Silicon Prairie News

6909_f5fdf7fff8_small June 10, 2014 by Sponsor Author

Kansas City Over the last three years, Red Nova Labs has made its Kansas City office not only a place to work but also a reflection of its culture and spirit. "This open and configurable space allows for 2:30 p.m. ping pong breaks, edgy workspaces and inter-office Nerf gun wars and are just the edge pieces of how we use the space," Red Nova Labs' marketing coordinator Katelyn Wyss told SPN. "At the heart of our office, we have an environment where talent is rewarded, ambition is applauded and everyday work is actually fun." read more

6801_8ea667b15b_small May 14, 2014 by Katrina Markel

Omaha Women-led tech groups are growing in Nebraska and leaders say it's because there's a need for camaraderie, personal growth and networking among women in tech. In the last two years, five Nebraska-based groups have grown in an attempt to change the tide in the male-dominated fields of science, tech, engineering and math. That's partially why software engineer Sandi Barr co-founded Omaha Women Coding, an organization that launched last week. read more

6702_c88acc161e_small April 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Ionia If there's anyone who truly personifies entrepreneurship in Iowa, it's Carl Blake. A software engineer with no formal training turned innovative hog farmer, Blake is the cross-section of what Iowa's economy has been traditionally known for and what it's working to become ... read more

6653_3babf18b13_small April 4, 2014 by Julia Hogren

Nick Evans has always been fascinated with how to get a lot more done with less work. A Nebraska native, Evans created a $20 piece of hardware, Tile, that users attach to anything they’re prone to lose—phone, remote, car keys. Syncing with iOS devices, users can seek out their stuff along with the help of trusted friends and family also dialed into their network. His light-hearted, easy-going attitude is underscored by an intense motivation, highlighted by his impressive resume ... read more

6631_f420bb26ae_small March 25, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Quote I might have said: “They ought to take chances. Not taking chances will lead to a life of colorless mediocrity. They’ll be comfortable. But something in their spirit will be missing.” — Carlos Hortas, Dean of Yale University (So I didn't say it, but sounds like me.) read more

6621_ea92eed6dc_small March 25, 2014 by Kate Brosseau

Kansas City Roughly an hour and a half from his office in the Kansas City Startup Village, EyeVerify CEO and founder Toby Rush was trained in the art of entrepreneurship. It wasn't in a classroom or under the wing of a seasoned business icon, but in the fields of his family's farm in Severance, Kan. ... read more

6444_6e6654b49e_small February 3, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Paul Jarrett's opinion of the Pipeline entrepreneurship program changed quickly. At the beginning, talked into it by friends and mentors, Jarrett went to the first interview in jeans and was surrounded by entrepreneurs with suits and briefcases. "I've never owned a briefcase in my life," he said. But by the end of it, after he was accepted and went through the year-long program, Jarrett was all in—and all nerves ... read more

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

The polls are open!

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.