Silicon Prairie News

3325_014c2280ae_small December 26, 2011 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln While studying electrical engineering at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Matthew Wegener had a part time job at a salvage yard where he worked on cars and poured concrete. During his time there, Wegener realized the salvage yard needed an inventory management system. He made a proposal to build the system for them on evenings and weekends. "Literally it was just a card table in a salvage yard," … 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

3321_ed1c07025d_small December 16, 2011 by Royce Haynes

Kansas City If you're familiar with Amazon's Wish List feature, which allows users to add practically any merchandise to their wish list from any website, LivThis built a similar software plugin that aims to provide online shoppers an alternative option for collecting online items all in one place. Kansas City native and LivThis founder Ryan Bennett moved back home after a stint in Silicon Valley to pursue LivThis even stronger … read more

3288_cc3ef70c52_small December 9, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Rodrigo "Rigo" Neri, a Brazilian native who made his way to the Kansas City nearly seven years ago, has a knack for working at home, or more appropriately, homework. "I have fun creating new things," Neri, the maker of myHomework mobile app by night and a senior software engineer at Cerner Corporation by day, said in an email interview yesterday, "so while some people are at home playing … read more

3286_155e64d901_small December 9, 2011 by Christopher New

Des Moines Assistant prof. Jeff Inman's senior magazine capstone at Drake University feels equal parts college-newspaper-the-night-before-press and professional blog newsroom. Perhaps that's because the veteran of alternative weeklies, including Des Moines' Cityview, runs this class of over a dozen senior journalism students like a commercial publication. … 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

3237_e9d3b0aadd_small November 30, 2011 by Amy Oline

Des Moines A recent KPMG International survey of 900 companies found that four out of five companies have adopted or plan to adopt cloud computing. Companies cited economic factors, improved … read more

3226_d09e93a68a_small November 29, 2011 by Michael Stacy

Omaha When Ryan Downs came on board as president of Proxibid in August 2010, Downs, an Omaha native and veteran of eBay and PayPal, expressed considerable excitement over his new gig. "This is a really rare opportunity to be involved in a disruptive Web company that's growing like crazy, that is relentlessly focused on the customer, focused on culture," … read more

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