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4416_d6a44d00ea_small July 11, 2012 by Sarah Binder

Kansas City PlanetReuse recently gained national media attention for its plan to encourage the reuse of building materials, but InvenQuery, the technology that powers it, is just beginning to grow. The two Kansas City, Mo. companies share the same leadership team of Nathan Benjamin and Willow Lundgren. Benjamin has been building PlanetReuse for four years, and the team has worked on InvenQuery … read more

4034_cd0e57bee6_small May 3, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Christopher Kingsley remembers it well – the “aha” moment he experienced while sitting across the table from entrepreneurs pitching for funds. Kingsley is the co-founder and CEO of 42, the Lincoln-based digital agency and software lab formerly known as Roundscapes that in March announced its new identity and the completion of a $1.5 million round of funding from Lincoln firms Nelnet and Nebraska Global. But Kingsley's journey to entrepreneurship started long before that. When he was 12, he had … read more

3967_8da760a070_small April 19, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City RareWire is nearly ready to introduce its "secret weapon" to a broader audience. The Kansas City, Mo.-based mobile app creation studio and software provider, founded in March 2010 by former Saepio colleagues Matt Angell (below left) and Kirk Hasenzahl (left), saw the potential with the launch of the iPad for a platform that would make it easier for companies and developers to create their own apps. Since then, RareWire has been building mobile apps for local and international clients like the United States Military Academy at West Point … read more

3933_858b00d35a_small April 17, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Gary Kebbel sees the future of journalism – and the world – in mobile. “Cell phones and mobile devices are the one, only supreme way to bridge every digital divide I can think of,” said Kebbel (left), the Dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications and the current driving force behind its new Mobile Media Center (he is recruiting an associate dean to take over the center this fall). “If you want to reach everybody and reach everybody with the same message, you’ve got to do it on mobile devices. Some would argue you can do it on TV also, but who’s watching?” … read more

3943_139633e19b_small April 11, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln University of Nebraska-Lincoln journalism practice professor Matt Waite will serve as a speaker and mentor at Hack Omaha this weekend. The path that brought him there includes ventures as varied as a book on wetlands preservation, a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and work on the cutting edge of drone journalism. But it's a path that's perhaps best appreciated chronologically. A native of Blair, Neb., Waite entered the university where he now … read more

3912_05053b0699_small April 5, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City One year after making the leap from part-time to full-time blogger, Shawn Blanc has no regrets. Blanc launched shawnblanc.net, his tech- and design-centric blog, in July of 2007 on the side of his full-time job as director of marketing for the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, Mo. In April 2011 he left IHOP to write and blog full-time. Silicon Prairie News conducted an email interview with Blanc this month, the one-year anniversary of his foray … read more

3898_b34b144471_small April 2, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Austin Nevermind that he was busy participating in one panel and moderating another last month at South By Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas. Jeff Slobotski, SPN's co-founder and chief community officer, still found time to put on his reporter's hat and go to work. In the midst of a whirlwind few days in Austin, he caught up with Scott Case, CEO of the Startup … read more

3872_1cbdd1578c_small March 30, 2012 by Amy Engle

Airline captain Dan Stratman of Kansas City knows the frustrations of airline travel firsthand. "As a captain for a major airline for 23 years, I encountered many stressed out and frustrated customers on my flights," Stratman (left) said on Tuesday. "My uniform is like a magnet for people who need help and I'm very sympathetic to that and thought 'I'm going to put all my inside knowledge to work into (an app) and include all the features people need.' " … read more

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