Silicon Prairie News

1052_f9e540bced_small July 6, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha When I spoke with Chad Stansbury a couple weeks ago to learn more about Scriptito, I also asked him to share his thoughts on entrepreneurship. In January, Chad, 40, married with two children, left his full-time job as director of IT at Carlson Hotels Worldwide to create a product he could call his own. He set up an office in his basement and began… read more

914_1eb0ee6ef7_small June 29, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha In the weeks leading up to Big Omaha, I conducted an audio interview with Scott Belsky, founder and CEO of Behance, a New York-based company developing products and services for creative industries. Belsky shared information around the creation of the Behance Network, the world's leading online platform for creative professionals, and The 99 Percent, Behance's think tank and annual conference devoted to execution in the creative world. read more

1005_04db71cc03_small June 23, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Over lunch at last Wednesday's Regional Energy Innovation Summit, attendees were treated to a presentation from Ted Zoller, Ph.D., executive director of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Zoller, who's also an adjunct professor at UNC, has been an entrepreneur for most of his life. Now, it's his mission to help entrepreneurs. read more

982_c7a1c1fa1a_small June 17, 2010 by Andrea Ciurej

Lincoln When Dr. C. Layne Fontenot was an engineering manager for Intel Corporation, he had attracted an unknown illness that neither he nor his doctors were able to diagnose. Fontenot kept getting the run-around from doctor's office to the next in search of his medical condition. In the meantime, he became sicker and sicker. "[He] became really sick to the point where he couldn't work anymore," said Wade Sikkink (left), who was a product manager at Intel at the time. "Nobody could figure out what was wrong… read more

972_94f7a23476_small June 10, 2010 by Kyle Tonniges

Omaha The following article is part of a special insert in the June 3-9 issue of The Reader, a weekly newspaper focusing on the area's culture. | Innovation, determination and the courage to change the way business is done — the boldness to disrupt traditional thinking — is often prized in hindsight. Success, as they say, has a thousand fathers. But the courage to take that first step is a rare quality. In the rarified world of CEOs, TD AMERITRADE’s Joe Moglia is something of an anomaly. One of five children who grew up sharing a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, he’s truly a man who has made his own way in the world. After high school, he enrolled in Fordham University, hoping… read more

968_d8b7e3120a_small June 8, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha We are excited to share the interview that Robert Scoble of building43 conducted with Agile Sports' CTO, Brian Kaiser, while he was in town last month for Big Omaha. The Agile Sports team continues to crank out some amazing work from Lincoln, and we are excited to continue sharing their successes with a broader community. This video is a continuation in what will surely… read more

950_b2c2d9cbae_small June 3, 2010 by Geoff Wood

Omaha Fresh off moderating a panel of entrepreneurs at Big Omaha, I spoke with David Hauser about his impressions of the event and the Midwest. David, a Boston resident, is the co-founder of Grasshopper, Chargify and Grasshopper Labs. He was in Omaha for the first time to participate not only as a moderator but to open up the event, following the local… read more

949_c486bd0f28_small June 3, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha While an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Willy Chyr learned to juggle figuratively and literally. Between double-majoring in economics and physics and hanging out with friends, Chyr performed in a local circus. And when opportunity presented itself his sophomore year, he added another ball to his act. "One time an event organizer was looking for a balloon twister… read more

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