Silicon Prairie News

3416_165f335ba6_small February 2, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park Imagine you own a small business and a dissatisfied customer tweets about your company's service. Soon more people latch on to that negative nugget and pass it along via their social networks. For a business that isn't properly prepared, one thought can turn into a tide of negativity. But Rich Neal believes his company has just the tool to sniff out and snuff out those threats. Neal is the chief envisioneer, chief information officer and director of … read more

3567_ddd17b8432_small February 2, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Since TECHdotMN launched a little more than two years ago, I've followed the tech industry in my home state of Minnesota thanks to the work of two individuals, Jeff Pesek and Mike Bollinger, co-founders of the site. With a mission similar to ours at Silicon Prairie News, Pesek and Bollinger have built an authoritative outlet to showcase original reporting, curated media coverage, a comprehensive calendar of events … read more

3535_0839ce0a19_small February 1, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Lincoln couple Khara and Emir Plicanic’s cross-country bicycle trip started very low-tech, in a way, with four books. The first three were all books Khara read (and Emir read "by proxy" based on their discussions): "My Life on the Run" by Bart Yasso, "A Million Miles and a Thousand Years" by Donald Miller and "The Art of Nonconformity" by Chris Guillebeau. Each included some mention of riding bicycles across the United States. "I had never thought of a bike as a mode of travel transportation," said Khara, a … read more

3512_0e3a2a502b_small January 26, 2012 by Michael Quinlan

Omaha Artifact Bag Co. and its founder Chris Hughes are a unique up-and-coming prairie company – a refreshingly old-school startup in a technical community. Hughes makes bags. Great bags. One in particular, the No. 215 Lunch Tote (below), has earned attention from popular tech blogs to established media outlets. "It's a simple, elegant design," the New York Times wrote. Using American-sourced waxed … read more

3477_e04e49645e_small January 23, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City Shaul Jolles loves Kansas City. And it shows. Jolles, a University of Missouri-Kansas City graduate who was born and raised in Israel, landed in the Kansas City area over a decade ago after serving in the Israeli army. Initially intending to only stay for a semester during his undergraduate studies, he's still in Kansas City 12 years later. "I fell in love with Kansas City.” Jolles said. “I didn't think in the beginning that this was my place, but I really fell in love … read more

3418_b654c00d38_small January 10, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Ames My Online Camp started in 2006 with a single client and a single goal: helping coaches and camp operators promote and manage camps more successfully. Today, the Ames-based startup has 1,100 clients and counting scattered across the country. But the story of the company's growth starts with a King Kong-sized … read more

3396_5a2d0d4c0c_small January 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Shannon Thomas' pitch last March on the final night of Startup Weekend Des Moines wasn't quite enough to win over the judges — her startup, Fundle, earned best pitch didn't finish among the top three overall* — but it helped her catch the attention of the one person in the room who turned out to matter most of all. "She just totally rocked the pitch," Kenny Younger said of Thomas. "It was amazing. … 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

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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