Silicon Prairie News

6388_7e66b2a44b_small January 21, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City If you think Anthony Marlowe's name looks familiar, you're probably right. Over the last decade, there have been countless stories about Marlowe's business-process outsourcing company TMone, which was acquired by Jacksonville, Fla.-based Enhanced Recovery Company earlier this year. He's been named one of Inc.'s "25 Youngest CEOs from the Inc. 5,000 list" and he just became the co-owner of a NASCAR team ... read more

3793_01890fbcdf_small March 16, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City It's been less than two months since Ryan Weber took the helm of KCnext - The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, and the agenda is full. KCnext aims to promote the area's tech sector by supporting its community and the tech industry as a whole through publicity, education and building employment opportunities. As we reported earlier this year, Weber took over in mid-January as the first president of the newly-formed organization, which is a fusion of the Software and Information Technology Association of Kansas (SITAKS) and a previous iteration of KCnext. Since then, Weber has focused on eliciting feedback from his members and planning events. … read more

3365_73a6526529_small December 27, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Prairie Village After spending years on the East Coast and overseas working stints with TH Lee Putnam Ventures, Morgan Stanley and Citibank, Fred Coulson returned to his Midwestern roots in 2006, moving back to the Kansas City area to start Five Elms Capital. Five Elms, which makes investments of $1-10 million and works heavily with Midwestern businesses, made its first … read more

3357_5ac4700f3c_small December 26, 2011 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln The new president of the Nebraska Angels has two goals for 2012: "More members and more deals." Bart Dillashaw, a Lincoln attorney, succeeded Nebraska Angels founder John Brasch in October as the second president in the organization’s history. Dillashaw has been interested in technology and startups since attending college in Texas during the '90s dot-com boom, and he previously practiced law in Silicon Valley before moving to Lincoln in July 2010. "There's something … read more

3273_2e0fcdf21c_small December 7, 2011 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln For Lincoln-based Nelnet, investing in local startups is part business and part contributing to an "ecosystem" of strong startups and growing businesses in Nebraska. "If we can create a better environment in our community for startups, technology, whatever it is, that's only going to benefit Nelnet," said Ben Kiser, Nelnet's managing director of communication services. Creating a community with more … read more

2228_04fc0e3150_small May 11, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Fargo When we talked to Tadd Tobkin of Arthur Ventures for the story published Monday about the Fargo, N.D.-based venture capital firm, Tobkin was so generous with his insights that we couldn't squeeze everything into one post. So, we've compiled a collection of noteworthy excerpts from our interview with Tobkin that didn't quite make the cut for Monday's story. Included in the video are Tobkin's take on what he looks for in potential portfolio companies, why Arthur Ventures takes such a hands-on approach to venture capital and what it will take to get successful Midwestern entrepreneurs to consistently reinvest in local startups. … read more

1817_0fed6f04b1_small February 18, 2011 by Chris G. Shaw

Kansas City As the managing partner of Think Big Partners, Think Big Kansas City and bizperc, Herb Sih has been busy over the last three years (Left, photo from Most recently, Think Big announced a collaboration with Angel Capital Group, a Tennessee-based investment group, to launch 4-6 companies in an incubator right here in Kansas City. The Think Big KC incubator is based on the Y Combinator/TechStars proof-of-concept model. Founders apply with a business plan and receive a little funding, along with some legal and marketing help, and 90 days of… read more

1452_e5b5064d35_small November 16, 2010 by Steve Brewer

Omaha (Left: UNeMed president Michael Dixon. Photo by Marlon Wright.) Billions of dollars go into medical research, and billions can eventually be made from the resulting products. Unfortunately, there is often a large gap between an idea and its profits. This is called the “valley of death” in the health care field, and it’s UneMed’s job to bring local ideas through that valley to the other side. UNeMed is a division of the University of Nebraska Medical Center… 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.