Silicon Prairie News

4893_9bae88567b_small October 16, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Some observers of college sports will tell you that athletes improve the most between their freshman and sophomore year. While I'm no coach, I believe that theory has to do with the idea that the initial year sets your baseline. After seeing how your particular skills and ability fit into the new environment, you take that first offseason to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. You make adjustments. And, in that second season, you enjoy the largest … read more

4822_b40b0a9249_small October 5, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Omaha (Guest post by Heath Mello.) As local and state governments continue to wrestle with a wide range of ongoing policy challenges, one issue continues to stand out as an opportunity to help solve many problems with a simple stroke of the keyboard: releasing usable government data. Transparency in government continues to be an ongoing issue facing not just the state government, but also city and county governments. Yes, budgets are sent to the Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts every year and some Nebraska cities and counties provide more budgetary information on their websites to give the public more detail of where their tax dollars are currently being spent. However, why isn't that information in a usable-data format like Microsoft Excel? As part of my interim study … read more

4760_a490db83a6_small September 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

… and, yes, we got a good chuckle out of it, just as many other Prairie people seem to have. As "The Office" opened its ninth and final season last night, viewers of the sitcom were brought up to speed with a rundown of how the show's characters spent their summers. As you can see in the video above (cued up to about 30 seconds before the Silicon Prairie mention), Ryan Howard …  read more

4623_773fe1a95e_small August 18, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Lincoln (Guest post by Bart Dillashaw.) The topic of Form D filings has come up a few times in recent weeks in conversations with clients and in a few blog posts by folks like Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group, so I thought this might be a topic worth providing a little more background about. This may get a little deeper into legal nuances than the average post, but I'm a lawyer, so indulge me. There is a basic premise underlying the laws and regulations covering the purchase and sale of interests in companies that states that you should not sell these interests, or securities, without telling the truth about your business and disclosing all of the risks involved with investing in your company. In order to ensure that appropriate disclosure is provided, these … read more

4540_d4c865c91a_small August 9, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

One counts McDonald's among its account holders, another carries recognition from the SXSW Interactive Awards and another had its product featured on the PBS News Hour. Seven months ago, none of these milestones had been achieved, but we've seen quick progress and achievements. In January, I presented a list of 10 Silicon Prairie companies that I deemed "startups to watch in 2012." My reasons for choosing the 10 ranged from experienced … read more

4559_a32cafd86a_small August 5, 2012 by Tom Chapman

One of the most important things that a startup can do is find a good group of beta customers. Good beta customers have some key characteristics. In some ways it is like Corinthians 13: Beta customer is patient, beta customer is kind. Beta customer does not envy, beta customer does not boast, it is not proud. Beta customer does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Beta customer does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Beta Customer … read more

4523_92a9c42e65_small July 26, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha In an interview today, Zaarly founder Bo Fishback said Google Fiber will "kickstart a wave of new startup energy and activity" in Kansas City's startup community. On Twitter, it appears it's begun. Though not specifically "startup energy," a Twitter search for "#GoogleFiber AND 'move' " turns up … read more

4504_25b3f7d2ff_small July 24, 2012 by Guest Contributor

Washington, D.C. (Guest post by Terry Roberts.) When I first heard about TechStars hosting an abbreviated version of the 90-day accelerator program, I thought, "Sweet! Tell me more!" Then I saw that it was three days, it would be hosted at Georgetown University, and that it was geared specifically towards Veterans. That's when I felt goose bumps. Before I knew it, I was on a plane to D.C. to attend the first inaugural TechStars Patriot Boot Camp. You see, entrepreneurs are a rare breed who "…(go) to … read more

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