Silicon Prairie News

5640_9153198e6d_small May 1, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Here we go again with the ag stuff. As most of my friends will tell you, it peeves me when the national media stereotypes Iowa based on its agricultural history. By almost any account, Dwolla's announcement Tuesday of its $16.5 million Series C round led by Andreessen Horowitz was a great thing for Des Moines' startup community. It brought continued attention to what's been growing here, added more than 30 startup jobs here … read more

5590_ac0c0cb6a7_small April 22, 2013 by Regan Carrizales

Kansas City Storytelling is a beautiful, ever-evolving art form and Instagram is one of its vehicles. As I was scrolling through my feed last Friday, I stopped for a second to reflect on the events of the past few months and the impact of those events on the Kansas City startup community. Our inaugural Big Kansas City event came and went with high fives and smiles, moments of inspiration and moments that emotionally moved each of us. Standing to the side of the stage as Scott … read more

5592_622433a366_small April 21, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City Late last year over lunch, I was complaining about the lack of diversity in tech to Hack of the Sexes co-founder Jason Carrigan. He challenged that we should do something about it. Although our original idea of a boys vs. girls challenge in the tech space sparked a lot of controversy, much of the heat came from people who were opposed to the premise and thought that dividing the sexes is counter-productive and a step backward. We believe that providing a friendly competition where women are challenged to work … read more

5586_0748f59315_small April 19, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln Black Girls Code: a bold name for a bold organization. Kimberly Bryant founded the San Francisco-based nonprofit last year with a mission to close the gap of women and people of color in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) fields. She is getting young girls interested in technology by introducing them to programming. After a successful year of holding workshops across the nation and abroad to introduce thousands of girls to tech … read more

5548_dc519f85e8_small April 10, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Kansas City and Austin, Texas, became Google Fiber siblings Tuesday with the announcement that the internet giant would take its ultrafast connectivity south in the middle of next year. Just as was the case when Kansas City heard the news in 2011, the big-picture impact is foggy. Will the unique relationship with Austin build a stronger community here? … read more

5453_7b751d5ba5_small March 23, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Inventors—if you are not practicing your sprint drills…you should be. The race to the Patent Office has begun and there is no ribbon for second place. Prior to March 16, 2013, the United States was a first-to-invent country. Although there could be exceptions to the rule, the date of invention in the United States was determined upon execution of a two-step process that included: 1. Conception; and 2. Reduction to practice. Conception was the touchstone of inventorship and represented the … read more

5449_745a657963_small March 22, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City This weekend, about 100 hackers, developers and visionaries will gather in the City of Fountains for Hacking the Gigabit City, an event aimed at creating and developing the advanced uses for the ultra-high-speed connectivity that Google Fiber is bringing to Kansas City. Our local organizations—the Kauffman Foundation and KC Digital Drive—have partnered with the national resources of Mozilla Foundation and US Ignite to kick off the event, which works to create advanced "use cases" for the homes in Kansas City that will have gigabit connection speeds. While there are many gigabit … read more

5446_fb0afdfc2e_small March 22, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Sioux Falls (Guest post by June and Bobby George.) It's difficult to describe how we work together. It's more of an intuition, or a posture, than anything else. Nonetheless, we thought we'd share a few thoughts on the process, how we envision our collaboration, charting out the strengths just as much as the weaknesses. We'll also sprinkle in a little bit of the "why," which is, in many respects, the driving catalyst … read more

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