a few weeks ago, one of the questions asked of me was: "What are you doing to bring new people … read more

5180_9db93a8798_small January 14, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Las Vegas The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the largest gathering of technology suppliers, buyers and techno-nerds possibly in the world. I attended CES for three full days in hopes of getting new leads for my startup, Bawte. Bawte is a consumer-facing app that allows our users to tag the products they buy to create a custom product catalog consisting of only the products they own. When Bawte partners with brands, we can offer a much richer … read more

5179_65788fa5b3_small January 14, 2013 by Regan Carrizales

Kansas City As the momentum of Kansas City's entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to grow and success stories are built, the sustainability of a thriving Silicon Prairie will depend on the quantity and quality of the talent pipeline feeding startups. Developing relationships between the local startup scene and the next generation of talent is a critical piece to our future. A student group tour of Kansas City Startup Village last week opened the door to a new awareness. … read more

5157_4d0442cd0b_small January 7, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

With more than 1,300 posts published in 2012, it wasn't easy to choose just 10 stories for our annual look at the past year's biggest stories in the Silicon Prairie. When doing so, I kept coming across stories that even though they didn't belong on the list, they deserved to be shared. From a Microsoft acquisition to a "Silicon Prairie" mention on "The Office," here are 12 stories from 2012 that are worth reading again. … read more

5156_d1b7a78c03_small January 6, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (Guest post by Matthew Marcus.) During one of his more memorable speeches, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs told his employees, "We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?" At first glance, one might presume Jobs was simply telling his minions that he wanted Apple to change the world. But, I believe Jobs had a deeper meaning in mind. I think he used the word "here" not … read more

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