Silicon Prairie News

3321_ed1c07025d_small December 16, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City If you're familiar with Amazon's Wish List feature, which allows users to add practically any merchandise to their wish list from any website, LivThis built a similar software plugin that aims to provide online shoppers an alternative option for collecting online items all in one place. Kansas City native and LivThis founder Ryan Bennett moved back home after a stint in Silicon Valley to pursue LivThis even stronger … read more

3288_cc3ef70c52_small December 9, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Rodrigo "Rigo" Neri, a Brazilian native who made his way to the Kansas City nearly seven years ago, has a knack for working at home, or more appropriately, homework. "I have fun creating new things," Neri, the maker of myHomework mobile app by night and a senior software engineer at Cerner Corporation by day, said in an email interview yesterday, "so while some people are at home playing … read more

3237_e9d3b0aadd_small November 30, 2011 by Amy Oline

Des Moines A recent KPMG International survey of 900 companies found that four out of five companies have adopted or plan to adopt cloud computing. Companies cited economic factors, improved … read more

3226_d09e93a68a_small November 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha When Ryan Downs came on board as president of Proxibid in August 2010, Downs, an Omaha native and veteran of eBay and PayPal, expressed considerable excitement over his new gig. "This is a really rare opportunity to be involved in a disruptive Web company that's growing like crazy, that is relentlessly focused on the customer, focused on culture," … read more

3200_16d48d8767_small November 22, 2011 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Educating people to enter the technology field is tough, given its notorious fast pace and constant changes. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management, faculty, alumni and industry advisors and volunteers use a constantly evolving approach to make sure graduates are ready. … read more

3192_9493b7f0c7_small November 21, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City As we reported earlier this month, a couple of Kansas City-area technology initiatives have joined forces to form a new group that's taking a more regional approach to representing Kansas City's technology interests. That new group, called KCnext - The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, is a fusion of the Software and Information Technology … read more

3190_86cea43c20_small November 17, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Brian Hemesath wasn't far removed from the lecture halls of Iowa State University, where he graduated in 1999 with a computer engineering degree, when he took a chance by going to work for a telecom company, Raviant Networks, in 2000. " 'Give it a year,' " Hemesath recalls being told, " 'and you'll either be richer than hell or be out of a job.' "And it was a year and a week to the day that I was in … read more

3162_fa5782e948_small November 15, 2011 by Willis Jackson

Kansas City Entrepreneurs Unpluggd comes to the Silicon Prairie today with an event in Kansas City featuring a fantastic lineup of speakers. Behind Entrepreneurs Unpluggd, a Chicago-based blog and event production company, are co-founders Tim Jahn, who has been a regular at Big Omaha, and Stella Fayman … read more

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Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.