Silicon Prairie News

946_14b7a45991_small June 1, 2010 by Andrea Ciurej

Lincoln As social media continues to surge, more and more companies are turning to sites such as Facebook and Twitter to attract an untapped audience and dive into new trends. However, some businesses, especially smaller companies, are having problems latching onto the new social wave and advancing technology. That's why Lateef Johnson decided to launch his startup called Deckerton, a company that strives… read more

915_065afd9b60_small June 1, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

In the week leading up to Big Omaha 2010, I spoke with Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg about his company's background, the recent WordCamp San Francisco, the WordPress Foundation and more. Matt was a tremendous addition to this year's Big Omaha event. From the moment he arrived in Omaha and invited others to join him for a BBQ lunch, to his interview with blogger, technical evangelist and managing director of building43 Robert Scoble, Matt was a pleasure to host. Stay tuned over the next few… read more

923_f4134764f8_small May 26, 2010 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines A self-described video blogger recently premiered a somewhat unorthodox autobiographical documentary at Impromptu Studio in Des Moines. The film, 101 Days of 12 Second Videos, is an amalgamation of John Pemble’s life from late-2009 through March 20, 2010. John utilized the web-based video platform to publish a literal… read more

910_01b9a8108f_small May 20, 2010 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln The bio of Tim Siedell's Twitter account, @badbanana, reads: "Sometimes I just want to give it all up and become a handsome billionaire." Although it's unlikely Siedell will join the ranks of Warren Buffett as one of Nerbaska's billionaires, he's already joined the company of Larry the Cable Guy as one of the state's funniest. Since his first tweet in March 2007, Siedell has accumulated over 370,000 followers, been named one of PCWorld's Top 10 Funniest People on Twitter… read more

918_34fa42e992_small May 19, 2010 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Written by Lisa Martin of Shout!, an alternative weekly newspaper in Omaha, this article kicks off our content syndication partnership with the publication. | Oh, she’s the one that got away. Ebullient, warm, and clearly on top of her game, Rachelle Hruska is that girl – the Nebraska transplant to New York City, middle-America’s girl-next-door turned Manhattan media maven. The editor of New York social scene and… read more

909_62176e264a_small May 18, 2010 by Andrea Ciurej

Omaha The mission of KANEKO, the venue of the annual Big Omaha event, is to support and promote freedom in creativity, which begins with an idea and a vision to see things differently. Scott Blake, a 32-year-old Florida native, couldn't be promoting this mission any clearer with his 21st century barcode art resembling the most notable faces in modern culture. Blake, a classically trained artist, studied figure drawing for three years and painted bowls of still-life fruit. Now, instead of using a paintbrush with the flick of his… read more

897_34293880dc_small May 11, 2010 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls For Nate Petersen it started as a simple desire to take his wife out to dinner. Then, it became a tiny idea validated by the purchase of the web domain Finally, after years of tinkering with the idea and growing the courage to leave his "real job," his idea became a business. Petersen, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, owns and operates FallsFood, a website which tells locals in the Sioux Falls area – those who live… read more

893_b2936f8fab_small May 9, 2010 by Jeff Slobotski

Omaha About a week ago, I had the privilege of interviewing one of this decade's leading entrepreneurs, Tony Hsieh. Prior to building Zappos into a company that Amazon would eventually acquire for 850 million-dollars, Hsieh co-founded and sold the internet advertising network LinkExchange to Microsoft for 265 million-dollars in 1998. Tony's passion and drive to build Zappos' company culture is infectious…  read more

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