Silicon Prairie News

4818_38d76d86f3_small October 3, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Silicon Prairie News: What led to your decision to join the team at RockDex? | Matt Barr: The offer fell into my lap at the right time and in the right way. I had gained general software lifecycle and project management skills while working at Kiewit, and when I moved on to LeaseTeam I was working with some of the best developers in Omaha. When approached about RockDex, I had absorbed a lot of know-how from the team I was on and was ready to build something no one had seen before. | SPN: With the presidential debates on the horizon and just more than a month until the election, what does VoterTide … read more

4787_1280adbcb5_small September 26, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Silicon Prairie News: For those who aren't familiar with The Pink Store's origins, what's the story behind the business? | Beka Doolittle: I was living in a house with our three teenage boys and my hubby when the idea for The Pink Store came to me. I knew I wasn't the only one who loves the color pink and decided to begin building a company where anyone could shop for a variety of primarily pink products. I registered The Pink Store LLC in January 2007, but when I lost my job in 2009, I knew my idea would soon come to fruition. By March 2011, my hubby and I … read more

4777_310b44e50e_small September 24, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Des Moines Silicon Prairie News: What led you to Des Moines and Hatchlings? George Jurgens: Eight years ago I was invited to a friend originally from Iowa’s lake house on Lake Panorama. Ever since then I’ve been visiting every year and got to know Brad through mutual friends. | After graduating from university this year in England, I started looking for jobs with startups in the U.S. Brad was an ideal contact and offered me a position with Hatchlings, a business I've seen grow over the last few years. I didn’t realize until I started work at Hatchlings how huge the startup scene in the Midwest is, and I am excited to see where it will be in 10 years. Depending on how the visa situation goes, I’d love to stick around and be a part of that …  read more

4669_2207b7e632_small August 29, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Silicon Prairie News: In recent months you've added three side projects to your plate to complement your full-time gig at Cerner. How do you manage your time as you juggle so many projects? | Sam Bao: Well, Backly is a new development, so it hasn't taken up too much time yet, but I've had to change up my routine to fit everything in. During the week, I try to get up around 5 a.m. every day and put in two hours either working on Linkminded/Backly or go to the gym. Then I go to my day job at Cerner. After work, either I hit up the gym or have dinner with my wife before coding a little bit more. On the weekends, I usually spend a couple hours each day on Linkminded/Backly. Throughout the week … read more

4657_fcf8c45566_small August 28, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Silicon Prairie News: For those unfamiliar with Kohort, what's your pitch for the service and why it would make sense for their group? | Shane Reiser: Kohort is a new take on group management. Right now Kohort has the basics — you can start a group, invite people, manage your membership list and have Discussions with your members (which are integrated with email). The vision is to build a truly engaging, easy-to-use group management platform that gives organizers everything they need. The mission to enable group organizers of any type to spend more time actually leading their group and less time managing tools. I believe that groups … read more

4652_a940aa45ce_small August 24, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Silicon Prairie News: What big lessons have you learned about the intersection of sports, entertainment and technology in the year-plus that you've been at Sporting Innovations? | Luke Babb: One of the biggest lessons learned while at Sporting Innovations is that nothing's impossible. We have such a creative and dynamic team, and although we can't do it all at once, there's hardly ever a time when someone says something can't be done. However, the most valuable lesson has been figuring out how we can leverage technology to create unique and valuable experience for fans, whether they're interacting in-venue, or simply watching at home on the couch. | SPN: You've described yourself as "constantly pushing the edges … read more

4646_b8c680e740_small August 23, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Silicon Prairie News: As a former TweetCaster product manager, what factors would you say led to the app's explosive growth? | Aswin Shashindranath: There were three primary factors that contributed to the app's growth, the first being the increased number of smartphones launched with Android OS, second being Twitter becoming more mainstream and finally frequent updates to the application based on user feedback. | SPN: What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered in moving from product manager to director of monetization? | AS: It was difficult to move away from the day-to-day product decisions of creating and updating apps. However, thinking about advertising as a product helped me transition into the role more easily. In addition to that, I had … read more

4629_940a31c125_small August 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln Silicon Prairie News: Since the official announcement of Nebraska Global's funding of EliteForm in January, what are some of the most exciting developments you've overseen? | Brian Zimmer: The most exciting part of a startup is the formation of a cohesive team and delivery of a new solution that makes a difference in people’s lives. Our patent-pending platform continues to gain market traction and is now in use by major programs including Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Florida State and Kansas. EliteForm continues to build connections in the industry and has exhibited our product at conventions organized by NSCA, AFCA, NSCAA, NBASCA, CSCCa and THSCA. This week we’re launching … read more

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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