Silicon Prairie News

5143_f5f689a425_small January 2, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Eyes were on the Silicon Prairie in 2012 as the startup community in and around Kansas City, Omaha and Des Moines earned attention from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and other outlets. Startups like Dwolla, MindMixer and Hudl were mentioned in many of those stories, as their milestones have earned them a place in the public eye. But who will be the Silicon Prairie startups in those same stories in 2013? For the second year …  read more

5118_d0dc1db57c_small January 2, 2013 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines The Dec. 20 issue of The New Republic magazine includes an article — published online as "Silicon Valley’s Profit-Killing Provincialism" and in print as "No Angels" — by Lydia DePillis on the trials of raising capital outside Silicon Valley. The story includes insights from John Schnipkoweit, founder of Cedar Rapids-based RecBob, and John Jackovin, founder of Des Moines-based Bawte … read more

5141_8b1a8ad0fd_small December 31, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

An Omaha startup signed a TV deal, a Columbia, Mo. startup went from Startup Weekend to Y Combinator in eight months and a Kansas City entrepreneur who sold his company for more than $125 million last year returned to found another startup and fund others. These are three of my picks for the year's 10 biggest stories, which are stories that received our … read more

5063_df20def9c1_small December 10, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Over the four years that I've written for Silicon Prairie News, I haven't seen an article on Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City's startup scene receive as much buzz and attention as the recent New York Times story, "Tech Start-Ups Find a Home on the Prairie." Tweet after tweet, Facebook like after Facebook like and email after email, readers shared the story far and wide. On Nov. 21, the day The Times published the piece online, it made … read more

5059_89e28c4e38_small November 29, 2012 by Jeff Slobotski

As the Silicon Prairie startup community develops, one of the ways collaboration and connections occur is through consistent opportunities to engage with one another. A strong community, moreover, is lead by a group of actors who are passionate around building our cities and region into something greater, and they take steps to make that happen. Actions by three individuals in the wake of our Thinc Iowa 2012 event in October … read more

5043_1766af4ccc_small November 22, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

For the second year, we asked founders, investors, executives and other participants in the Silicon Prairie startup community one question: What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday? We limited answers to 50 words and though our focus on Silicon Prairie News is to cover startups, we left the focus of their answers up to them. Some thanked their clients – "my clients … who trust our vision" … read more

4940_e5497dea25_small October 28, 2012 by Guest Contributor

San Francisco (Guest post by Philip Rosedale.) I recently posted on the Coffee & Power blog about Silicon Valley's amazing lead in startups, and our analysis of why it is both so strong and growing. The summary is that Silicon Valley has more tech people per capita (and per square mile) than anywhere else in the world, making it a very safe place for startups and software development, and also that when you run into tech people in San Francisco, they tend to be unusually open and helpful. The new version of Coffee & Power … read more

4939_9f01b9d6df_small October 28, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines Reports of our economic demise have been greatly exaggerated | History can be a crafty fox. It’s misleading because it likes phases and doesn’t often spend time looking back at how silly its old hairstyles once were. In the 1970s, history was wearing bell-bottoms and snorting coke at Studio 54. It opted for hammer pants and a boombox on its shoulder in the 1980s. Today it hasn’t shaved for two months and sports a tank top and skinny jeans as if those hammer pants never happened. The idea that the Midwest in the Twentieth century is divided into a rising phase before 1950 and a falling phase after is an easy arc to get your mind … read more

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